Saturday, February 6, 2010

Group versus Individual Sessions for Kids with DCD

A recent study in the Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine was published on motor skill training for children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD). Twenty three children with DCD (mean age 8 yrs 1month) were split up with 12 children receiving motor skill training in a group and 11 on an individual basis, one time per week for 8 weeks. Both groups also were instructed in home exercise programs. All children were assessed with the Movement Assessment Battery for Children. Following the 8 week program both groups significantly reduced their scores on the Movement Assessment Battery for Children. There was no difference between the two groups in MABC scores, home exercise compliance and parent satisfaction. The researchers concluded that group motor skill training may be a "preferred treatment option due to the associated cost savings.".

Reference: Winnie W. Y. Hung, Marco Y.C. Pang Effects of group-based versus individual-based exercise training on motor performance in children with developmental coordination disorder: A randomized controlled study. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. Vol. 42/2010 (2): 122-128.

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