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Disabil Rehabil. 2007 Jan 15;29(1):47-55.

Attention disengagement in children with developmental coordination disorder.

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School of Psychology, University of Reading, Berkshire, UK. k.wilmut@rdg.ac.uk

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Previous research has shown that children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) have poorly developed strategies for allocating attention. This study examines the allocation of attention and integration of visuo-spatial and motor systems in children with DCD in a motor (look+hit condition) and a motor-free (look condition) task.

METHOD:

Three groups of control children were used to compare the performance of a group of children with DCD. Children were seated in front of a central fixation point and six peripheral targets, and were asked to look at or hit targets when illuminated. Saccade/hand movement latencies were measured on gap trials (gap between fixation offset and target onset) and overlap trials (fixation offset and target onset overlapped).

RESULTS:

DCD children were not slower than controls to disengage attention during the look condition. However, during the look+hit condition the DCD children showed a prolonged disengagement period, which was also seen in younger control children.

CONCLUSIONS:

The results suggest that DCD children may have deficits in the allocation of attention for action, in both the speed of onset of a movement and the accuracy of the movement. It is concluded that attention disengagement may contribute to problems of visuo-motor integration in DCD.

PMID:
17364756
DOI:
10.1080/09638280600947765
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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