The Effects Down syndrome has on Motor Skills

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The aim of this study is to show that younger children with Down syndrome can improve motor skill functions using the " C.L.I.M.E." program. Eighty children with Down syndrome (40 male and 40 female) age 4 to 18 years will be assessed on a standardized test, referred to as the "The Quick Neurological Screening Test - II" (QNST-II, 1998). "The QNST-II" assesses areas of neurological integration as they relate to learning. The data collected will be placed into a computer and a between groups analysis of variance will be run with age and treatment as the independent variables and motor skill function as the dependent variable. The study will show that younger children with Down syndrome will improve motor skill functions using the "C.L.I.M.E." significantly faster in comparison to older children with Down syndrome.

The Effect of Down syndrome on Motor Skills

Did you know that Down syndrome children tend to have a very unique layout in their motor development? Down syndrome children are unique in that they pass through the exact same motor development stages as non-disabled children, just at a slower pace.

Motor development plays an integral role in the development of children. Researchers have found that effective, efficient movement enhances confidence and has been shown to contribute to a person's self-concept or self worth. (Spano et al., 1999).

The current study will examine the level of Down syndrome children and their motor skills in adolescence and teenage years. The basis for the study is to make a clear determination as to what age a child with Down syndrome will be most affected by the "C.L.I.M.E." Down syndrome children have been tested on their motor skills. Costa, Walsh, and Davisson (1999) studied Ts65Dn mice, which are genetic matches to humans with Down syndrome. The experiment studied the...