Effectiveness of an Eight-Week Fundamental Skills Intervention Programme on the Motor Skills of Children with Visual Impairment, Nairobi City County, Kenya

Authors

  • Judy Githinji Kenyatta University, Kenya
  • Jane Mwangi Kenyatta University, Kenya
  • Yasmin Goodwin Kenyatta University, Kenya

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.62049/jkncu.v4i1.50

Keywords:

Visual Impairment, Motor Skills, Intervention Programme, Fundamental Motor Skills

Abstract

Physical activity has been included in early intervention programmes involving fundamental motor skills among children with differing disabilities. Though research has documented improved motor skills performance generally, few have focused on intervention programmes as a means towards improving motor skill performance in children with visual impairment (VI). This study aimed to determine the effectiveness of an eight-week fundamental motor skills intervention programme on motor skills of children with visual impairment in Nairobi City County, Kenya. The study targeted children with VI aged between six to eleven years. Out of the two public integrated primary school with special unit for VI, the school with the highest number of children with VI was purposively selected. Twelve out of the 20 targeted children with VI in grade one and two met the inclusion criteria. Ethical clearance and consent were acquired before the study. One group pre and post-test quasi experimental design was used. The study utilised Test of Gross Motor development which include two subsets: locomotor and object manipulation skills. The motor skills were assessed before and after the intervention programme. The results showed significant improvement of both the locomotor and object control skills. The study therefore recommends implementation of motor skill intervention programmes for children with VI at an early age

Author Biographies

Judy Githinji, Kenyatta University, Kenya

Department of Physical Education, Exercise and Sports Science

Jane Mwangi, Kenyatta University, Kenya

Department of Physical Education, Exercise and Sports Science

Yasmin Goodwin, Kenyatta University, Kenya

Department of Physical Education, Exercise and Sports Science

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Published

2024-01-15

How to Cite

Githinji, J., Mwangi, J., & Goodwin, Y. (2024). Effectiveness of an Eight-Week Fundamental Skills Intervention Programme on the Motor Skills of Children with Visual Impairment, Nairobi City County, Kenya. Journal of the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO, 4(1). https://doi.org/10.62049/jkncu.v4i1.50