COMPARISON OF BALANCE AND GAIT IN VISUALLY OR HEARING IMPAIRED CHILDREN


Uysal S. , ERDEN Z. , AKBAYRAK T. , Demirturk F.

PERCEPTUAL AND MOTOR SKILLS, cilt.111, ss.71-80, 2010 (SSCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

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The study was planned to evaluate the effect of loss of hearing and vision on balance and gait in 60 children, 20 of whom had hearing loss (M age = 9.3 yr., SD = 0.9), 20 who were visually impaired (M age = 12.2 yr., SD=2.5), and 20 controls with no disability (M age = 9.4 yr., SD = 0.6). Standing Balance subtests of the Southern California Sensory Integration Tests were used. Gait analysis was conducted on a powdered surface. When the gait analysis results of the three groups of children were compared, statistically significant differences were noted. Scores for the hearing impaired group were more like those of the control group than those of the visually impaired group. Results show that children with visual impairment had more problems with balance and gait than controls.