Balance and motor skills among preschool children aged 3 to 4 years old

Devinder Kaur Ajit Singh, Nor Najwatul Akmal Ab. Rahman, Roslee Rajikan, Asfarina Zainudin, Nor Azlin Mohd Nordin, Zainura Abdul Karim, Yeap Hui Yee

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Balance and motor skills are essential prerequisites for physical development of a child. The aims of this study were to measure anthropometrics, postural balance and motor skills; and examine their correlation among healthy preschool children. Forty nine healthy preschool children aged between 3 to 4 years old participated from PERMATA preschool organization. Pediatric Balance Scale and Peabody Development Motor Scale-2nd Edition (PDMS-2) were administered to measure balance skills for both fine and gross motor skills respectively. Mann-Whitney U test demonstrated that there was no significant difference in balance (p=0.72) and motor skill (p=0.33) between boys and girls. Spearman correlation coefficient demonstrated that there was significant correlation between balance skills with height (r=0.45, p=0.001) and body mass index(r=0.47, p=0.001). No significant correlation was found between balance skills and motor skills (r=0.11, p=0.44). The present study suggests that balance skills in healthy preschool children aged 3-4 years old are correlated with their physical growth such as height and weight but not motor skills.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-68
Number of pages6
JournalMalaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences
Volume11
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

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Keywords

  • Balance skills
  • Motor skills
  • Physical development
  • Preschool children

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Balance and motor skills among preschool children aged 3 to 4 years old. / Ajit Singh, Devinder Kaur; Ab. Rahman, Nor Najwatul Akmal; Rajikan, Roslee; Zainudin, Asfarina; Mohd Nordin, Nor Azlin; Karim, Zainura Abdul; Yee, Yeap Hui.

In: Malaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences, Vol. 11, No. 1, 01.01.2015, p. 63-68.

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Ajit Singh, Devinder Kaur ; Ab. Rahman, Nor Najwatul Akmal ; Rajikan, Roslee ; Zainudin, Asfarina ; Mohd Nordin, Nor Azlin ; Karim, Zainura Abdul ; Yee, Yeap Hui. / Balance and motor skills among preschool children aged 3 to 4 years old. In: Malaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences. 2015 ; Vol. 11, No. 1. pp. 63-68.
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