Thursday, November 17, 2011

Postural Control and Fine Motor Skills

The American Journal of Occupational Therapy published research on the relationship between postural control and fine motor skills in infants. The medical records were reviewed of 105 preterm infants. The Alberta Infant Motor Scale was used to assess postural control and the Peabody was used to evaluate fine motor skills. Statistical analysis revealed that the development of postural control is related to the development of fine motor skills particularly in this pre-term group of infants with delayed postural control. The researchers state that this information supports the intervention techniques during occupational therapy of proximal to distal development.

View the full study at AJOT.

Reference: Tien-Ni Wang, Tsu-Hsin Howe, Jim Hinojosa, Sharon L. Weinberg. Relationship Between Postural Control and Fine Motor Skills in Preterm Infants at 6 and 12 Months Adjusted Age. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2011.001503 American Journal of Occupational Therapy November/December 2011 vol. 65 no. 6 695-701

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