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Enhancing Eye-Hand Coordination with Therapy Intervention to Improve Visual-Spatial Abilities using ‘The Re-training Approach’ in Children with Down Syndrome: Three Case Studies

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Shruti Nadkarni ,

Al Noor Training Centre For Children With Special Needs, P O Box: 8397, Dubai, AE
About Shruti

Ms. Nadkarni currently works as Co-ordinator, Special Services and Head of Occupational Therapy & Physical Therapy Department at Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs, Dubai, UAE. Previously, she worked as a Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, based in India. She recieved the 'Outstanding Occupational Therapist Award' in Princess Haya Awards in Special Education [PHASE] in 2011.

 

 

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S Sumi,

Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs United Arab Emirates The author is associated with the Al Noor Training Centre as a Speech and Language Therapist in the Department of Communication, Language and Speech., AE
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Speech and Language Therapist

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Deena Ashok

Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs, Dubai, AE
About Deena

The author was earlier associated with Al Noor Training Centre as Co-ordinator Special Services and Head of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Department.

 
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Abstract

Eye-hand coordination and visual-spatial abilities are an integral part of a child’s development, since both skills are necessary for functional independence as well as for academic progress.

Purpose: This study is aimed at understanding the relationship between visual-spatial abilities and eye-hand coordination based on the ‘Re-training Approach’. An underlying assumption of this approach is that skills learned for one task can be generalised to other areas.

Method: Three children with Down syndrome were initially tested for eye-hand coordination, and the tests were repeated periodically throughout the intervention programme which comprised visual-spatial activities.

Results: The authors observed that there was a steady improvement in the eye-hand coordination as well as the visual-spatial abilities of children involved in the intensive therapy programme. This improvement manifested in the reduction of time taken to perform the coordination tests and in the errors made while performing the tests.

How to Cite: Nadkarni, S., Sumi, S. and Ashok, D., 2012. Enhancing Eye-Hand Coordination with Therapy Intervention to Improve Visual-Spatial Abilities using ‘The Re-training Approach’ in Children with Down Syndrome: Three Case Studies. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 23(2), pp.107–120. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5463/dcid.v23i2.87
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Published on 16 Aug 2012.

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