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Journal of Human Growth and Development

Print version ISSN 0104-1282On-line version ISSN 2175-3598


BIM, Ricardo Henrique  and  VIEIRA, José Luiz Lopes. Developmental coordination disorder in children enrolled in part time and full time Public Schools. J. Hum. Growth Dev. [online]. 2020, vol.30, n.1, pp.104-110. ISSN 0104-1282.

INTRODUCTION: Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) are characterized by low motor proficiency unrelated to neurological disorders or severe intellectual impairment, which results in difficulties to perform tasks of daily livingOBJECTIVE: This study investigated the prevalence of potential DCD in children with a mean age of 8.1 ± 0.35 years in part-time and full-time public schoolsMETHODS: The sample consisted of 159 children, both sexes, being 48.4% of partial time and 51.6% from full time school. Movement Assessment Battery for Children, Second Edition (MABC-2) was used to assess aiming and catching skills, manual dexterity, and static and dynamic balance. Children were classified into: typical motor development, risk for DCD or potential DCD. For data analysis we used the Kolgomorov- Smirnov test. For comparisons of variables, the Mann Whitney U Test and analysis of variance were used to identify which skills evidenced the best levels of motor proficiency among the childrenRESULTS: The results indicated that 2.5% of full-time school children were diagnosed with potential DCD and no occurrence among part-time school children, but with no statistically significant differences comparing skills according to daily school hoursCONCLUSION: The sum of the prevalence of children at risk and potential DCD (18.3%) reports a concern, indicating a need for early motor development assessments to establish interventions to reverse or minimize motor deficit

Keywords : children; motor development; motor difficulty; full-time school.

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