The influence of developmental coordination disorder and attention deficits on associated movements in children

Melissa Licari, Dawne Larkin, M. Miyahara

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    Abstract

    The relationship between associated movements (AMs) and level of motor performance is not well understood. In this study we investigated whether children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD), with (n = 10) and without (n = 10) attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and a control group (n 10), differed in the severity of AMs. A total AM severity score was obtained for each child by rating their performance on AM tasks. Both groups with motor difficulties had significantly more severe AMs than the control group. A significant correlation was found between level of motor performance and total AM scores (r = -.62). Our results suggest that level of motor performance should be considered in future research attempting to understand individual differences in severity of AMs as a function of motor, learning, and behavioural disorders. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)90-99
    JournalHuman Movement Science
    Volume25
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

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