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Title: Planning of actions in children with and without developmental coordination disorder
Author: Sinani, Charikleia
ISNI:       0000 0001 3414 0210
Awarding Body: The University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2007
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The overall goal of this study was to explore the nature of planning in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DeD) using non-Representational and Representational gestures and praxis imagery. This goal was addressed three core aims which were: i) to compare the nature of praxic performance between two groups of children with OeD; one selected from schools (sDCD) and another from clinics (cOCO) with typically developing age-matched children (AMC); ii) to allow a direct comparison of praxic performance between sDCD and cOCO groups and iii) to compare the nature of praxic performance between the two DCD groups with two younger typically developing groups. A number of specific objectives examined the variables that affected the outcomes. These variables were related to: i) task difficulty and scoring systems ii) the description of the categories and single errors produced in representational gestures and iii) additional factors distinguished sOCD and cDeD groups on motor and educational profile, emotional and social behaviour. Overall the assessments indicated that oeD children have a deficiency in planning, with evidence of problems in execution. Poor organization of their body in time and space predominantly characterize their problems with strong signs of spatial disorganization suggestive of mental representation and visuoperceptual problems, and perhaps memory problems. The cOCO group showed a more severe profile across measurements cqmpared to the sOCD group and comparisons with younger groups indicated developmental delay without excluding pathology that was more likely to be the case for the cOeD group.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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