A comparison of motor imagery performance in children with spastic hemiplegia and developmental coordination disorder

Jacqueline Williams, Vicki Anderson, Dinah S. Reddihough, Susan M Reid, Nandita Vijayakumar, Peter H. Wilson

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Individuals with hemiplegia have difficulty planning movements, which may stem from deficits in motor imagery ability. We explored motor imagery ability in three groups of 21 children, aged 8-12 years: children with hemiplegia; children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD); and a comparison group. They completed two tasks requiring laterality judgments of body partshand and whole-body rotation. Accuracy in both was reduced for the motor-impaired groups, and response time was atypical for the whole-body task. This suggests that motor imagery deficits exist in children with hemiplegia and DCD, supporting previous findings that planning deficits in hemiplegia may result from deficits in motor imagery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-282
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Developmental coordination disorder
  • Motor control
  • Motor imagery
  • Motor impairment
  • Spastic hemiplegia

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