Original Articles

Visual-motor integration functioning in a South African middle childhood sample

Published in: Journal of Child & Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 17, issue 2, 2005 , pages: 63–67
DOI: 10.2989/17280580509486602

Abstract

Visual-motor integration functioning has been identified as playing an integral role in different aspects of a child's development. Sensory-motor development is not only foundational to the physical maturation process, but is also imperative for progress with formal learning activities. Deficits in visual-motor integration have been identified as precursors of later learning disabilities and other neurological conditions. The primary aim of this study was to determine the status of visual-motor integration functioning of a group of learners from a disadvantaged peri-urban South African community. Visual-motor integration functioning was assessed using the Developmental Test of Visual-Motor Integration (VMI) and the Goodenough-Harris Drawing Test (GHD). Three hundred and thirty-nine learners in grades 1–4 were assessed and results for the group relative to gender, chronological age and socioeconomic status are reported.

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