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Research Article  |   January 1984
Crossing the Body Midline in Learning-Disabled and Normal Children
Author Affiliations
  • Sharon A. Cermak, Ed.D., OTR, FAOTA, is Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, Sargent College, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts 02215, and is a faculty member, Center for the Study of Sensory Integrative Dysfunction, Pasadena, California 91102-1065
  • A. Jean Ayres, Ph.D., OTR, FAOTA, is Adjunct Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, University of Southern California, Downey, California; a board member, Center for the study of Sensory Integrative Dysfunction, Pasadena, California 91102-1065; and in private practice, Torrance, California
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Research Article   |   January 1984
Crossing the Body Midline in Learning-Disabled and Normal Children
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1984, Vol. 38, 35-39. doi:10.5014/ajot.38.1.35
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1984, Vol. 38, 35-39. doi:10.5014/ajot.38.1.35
Abstract

The SVCU scores of 179 learning-disabled children, ages 5 to 8, were compared with the scores of 120 normal children, using both the actual Space Visualization Contralateral Use (SVCU) score, and the SVCU category of “normal, suspect, or possible deficit,” in order to evaluate whether using guidelines to interpret the SVCU as a function of age enabled differentiation between normal children and children with learning disabilities. The SVCU measure clearly differentiated between groups at the younger ages, although the difference was not as clear for the older age groups. It was suggested that the SVCU score be used in conjunction with other observations of midline crossing. Alternative interpretations of the SVCU score are discussed.