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This Explains Everything!

Kids who struggle to learn motor skills like biking, skating or tying shoes, may be offering an early clue that they will stumble when doing mathematics as well.

A four-year study of 67 children suggested that motor coordination and math achievement "do tend to go together," according to Diane Parham, UCLA researcher (now at USC). Two of her specific findings:

  • Strong correlation between poor motor skills and problems doing math. "The worse the coordination, the worse their math ability," Parham claims.
  • The clumsy kids did not get much smoother over the four years; poor coordination scores continued to correlate with lagging math performance.
I love odd-ball research like this!

Source: Garnett News Service, December 1990