Working Memory, Fine Motor Skills and Early Numeracy in Cerebral Palsy
Child Neuropsychology published research exploring the relationship between working memory, non-verbal intelligence, linguistic skills, counting, fine motor skills and early numeracy in 56, six year old children with cerebral palsy. Each child was evaluated for early numeracy performance, working memory, non-verbal intelligence, sentence understanding and fine motor skills. In addition, basic counting performance was assessed.
The results indicated the following:
1. working memory and fine motor skills were significantly related to the early numeracy performance of the children.
2. counting was a mediating variable (a variable that explains a relation or provides a causal link between other variables) between working memory and early numeracy
The researchers concluded that working memory for early numeracy performance in children with cerebral palsy is important and warrants further research into intervention programs aimed for working memory training.
Reference: Van Rooijen M, Verhoeven L, Steenbergen B. Working memory and fine motor skills predict early numeracy performance of children with cerebral palsy. Child Neuropsychol. 2015 Jun 12:1-13. [Epub ahead of print]