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Executive functioning, motor difficulties and developmental coordination disorder

Leonard, H.C., Bernardi, M., Hill, E.L. and Henry, L. (2015). Executive functioning, motor difficulties and developmental coordination disorder. Developmental Neuropsychology, 40(4), pp. 201-215. doi: 10.1080/87565641.2014.997933

Abstract

The current study assessed a comprehensive range of executive functions (EFs) in children with poor motor skills, comparing profiles of children with a diagnosis of developmental coordination disorder (DCD) and those identified with motor difficulties (MD). Children in both groups performed more poorly than typically-developing controls on nonverbal measures of working memory, inhibition, planning and fluency, but not on tests of switching. The similar patterns of strengths and weaknesses in children with MD and DCD have important implications for parents, teachers and clinicians, as children with MD may struggle with EF tasks even though their motor difficulties are not identified.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Developmental Neuropsychology on 15 Jul 2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/87565641.2014.997933
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Language & Communication Science
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/5124
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