A three-year project financed by the Finland’s Slot Machine Association (RAY) has started in the Finnish Cerebral Palsy association in January 2012. The project is executed in cooperation with Niilo Mäki Institute. The background of our themes is embedded in our finished project ”Liiku, opi, osallistu”. There, we were interested in relations between motor execution and cognition. Various methods were employed to assess how motor performance and cognitive processes are related.
We have two main topics in our project. First, we are developing computerized assessment tools for children who have limited motor and/ or verbal communication skills. Traditional assessing methods typically require motor or verbal performance from children: handling pen or other objects or expressing the response verbally. Here, accessibility of the tasks will be increased by enabling personalized manners for task presentation and response
Second, we develop screening tools for motor learning difficulties. The screening tool will be aimed for teachers to recognise those children having developmental coordination disorder (DCD) in their class rooms. A prevalence of the disorder is approximately 5 to 6 percent, but the conspicuousness of the disorder is is still low in Finland. In our previous project, a motor observation tool for preschool and primary education teachers was developed. In addition, a framework for a motor club for those children needing extra support in their motor skills was designed. In our current project, an observation tool for teachers of older children will be offered. A Dutch screening tool ”Motor Observation Queastionnaire for Teachers (MOQ-T) will be translated and culturally adapted to Finnish language. With MOQ-T, motor skills of children aged 6 to 12 can be screened.