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Academics and Motor Skills in Children with LD

Posted Apr 27 2011 5:20am
Some interesting research was published in the Journal of Learning Disabilities. The Movement Assessment Battery for Children (MABC) was performed on 137 children with learning disabilities (IQ>80). The following results were seen
  • 52.6% scored below the 15th percentile on manual dexterity
  • 40.9% scored below the 15th percentile on ball skills
  • 33.7% scored below the 15th percentile on balance skills
In addition, when controlled for IQ the following small to moderate correlations were seen between
  • spelling and math scores and overall MABC score
  • mathematics and balance scores
  • reading and ball skills
  • spelling and manual dexterity.
Reference: Pieter Jelle Vuijk, Esther Hartman,Remo Mombarg,Erik Scherder, and Chris Visscher Associations Between Academic and Motor Performance in a Heterogeneous Sample of Children With Learning Disabilities J Learn Disabil May/June 2011 44: 276-282, doi:10.1177/0022219410378446
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