Document Type : Research Paper
PhD Student in Motor Learning, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Razi University, Kermanshah, Iran
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Razi University, Kermanshah, Iran
PhD in Movement Growth and Development and Learning, Alborz Campus, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran
M.Sc. in Motor Behavior, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Razi University, Kermanshah, Iran
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of perceptual-motor training on working memory in children with hearing disorders. For this purpose, 24 student with hearing loss (9-12 years old) in Kermanshah were selected and randomly divided to experimental and control groups. A working memory test by Wechsler memory software was used in this study. The experimental group performed a perceptual-motor training program (static and dynamic balance exercises, throw and receive the ball …) for 8 weeks, 3 sessions per week, 60 minutes each session. Finally, both groups conducted the posttest. Based on α=0.01 and normal distribution of data, mixed ANOVA test was used. The results showed that working memory was influenced by perceptual-motor training (P<0.05). Children in the experimental group showed a better significant performance in terms of counting on forward and visual memory span than control group (P<0.05), but there was no significant difference in the countdown between the two groups (P˃0.05). The present findings suggest that perceptual-motor training can improve working memory in children with hearing loss.
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