Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Motor Skill Interventions in Early Childhood

A review of the research was conducted on the benefits of motor skill interventions on the development of fundamental motor skills. The results indicated that a significant positive effect was found on the development of fundamental motor skills following motor skill interventions of planned motor activities. Similar improvements were seen in object control and locomotor skills from pre to post intervention. They also found that the effect size of the control groups (for example free play) was not significant. The researchers recommend that early childhood centers should provide planned motor skill interventions to encourage the development of fundamental motor skills.

Reference: Logan, S. W., Robinson, L. E., Wilson, A. E. and Lucas, W. A. (2011), Getting the fundamentals of movement: a meta-analysis of the effectiveness of motor skill interventions in children. Child: Care, Health and Development. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2011.01307.x.

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