Differences between preschool children using tablets and non-tablets in visual perception and fine motor skills

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Abstract

Background: Numerous touch-screen applications designed to support visual perceptual skills and fine motor development for young children are available. Objectives: This study aimed to investigate whether or not there were differences between children using tablets and non-tablets in visual perception and fine motor skills and to examine the association between visual perception and fine motor skills in two groups. Methods: This study had tablet and non-tablet groups, each with 36 typically developing preschool children. Results: Children in the non-tablet group yielded significantly higher scores in the subtests of visual discrimination, visual memory, spatial relationships, form constancy, visual figure ground, fine motor precision, fine motor integration, and manual dexterity than those in the tablet group. The association between visual perception and fine motor skills demonstrated different patterns in the two groups. Conclusion: There are differences in visual perception and fine motor skills between children using tablets and non-using tablets. Different patterns of association relationship support the need for occupational therapists to consider the underlying mechanism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-126
Number of pages9
JournalHong Kong Journal of Occupational Therapy
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Occupational Therapy

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