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ADHD, Asperger Syndrome and Motor Skills by Your Therapy Source Posted Tue 16 Aug 2011 9:15am Recent research evaluated the motor skills of 36, eight to twelve year old boys (12 with ADHD, 12 with Asperger Syndrome and 12 typically developing peers). The Physical and Neurological Examination for Subtle Signs was used to evaluate the boys and the following was examined: 1) total speed of timed activities, 2) total overflow, and 3) total d ... Read on »
Postural Control and Fine Motor Skills by Your Therapy Source Posted Thu 17 Nov 2011 10:37am The American Journal of Occupational Therapy published research on the relationship between postural control and fine motor skills in infants. The medical records were reviewed of 105 preterm infants. The Alberta Infant Motor Scale was used to assess postural control and the Peabody was used to evaluate fine motor skills. Statistical analysis ... Read on »
Child Welfare and Gross Motor Skills by Your Therapy Source Posted Sun 27 Nov 2011 2:35pm Here is an interesting study published in Pediatric Physical Therapy. One hundred seventy six children in the child welfare system underwent gross motor skill evaluations, physical examinations and case workers were interviewed. The results indicated the following significantly lower gross motor skills for children in foster care versus kins ... Read on »
3 Motor Control Variables to Check On When Teaching New Motor Skills by Your Therapy Source Posted Wed 04 Dec 2013 4:00am As pediatric therapists, we learn a significant amount of information on motor control theory.  Do you always put it into practice?  When teaching new motor skills, do you stop and think about the theories and research you have studied?  Here are three motor control variables to check when teaching new motor skills: 1.  What is the ch ... Read on »
BMI and Gross Motor Skills by Your Therapy Source Posted Sat 14 May 2011 9:25pm Pediatric Physical Therapy published research on the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and gross motor skill level in children. Fifty typically developing 3-5 year old children were evaluated with the Peabody Developmental Motor Scales. Of those 50 children, 24% were overweight/obese with 54% scoring below average on the PDMS in that g ... Read on »
Predicting Motor Skills In Children with ASD, ADHD and DCD by Your Therapy Source Posted Wed 10 Mar 2010 3:39am In a recent study published in Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 49 children with a mean age of 5 yrs 6 months were evaluated with the Movement Assessment Battery for Children (M-ABC). The children were diagnosed or at risk for developing ADHD, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), developmental coordination disorder (DCD) or no diagnosis. Al ... Read on »
OT Evaluation by Drew's Dad . Patient Expert Posted Thu 28 Oct 2010 5:22pm Drew's teacher requested permission to evaluate Drew's fine motor skills prior to his IEP meeting this fall. She had some concerns about his development in that area, and wanted to see if he was far enough behind to qualify for services. At our meeting this week, I received the evaluation. The school used a standardized "Peabody Developmental ... Read on »
Fine Motor Skill Level and Handwriting by Your Therapy Source Posted Mon 07 May 2012 1:03pm A student recently did a research review on the influence of fine motor skills on handwriting.  Of the nine articles that could be included, 7 researched the relationship between fine motor skills and handwriting legibility and 4 studies investigated fine motor skills and handwriting speed.   The results indicated that children with poor ... Read on »
Autism, Motor Skills and Socialization by Your Therapy Source Posted Thu 01 Sep 2011 7:55am If you ever need to justify why children with autism need occupational or physical therapy, don't forget to include the benefits that improvements in motor skill development has on socialization. Recent research looked at young children's scores on the Battelle Developmental Inventory–Second Edition for gross and fine motor skills. The Baby and ... Read on »
Relationship Between IQ and Motor Skills by Your Therapy Source Posted Thu 04 Oct 2012 4:00am Pediatrics published research on the relationship of IQ to motor skills.  Data on motor skills and IQ was assessed on 460 children in educational and clinic settings.  The results of the data analysis indicated that typical and atypical motor skills were seen at all levels of IQ.  In addition the following was seen "for each SD lower IQ, a ... Read on »