Research in Developmental Disabilities published research comparing kinesthetic sensitivity in 30 children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) and 30 typically developing (TD) children all between 6 and 11 years old. Each child put their forearms on a passive motion apparatus which extended the elbow joint at constant velocities. The children had to focus on detecting passive arm motion and press a trigger held in their left hand once they sensed it. The detection time was measured each time.
The results indicated the following:
1. DCD group was significantly slower detecting passive motion than TD children.
2. kinesthetic sensitivity was worse in DCD than TD children for age groups beyond six years of age suggesting that individuals with DCD lag behind their TD counterparts in kinesthetic sensitivity.
3. between the ages of 7 and 11 years the difference between groups is quantifiable and significant.
4. 11 year old children with DCD performed similar to 7 year old TD children.
Reference: Kuan-yi Li et al. Kinesthetic deficit in children with developmental coordination disorder. Research in Developmental Disabilities. Volume 38, March 2015, Pages 125–133
Now You See It, Now You Don't includes 20 worksheets to practice kinesthetic skills without visual input. Some children rely too much on the visual system when completing visual motor activities. These worksheets encourage a child to use his/her kinesthetic sense (where the body is in space) to complete a visual motor task rather than relying on the visual system. The ebook includes 10 easier worksheets and 10 harder worksheets. The theme is animals and sports.
Now You See It, Now You Don't encourages: kinesthetic memory, kinesthetic feedback and visual motor skills.
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