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‘Leaving No Child Behind’: Investigation on Gross Motor Skill Among Autistic Children

Man, Norkamariah and Ragbir Singh, Tarveen Kaur and Zainuddin, Zainal Abidin and Mohd Hashim, Asha Hasnimy and Ibrahim, Halijah (2006) ‘Leaving No Child Behind’: Investigation on Gross Motor Skill Among Autistic Children. In: International Sport Science Conference 2006, 19-20 Disember 2006, Hotel Marriot, Putrajaya. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Autism is defined as a developmental disability that affects the ability of a person to communicate, understand language, play, and interact with others (Dunlap & Bunton-Pierce, 1999). Children who suffer from autism usually show uneven gross and fine motor skills and lack of cooperativeness in group play. Opportunities should be given among autistic children to interact successfully with peers. An investigation was conducted to investigate the performance of gross motor skill among autistic children. Seven autistic children performed 20 items of Texas Revision of Fait’s Basic Motor Skills: Basic Movement Performance Profile (Faith, 1978). Results indicated that the autistic children scored lower than their normal peers. The mean score of gross motor activities indicated that autistic boys perform better than autistic girls. The autistic children showed difficulties in performing non-locomotors movements as compared to locomotors movements. Suitable physical activity program should be developed to widen the opportunity and increase physical ability of autistic children to interact and play with their peers.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions:Education
ID Code:2590
Deposited By: Pn. Halijah Ibrahim
Deposited On:03 May 2007 02:21
Last Modified:01 Jun 2010 03:03

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