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Patterns of Reading with eye-tracking at school age children’s with cerebral palsy

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Aim: To identify a visual attention processing and quality of performance in reading words Method: Research question - What is the pattern of visual performance of children’s with cerebral palsy compared with her pairs group in a reading task? Sample: 20 children with Cerebral palsy, with Gross Motor Function mild and moderate level, and 28 typicality developed children, from 7 to 10 years old, were included in the study. We used the eye-tracking technology combined with software gaze viewer and one assessment tool for Portuguese reading (ALEPE). Results: The video analysis from the scanning of visual fixations and spectrogram of oral reading permitted to identify significant differences in the rhythm of fluency, decoding reading with phonological difficulties and a regressions design pattern of visual attention scanning between the children’s with Cerebral Palsy. They had poor performance in reading compared with their pairs. Conclusion: The visual motor and visual attention pattern performance of this population could cause a slowly pattern of reading performance at school age. This kind of visual skills needs to have more attention in early intervention, therapeutic and work before with the help of AAC. The eye-tracking technologies could be a useful tool to access skills in children’s with disabilities and origin a high level of opportunities for self-realization. This technology help us to understand the capture an maintenance of visual attention (as reflected through fixation and time’s patterns) that was essential to reading performance.

Author(s):

Iolanda Gil    
Centro de Reabilitação de Paralisia Cerebral Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon and Universidade Católica Portuguesa – Instituto Ciências da Saúde , Lisbon
Portugal

Maria Nunes    
Universidade Católica Portuguesa - Instituto de Ciências da Saúde
Portugal

 

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