Motor and coordination difficulties in children with emotional and behavioural difficulties

Hill, Elisabeth L.; Pratt, Michelle L.; Kanji, Zara and Jones Bartoli, Alice. 2017. Motor and coordination difficulties in children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 22(4), pp. 293-302. ISSN 1363-2752 [Article]

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To date, very few studies have explored the incidence of motor impair- ment amongst children with social, emotional and behavioural difficul- ties (social, emotional and mental health (SEMH); formerly SEBD in England). Following research that suggests an increase in motor difficul- ties in young children and adolescents with SEMH difficulties, this study compares profiles of motor ability using the Movement ABC-2 assess- ment in children attending a specialist SEMH primary school with a typically developing comparison group and children with a diagnosis of developmental coordination disorder. We report an increased preva- lence of borderline or clinically significant motor impairment amongst children with SEMH difficulties compared to the comparison group, with 44% of the SEMH special school sample falling within these ranges. We suggest that bearing in mind the increased likelihood for motor impair- ment is important in SEMH education, as it has likely impact on class- room functioning and ability and motivation to take part in socially and academically relevant activities.

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Psychology > Unit for School and Family Studies


14 January 2017Accepted
20 February 2017Published

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21 Feb 2017 17:42

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29 Apr 2020 16:24

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