THE STUDY OF VISUAL-MOTOR COORDINATION IN CHILDREN OF VERY-LOW-BIRTH-WEIGHT
 
Noi, M., Ki, H.Y., Haramaki, Y. and Ohno, H., Kyushu University, Japan
 
This study has examined about the visual-motor coordination in children of very-low-birth-weight, at the age between 2 and 4 by comparing to the children born at term. In both groups, the number of the subjects are 50 (25 for lower age group and 25 for higher age group). The visual-motor coordination tasks were classified into 3 groups; (1) visually predominant tasks, (2) motor predominant tasks, and (3) coordination predominant tasks. The results have suggested that the development of visual cognition catch up to the standard, at the early childhood. On the other hand, the development of both motor skills and visual-motor coordination in preterm children do not catch up to the standard even in the late childhood. However because the means of odler age group were significantly higher than the lower age group, the children of very-low-birth-weight, do develop in the way of themselves. Furthermore, from the results of qualitative analyses, the specific and unspecialized characteristics in hand movement were found in children of very-low-birth-weight.