Therese Von, Jean C. Deitz, John McLaughlin, Suzette DeButts, Mark Richardson; The Effects of Chronic Otitis Media on Motor Performance in 5- and 6-Year-Old Children. Am J Occup Ther 1988;42(7):421–426. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.42.7.421
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Two 16-member groups of 5- and 6-year-old children, one group with a history of chronic otitis media and one without such a history, were tested on three measures of motor performance. These were the Motor Accuracy Test–Revised, the Stott Test of Motor Impairment, and measures of duration of standing balance. These instruments assess, respectively, fine motor coordination, overall motor skills, and balance. On each of these measures, children with a history of chronic otitis media scored lower than children without such a history. However, when these scores were compared statistically, no significant differences were found between the two groups. Because the results of this study were inconclusive, routine motor performance evaluation of children with a history of chronic otitis media is not advocated at this time.
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