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October 2021

Effectiveness of aides in a perceptual motor training program for children with learning disabilities

Author(s): Foppe, K. B., Gersten, R., Maxwell, S., Mirrett, P., Gipson, M., Houston, H., Grueter, B.

Journal/Book: Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1975; 56: 104-10.

Abstract: A program for children with learning disabilities associated with perceptual deficits was designed that included elements of gross and fine motor coordination, visual and somatosensory perceptual training, dance, art, music and language. The effectiveness of nonprofessional "perceptual-aides," who were trained in this program, was evaluated. Twenty-eight children with learning disabilities associated with perceptual deficits were treated by occupational, physical, recreational and language therapists; and 27 similarly involved children were treated by two aides, under supervision, after training by therapists. Treatment in both groups was for four hours weekly over a four to seven month period. There was significant improvement in motor skills, visual and somatosensory perception, language and educational skills in the two programs. Although there was no significant difference between the two groups, there was a slight advantage to the aide program. The cost of the aide program was 10 percent higher than the therapist program during the first year, but 22 percent lower than the therapist program during the second year.

Keyword(s): Allied Health Personnel. Art Therapy. Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity/rehabilitation. Child. Colorado. Dancing. Evaluation Studies. Female. Human. Learning Disorders/rehabilitation. Male. Motor Skills. Music Therapy. Occupational Therapy. Physical Therapy. Rehabilitation/manpower. Speech Therapy. Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.


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