London : If your child has better eye-to-hand co-ordination then he or she is more likely to achieve higher scores in reading, writing and maths, a new study has found. The findings, published in the journal Psychological Science, raises the possibility that schools could provide extra support to children who are clumsy.
Better co-ordination may boost child’s academic performance
"The study identifies the important relationship between a child's ability to physically interact with their environment and their cognitive development, those skills needed by the child to think about and understand the world around them," said co-author Mark Mon-Williams, Professor at the University of Leeds in Britain. For the study, the researchers examined over 300 children aged 4-11, who took part in computer tasks to measure their co-ordination and interceptive timing -- their ability to interact with a moving object. The tasks designed to measure eye-to-hand coordination involved steering, taking aim and tracking objects on a computer screen.
Those with the best performance at the 'steering task' in particular were on average nine months ahead of classmates who struggled. "The results show that eye-to-hand co-ordination and interceptive timing are robust predictors of how well young children will perform at school," Mon-Williams noted.