TitleThe effect of auditory pacing on period stability and temporal consistency in children with and without dyslexia co-existing motor dysfunction.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsGetchell, N, Liang, L-Y, Golden, D, Logan, SW
JournalAdapt Phys Activ Q
Date Published01/2014
KeywordsAcoustic Stimulation, Child, Dyslexia, Female, Gait, Humans, Male, Motor Skills, Motor Skills Disorders, Task Performance and Analysis, Time Factors, Walking

The primary purpose of this study was to examine the effect of auditory pacing on period stability and temporal consistency of a dual motor task in children with and without dyslexia and with varying amounts of motor deficiency. Fifty-four children were divided into groups based on dyslexia diagnosis and score on the Movement Assessment Battery for Children-Second Edition (Movement ABC-2). Participants performed a dual motor task (clapping while walking) at a self-determined pace in a pretest block, practiced 4 blocks of 4 trials with a metronome pacing signal, and finished with a posttest block without auditory pacing. Measures of period stability (interclap/interheel strike intervals across trial blocks) and temporal consistency (coefficient of variation of period with trials) were taken. The results suggest that auditory pacing may improve period stability across groups, but does not appear to impact temporal consistency. Weak support existed for a general impairment of motor function in children diagnosed with dyslexia.

Alternate JournalAdapt Phys Activ Q
PubMed ID24385439