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Walking onset: a poor predictor for motor and cognitive skills in healthy preschool children

Messerli-Bürgy, Nadine and Kakebeeke, Tanja H. and Meyer, Andrea H. and Arhab, Amar and Zysset, Annina E. and Stülb, Kerstin and Leeger-Aschmann, Claudia S. and Schmutz, Einat A. and Kriemler, Susi and Puder, Jardena J. and Munsch, Simone and Jenni, Oskar G.. (2021) Walking onset: a poor predictor for motor and cognitive skills in healthy preschool children. BMC Pediatrics, 21 (1). p. 367.

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Abstract

The onset of walking is thought to be an indicator of early development. However, evidence is mixed and clear data on this relationship at preschool age is missing. The study aimed at investigating if walking onset and motor and cognitive development in preschool children are related.; A total of 555 children (mean age 3.86 years) of the Swiss Preschoolers' Health Study SPLASHY were tested twice at their childcare center (at baseline and one year later). Motor skills and cognitive skills were assessed by standardized testing procedures and parents were asked to provide information on walking onset of their child.; Late onset of walking was related to poorer motor skills (fine motor skills, static and dynamic balance (all p < 0.003)) and poorer cognitive skills (selective attention and visual perception (p = 0.02; p = 0.001) in late preschool age.; For children with late walking onset a close monitoring of their development in the regular pediatric child health visits may be reasonable.; ISRCTN41045021 .
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology
07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Klinische Psychologie und Neurowissenschaften > Klinische Psychologie und Epidemiologie (Lieb)
UniBasel Contributors:Meyer, Andrea Hans
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:BioMed Central
e-ISSN:1471-2431
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:06 Sep 2021 08:29
Deposited On:06 Sep 2021 08:29

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