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Revista Psicopedagogia

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OLIVEIRA, Cristina Camargo de  and  CAPELLINI, Simone Aparecida. Motor performance of students with dyslexia, learning disabilities and learning difficulties. Rev. psicopedag. [online]. 2013, vol.30, n.92, pp. 105-112. ISSN 0103-8486.

OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to characterize and compare the motor performance of children with developmental dyslexia, learning disabilities and learning difficulties. METHODS: A total of 40 students from 2nd to 4th grade of primary school, aged 7-11 years old, both genders, divided into four groups participated in this study: GI: composed by 10 students with developmental dyslexia, GII: composed by 10 students with learning disabilities, GIII: composed by 10 students with learning difficulties and GIV: composed by 10 students with good academic performance paired according to age and grade with GI, GII and GIII. After signing the informed consent by the parent or guardian, the students were submitted to a Motor Assessment Scale. RESULTS: The results were analyzed by means of statistical analysis using the following tests: Kruskal-Wallis, Mann-Whitney, Friedman, Wilcoxon Signed Posts and Spearman correlation, indicating that the groups I and II showed lower performance for the tests of balance and spatial organization and these groups differed from each other on the gross motor function test, in which GI was lower than all other groups and GII was inferior than all other groups in the test of Temporal Organization, while scholars who belong to GIII and GIV present similar motor profile.

Keywords : Motor skills; Dyslexia; Learning disorders; Evaluation.

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