ERIC Number: ED077155
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
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Training of Perceptual Motor Skills in Minimally Brain Damaged Children.
Glazer, Hilda Ruth; Cox, David L.
Twenty-five male (aged 7 years, 6 months to 10 years, 7 months) and five female (aged 9 years, 3 months to 10 years, 2 months) minimally brain damaged children were examined to determine feasibility of perceptual motor training on the pursuit rotor (which requires Ss to track a light as it revolves under a pattern on a turntable). Experimental Ss matched on performance IQ, hand dominance, sex, and chronological age with control Ss were randomly assigned to one of three training groups in which, after two trial runs with the nonpreferred hand to establish baseline, they traced angular, circular, or both angular and circular patterns respectively on the pursuit rotor in eight training sessions. Reinforcement was given in sessions two through eight. Data from such tests as the Bender Visual Motor Gestalt Test and the Koppitz Developmental Scoring System revealed that there were no significant differences between Ss on pretests, that training on the pursuit rotor has specific transfer to figure copying tasks in general, and that the act of training perceptual motor skills is the important variable rather than the specific pattern on which the training is given. (MC)
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Note: Reprint of Conference Paper, of American Educational Research Association Meeting New Orleans, Louisiana, February 25-March 1, 1973)