Marker Variables for Early Identification of Physically Awkward Children
The Motor Development Clinic at the University of Alberta is in its 8th year of operation. It was designed as a clinical intervention programme for physically awkward children who have difficulty coping in group learning and performance settings in the school and community. The children are referred to the clinic by various professionals including paediatricians, psychologists, social workers, special educators and classroom teachers. A comprehensive assessment and interview process ensues before clinic attendance is recommended. Results of this assessment and interview are recorded in a detailed report which is sent to the parents and the referral agency. The children then take part in a twice weekly after-school programme of free play, fitness activities, individualised instruction and group games. At the conclusion of the programme, the staff meet with the parents and the child to discuss progress made in the clinic and to make recommendations for involvement in suitable community-based programmes. The conclusions drawn from this leisure counselling session are detailed in a second written report to the parents.
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