Australian Team of Researchers to Study the Development of Proprioception
[Source: Australian National University]
Being bumbling and butterfingered is often accepted as a normal part of growing up but one researcher from The Australian National University is questioning whether the development of certain senses can play a role in clumsiness.
Lisa McLeod from the Department of Psychology at ANU is undertaking a study that, for the first time, will look at how certain senses develop in young children and whether this makes kids especially clumsy. This is an area that has been researched in adults but not in young children.
Ms McLeod is calling for around 50 young participants to take part in the study.
“In the first part of the study we will be looking at normally developing right-handed children aged from three to 12 years,” Ms McLeod said. “Children will be asked to play a computer game and take part in other motor activities that will test both fine and gross motor skills such as throwing a ball and threading a needle.”
The research will use the Movement Assessment Battery for Children, a program that is internationally recognised as the official test of a child’s motor ability.
Ms McLeod will look at how proprioception, or the sense of knowing where one’s limbs are in space, develops in children and whether this plays a role in being clumsy – a condition known as developmental coordination disorder.
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