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Nicole Baumann

 Nicole Baumann

 

Outline of work:

Motor control and motor coordination are fundamental in children’s development and learning. One of the main precursors of motor impairment is prematurity. Medical advances in obstetric and neonatal care have improved the survival rate of children born preterm (< 37 weeks gestation) markedly. However, due to complications of preterm birth many of those infants remain with long-term neurological and health problems, and are at risk of poor developmental outcomes, including motor impairments.

Motor abilities are important to participate in daily and leisure activities, such as sports, physical play, dancing or hobbies that require fine motor skills. Motor impairment and even mild forms of motor dysfunction (i.e., developmental coordination disorder or clumsiness), may lead to short, medium and long-term consequences, such as social exclusion, and psychological and social functioning problems, obesity, and even special educational needs.

The aim of my PhD work is to evaluate childhood motor coordination problems, persistence and predictors of motor problems and the long-lasting effects of these problems on other psychological and social functioning outcomes in adolescence and adulthood. For this secondary data analysis I will utilise data from the Bavarian Longitudinal Study, a 26 year follow-up study of preterm and term born children.

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Supervisor:

Professor James Tresilian
Professor Dieter Wolke