Concomitants of clumsiness in young schoolchildren

Dev Med Child Neurol. 1982 Aug;24(4):448-60. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.1982.tb13649.x.


Teachers in four schools for normal children aged between five and eight years took part in a two-year investigation of developmental clumsiness. After a year's preliminary discussion they identified 20 children from a total of 400 who met the following criteria: (1) had poor motor co-ordination for their age and (b) whose poor motor co-ordination was affecting their schoolwork. The teachers' assessments were compared with those of a paediatric neurologist and a psychologist, and were shown to be very accurate. The group of children identified as 'clumsy' scored significantly poorly in relation to a control group on several measures of motor performance, and had a higher incidence of other educational and social problems. The heterogeneity of the group emphasised the difficulty of identifying a specific syndrome of 'clumsiness' in children.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Achievement
  • Child
  • Child Development
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intelligence
  • Learning Disabilities / diagnosis
  • Learning Disabilities / psychology
  • Male
  • Motor Skills*
  • Psychomotor Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Psychomotor Disorders / psychology
  • Social Adjustment