Prediction of fine motor skills of children having language and speech disorders

Percept Mot Skills. 1988 Aug;67(1):63-72. doi: 10.2466/pms.1988.67.1.63.


Relationships between the fine motor skills and linguistic abilities of 37 developmentally delayed children, ages 5 to 9 yr., were studied using a battery of expressive and receptive language tests, a measure of fine motor performance, a dichotic listening test, and individual intelligence tests. While IQs and MAs were not related to fine motor skills, both expressive and receptive language test scores showed moderate to moderately high correlations, the highest single relationship being the Test for the Auditory Comprehension of Language. In concert with CAs, a dichotic right-ear test score, the Auditory Comprehension Test, predicted fine motor-skill indices substantially; R = .80. Strong relationships appear between linguistic and fine motor skills in an age group not previously investigated and at higher levels than reported in studies of infants and very young children. Dichotic results were abnormal in a majority of the children.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Dichotic Listening Tests
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intelligence Tests
  • Language Disorders / psychology*
  • Language Tests
  • Male
  • Motor Skills*
  • Probability
  • Speech Disorders / psychology*