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Research Article  |   August 1986
The Relationship Between Articulation Disorders and Motor Coordination in Children
Author Affiliations
  • Sharon A. Cermak, EdD, OTR, FAOTA, is Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, Boston University, Sargent College, 1 University Road, Boston, Massachusetts 02215. She is also a Faculty Member of Sensory Integration International
  • At the time of this study, Elizabeth A. Ward was an occupational therapy graduate student in a master of science degree program, Boston University, Sargent College
  • Lorraine M. Ward, MA, is a speech-language pathologist, Lexington Public Schools, Lexington, Massachusetts
Article Information
Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Sensory Integration and Processing / Features
Research Article   |   August 1986
The Relationship Between Articulation Disorders and Motor Coordination in Children
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 1986, Vol. 40, 546-550. doi:10.5014/ajot.40.8.546
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 1986, Vol. 40, 546-550. doi:10.5014/ajot.40.8.546
Abstract

This study was designed to examine the relationship between articulation disorders, soft neurological signs, and motor abilities. Fifteen children with articulation problems, as measured by the Templin-Darley Articulation Screening Test and a connected speech sample, were compared with a normal control group (matched for sex and age) on the Quick Neurological Screening Test, the Imitation of Postures test (from the Southern California Sensory Integration Tests), and the 1984 version of the Stott Test of Motor Impairment that has been revised by Henderson. A Significant difference was found between the groups on the Motor Impairment Test and the Quick Neurological Screening Test, supporting the hypothesis that the articulation disorder children would have more motor coordination problems and soft neurological signs than the normal children in the control group. There was no between-group difference on the Imitation of Postures test, suggesting that as a group, children with articulation deficits are not dyspraxic. This study supports other research findings stating a relationship between articulation problems and motor impairment, but it also indicates that this motor impairment is not necessarily dyspraxia.