Portland State University. Department of Special Education
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Special Education
1 online resource (85 p.)
Perceptual-motor learning, Mentally ill children.
A study was conducted to determine if the program of perceptual-motor training outlined by D.H. Radler and Newell C. Kephart in their book, Success Through Play, would increase the perceptual-motor skills of emotionally disturbed children as measured by the Purdue Perceptual Motor Survey. Twenty children from the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area whose ages ranged from six to twelve years were included in the program. These children were grouped according to their diagnosis of withdrawn or acting-out which was received by the agency upon their referral. Three agencies participated in the study.
Each child was administered the Purdue Perceptual Motor Survey before any treatment was begun and their scores were recorded on a summary sheet for comparison with the scores which they would obtain when they were retested after the experiment was completed. Then for the next nine weeks, three days a week and one half hour a day, the subjects in the experimental group received the training outlined in Success Through Play and the subjects in the control group received quiet or physical activity for an equal amount of time. At the end of nine weeks, each child was again administered the Purdue Perceptual Motor Survey and the score was recorded.
The correlation of these pre- and post-test scores showed that the subjects in the experimental acting-out group improved their perceptual-motor skills significantly more than the control acting-out group; and the experimental withdrawn group improved their perceptual-motor skills significantly more than the control withdrawn group.
Brown, Karen R., "The effect of perceptual-motor training on the perceptual-motor skills of emotionally disturbed children." (1972). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 1600.