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Detection of motor clumsiness in preschool children with the little developmental coordination disorder questionnaire and the movement ABC-2 test

Laura Šubic (2019) Detection of motor clumsiness in preschool children with the little developmental coordination disorder questionnaire and the movement ABC-2 test. MSc thesis.

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    Abstract

    During the preschool period, children become cognizant of themselves and the world through movement. Most children have no problems with movement, but in some we may notice clumsiness in movement early on. With the child being an integral being, motor clumsiness affects all areas of his or her activity. During the early developmental period, the brain is in the process of intense maturation and is most susceptible to learning. It is therefore important to identify movement problems early. With an appropriate approach, problems can be mitigated, giving the child a higher quality of life. Motor clumsiness is sometimes referred to as a "hidden disorder" and is easily overlooked. Most research and measuring aids for identifying movement clumsiness focus on children in the late preschool years. The purpose of the master's thesis was to expand the set of the tested measuring aids for the identification of motor clumsiness in the early preschool period and to contribute to the improvement of special-educational practice in this field. Thus, the Little Developmental Coordination Disorder Questionnaire, allowing the identification of motor clumsiness from the age of three onwards, was translated and tested for the first time in our country. In the research part of the master's thesis, a quantitative research approach with the Little Developmental Coordination Disorder Questionnaire and the MABC-2 test was used. With the Little Developmental Disorder Questionnaire, we found a 40 % incidence of motor clumsiness in the sample; with the MABC-2 test, the incidence was 19 %. Among the children who were identified as physically clumsy by the MABC-2 movement test, the Little Developmental Coordination Disorder Questionnaire recognized 50%. We also found that the children with motor clumsiness had most difficulties with targeting, hunting, and activities requiring hand skills. Finally, we provided guidelines for the development of children's motor skills.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: motor clumsiness, preschool period, early identification, Little Developmental coordination disorder questionnaire
    Number of Pages: 77
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Tjaša FilipčičMentor
    Link to COBISS: https://plus.si.cobiss.net/opac7/bib/peflj/12612169
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 6010
    Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2019 10:58
    Last Modified: 30 Sep 2019 10:58
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/6010

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