Which pre-school children benefits most from the structured treatment of motor skills?

Pre-school age is a crucial period for children's development of motor skills and therefore a good time to improve these skills.

The study examined the effect of an intensive, structured treatment to improve the motor skills of pre-school children aged 3-6 years. The intervention included stimulation of all motor skills, daily activities that increase the heart rate, and mindfulness.

The children were divided into an intervention group and a control group with approximately 200 children in each group, and their motor skills were measured at the start of the intervention and after 6, 18 and 30 months.

Overall, the study showed no effect of the intervention on the children's motor skills. There was a small effect after six months on fine motor skills only, which disappeared at later follow-ups. There was a tendency for improvement in the pre-schools with the worst average skills at baseline, so future courses should focus on those preschools where the children’s motor skills are below average.

It is still too early to say anything about a possible influence on well-being, physical activity, overweight, etc.

Lise Hestbæk et al. The Effect of a Structured Intervention to Improve Motor Skills in Preschool Children: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial Nested in a Cohort Study of Danish Preschool Children, the MiPS Study. https://bit.ly/3Hn62nS

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