Motor proficiency of 6- to 9-year-old children with speech and language problems.

C. Visscher, S. Houwen, B. Moolenaar, J Lyons, E.J.A. Scherder, E. Hartman

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Aim This study compared the gross motor skills of school-age children (mean age 7y 8mo, range 6-9y) with developmental speech and language disorders (DSLDs; n=105; 76 males, 29 females) and typically developing children (n=105; 76 males, 29 females). The relationship between the performance parameters and the children's age was investigated as well as the role of the type of DSLD.Method The children with DSLDs were classified by their schools' speech and language therapists into three subgroups: children with speech disorders (n=16), those with language disorders (n=41), or those with both (n=48). They were tested with the Test of Gross Motor Development, 2nd edition.Results Compared with their typically developing peers, all three DSLD subgroups scored lower on the locomotor (all p values <0.001) and object control sub tests (all p values <0.001). Significant performance differences were found between the three types of DSLD (all p values <0.01) where the children with language disorders only performed better. Older children performed better than the younger ones (p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)254-258
Number of pages5
JournalDevelopmental Medicine and Child Neurology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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