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Developmental Coordination Disorder and Functional Skills

Researchers in Taiwan determined that children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) and suspected DCD perform significantly lower on the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales and School Function Assessment when compared to typically developing peers. This indicated that the children with DCD and suspected DCD exhibit inadequate functional skills at home and school. Limitations of the study […]

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Motor Skills and Function in Children with CP

Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology published research that compared children with cerebral palsy’s scores on the GMFM-66 and the Vineland over 3 years. The study results indicated that there is a significant relationship between what a child can do (GMFM)and what a child does do (Vineland). The relationship was more positive for GMFCS Level I […]

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Motor Skills and ASD

Here are two interesting research studies on autism and motor skills both from Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. One study reports that out of 101 children with ASD (wide range of ASD and IQ), 79% exhibits movement impairments as reported on the Movement Assessment Battery for Children. Children with childhood autism and IQ of less […]

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Motor Skills During Adolescence in children with CP

Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology published research stating that adolescent children with cerebral palsy GMFCS Level III, IV and V demonstrated a functional decline in skills which were clinically significant. This longitudinal study followed 657 children with CP using the Gross Motor Function Measure-66. Children with cerebral palsy levels I and II did not experience […]

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ASD and Sensory Sensitivities

This is certainly not news to those who work with young ASD children on sensory processing skills. The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders published research stating that young autistic children experience specific sensory sensitivities with regards to tactile input, taste, smell and auditory filtering when compared to other children with different developmental disabilities. The […]

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Purposeful Hyperactivity, ADHD and Sensory Diet activities

Recent research in Abnormal Child Psychology reports on a study of 12 boys with ADHD were compared to 11 typically developing boys. All of the boys ages 8-12 years old wore actigraphs on their wrists and ankles during working memory tasks. The research indicated that all children moved more during working memory tasks but the […]