Date of Award

8-1995

Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

First Advisor

Karen F.J. Baldwin

Abstract

Perceptual motor development is imperative for each child as they grow into adulthood. Perceptual motor skills are required for a child to take in information from the outside world and begin to make generalizations about the "real" world. Through these generalizations, a child is able to make connections with their own bodies and will then be able to influence the world around them. If a child cannot influence the world around them in the means in which they want, they can become angry, despondent, rebellious, unwilling or a multitude of other reactions. Children with poor perceptual motor skills can be labeled as "slow," "retarded," "troublemaker" or can be labeled in any other way in which their negative behavior is expressed. By having children improve their perceptual motor skills, many of these problems can be averted. Included in this thesis is a description of how a child's perceptual motor skills develop, why it is important to develop a child's perceptual motor skills, how to help improve a child's perceptual motor skills, and how this information is relevant to the elementary school classroom.

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