An assessment and evaluation of a training programme for a young child with development coordination difficulties
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The purpose of this study was to assess and gain an indepth understanding of the movement difficulties of an eleven-year-old boy, Furthermore, to investigate the effects that a training program, involving the Biometrics upper limb exerciser, has on the subject's condition. Through the administation of the Movement ABC Test, quantitative and qualitative results revealed that the subject has developmental co-ordination disorder. His total motor impairment was below the 5th percentile, therefore, additional help was imperative. The subject participated in the Biometrics training program over eight sessions lasting approximately twenty sessions each. Each session took place under the same conditions and the same the same five computer games, incorporating both gross and fine motor skills, were used for each of the sessions. Following the completion of the program, a second Movement ABC Test was administered to evaluate the program's effectiveness. Both the quantitative and the qualitative results from the second test revealed that there were considerable improvements in the subject's co-ordination and the associated problems. Thus, the results of this study indicate that the Biomctrics upper limb exerciser was able to assist in the development of co-ordination and other psychosocial issues related to developmental co-ordination disorder. However, regardless of the improvements gained through this study, the subject stìll has definite motor problems. Therefore, further help is still needed.
BSc (Hons)Sport, PE and Recreation
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