Is compromised motor function associated with poor academic outcome?

occupational therapy children

In order to investigate this question Kantomaa and his Finnish colleagues used data from the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1986. This looked at 9,432 infants born between July 1, 1985, and June 30, 1986, in Oulu and Lapland. Follow up surveys took place when the children were age d 8 and again at 16.

In order to assess motor function parents were asked how well their children handled some common childhood activities including catching a ball and general clumsiness – how often bumped into things or fell over. Teachers were asked to rate the child’s academic performance.

Because childhood motor function is linked to cognitive development and growth, Kantomaa and his colleagues suggested that their findings that boys at age 8 were significantly more likely to have compromised motor function and that age 16, girls had higher academic achievement. may indicate that compromised motor function in childhood may have a  significant indirect effect on adolescents’ academic achievement.

The HandTutor is a glove that allows children and adults to intensively practice fine motor movements of the fingers and wrist which will lead to better accuracy of movement and grip strength. The HandTutor is used by Occupational therapists in combination with traditional fine motor movement treatments.


One response to this post.

  1. Reblogged this on Wild Juggling and commented:
    More and more we find links between compromised motor function and poor academic performance. Great read.


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