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Research Article  |   May 1990
Integrating Motor Control and Motor Learning Concepts With Neuropsychological Perspectives on Apraxia and Developmental Dyspraxia
Author Affiliations
  • Shelley A. Goodgold-Edwards, ScD, PT, is Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Simmons College, 300 The Fenway, Boston, Massachusetts 02115. At the time of this study, she was a doctoral student at the Sargent College of Allied Health Professions, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sharon A. Cermak, EdD, OTR, FAOTA, is Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, Sargent College of Allied Health Professions, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
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Research Article   |   May 1990
Integrating Motor Control and Motor Learning Concepts With Neuropsychological Perspectives on Apraxia and Developmental Dyspraxia
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May 1990, Vol. 44, 431-439. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.5.431
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May 1990, Vol. 44, 431-439. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.5.431
Abstract

This paper reviews selected pertinent literature on the learning and performance of skilled motor acts. Information on normal motor performance is integrated with that on adult apraxia and related to common problems observed in children with developmental dyspraxia. The process of motor skill acquisition is outlined, and aspects of styles of motor organization, modes of control, premovement organization, sensory organization, and analysis of the types of errors are presented. Recommendations for clinicians working with children with developmental dyspraxia are offered.