Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Perceptual Motor Performances of Children with Learning and Behavioral Disorders. (Special Populations)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Perceptual Motor Performances of Children with Learning and Behavioral Disorders. (Special Populations)

Article excerpt

Perceptual motor abilities are general traits of an individual that underlie the success of a variety of movement skills. Examining perceptual motor abilities is helpful for designing movement skill training programs. The purpose of this study was to examine perceptual motor performances of children with learning and behavioral disorders. Participants were 37 children, ages from 4 to 10 years old, 23 boys and 14 girls, showing learning and behavioral problems since they were diagnosed as learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, mental retardation, or autism. Wood Motor Success Screening Tool was used for analyzing these children's perceptual motor performances. The concurrent validity of this tool was checked using Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency-Short Form as the criterion measure. The test-retest reliability of this tool was investigated with the conduction of this tool twice within a week. Point scores earned from the first conduction of this tool were used to evaluate each child's perceptual motor performances. Spearman rank order and intraclass correlation methods were employed to calculate the concurrent validity coefficient and the test-retest reliability coefficient, respectively. Overall Motor Ability Norms and Individual Area Norms of the Wood Motor Success Screening Tool were employed to determine a participant's overall perceptual motor ability and areas of weakness. …

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