Student Research Committee, Department of Midwifery and Reproductive Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery,Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
Midwifery and Reproductive Health Research Center, Department of Midwifery and Reproductive Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences,Tehran,Iran.
Professor of Pediatrics , Pediatric Neurorehabilitation Research Center, University of Social Welfare & Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
Assistant professor of biostatistics Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
Background: The initial years of life particularly the first two years are regarded as the most important brain development period. The development of children is an important determinant of health throughout the whole of life.
Objective: The objective is to evaluate an educational program to improve the Fine Motor Skill of 18-Month-Old in saqqez.
Material & Method: This randomized clinical trial was conducted in the city of Saqqez – Iran in 2015-2016. Seventy 18-month-old infants were randomly assigned to control and intervention groups. The training of fine motor skills was given to the mothers of the children of intervention group, including: painting, building a tower , stringing ,tearing and crush the paper, targeting and dropping. The fine motor skill was measured before intervention and 4 and 8 weeks after the intervention using screening tool of ASQ-2(Age and Stage Questionnaire ).Data were analyzed using SPSS software version 20 and independent t-tests, chi-squared test and repeated measurement test.
Results: In the intervention and control group, 51.5% were male and 48.5% were female. Statistical test of chi-square showed that there was no statistically significant difference in terms of gender (p=0.59). According to independent t-test, there was no significant difference in the mean of fine motor score before intervention in the two groups with (p = 0.13). The repeated measurement test showed that 4 and 8 weeks after training, the scores of fine movements with (p = 0.04) became significant.
Conclusion: developmental skills training compared with control group improved the fine motor skills of 18-month-old children in this study