The Istituto Comprensivo San Valentino Torio, in the province of Salerno, started a project called «RW Observatory – Tools for the identification, educational treatment and monitoring of difficulties in reading and writing» in the 2014/2015 school year. This paper describes the pilot study carried out by the project team to experimentally determine the effectiveness of the Beery-Buktenica Developmental Test of Visual-Motor Integration (VMI) as a tool for identification of difficulties in reading and writing related to the visuospatial aspect. The study was conducted on a first class of 24 secondary school students (12 males and 12 females, aged between 10-12 years). Pupils were administered the VMI and the Prove di lettura MT-2, the most popular instrument for evaluating reading competence in Italian. Analysis shows that, in relation to the sample, there is a strong relationship between the two parameters that determine the degree for the development of reading skills (speed and accuracy) and visual-motor integration ability measured by the VMI test. The results, given the small sample size, are certainly not to be generalised, however, within the aim of the pilot study, they were considered encouraging by the project team, who decided to extend the screening to the entire student population of the institute.

Il Developmental Test of Visual-Motor Integration (VMI) come strumento di identificazione delle difficoltà nella letto-scrittura legate all’aspetto visuo-spaziale: uno studio pilota

GOMEZ PALOMA, FILIPPO;
2015

Abstract

The Istituto Comprensivo San Valentino Torio, in the province of Salerno, started a project called «RW Observatory – Tools for the identification, educational treatment and monitoring of difficulties in reading and writing» in the 2014/2015 school year. This paper describes the pilot study carried out by the project team to experimentally determine the effectiveness of the Beery-Buktenica Developmental Test of Visual-Motor Integration (VMI) as a tool for identification of difficulties in reading and writing related to the visuospatial aspect. The study was conducted on a first class of 24 secondary school students (12 males and 12 females, aged between 10-12 years). Pupils were administered the VMI and the Prove di lettura MT-2, the most popular instrument for evaluating reading competence in Italian. Analysis shows that, in relation to the sample, there is a strong relationship between the two parameters that determine the degree for the development of reading skills (speed and accuracy) and visual-motor integration ability measured by the VMI test. The results, given the small sample size, are certainly not to be generalised, however, within the aim of the pilot study, they were considered encouraging by the project team, who decided to extend the screening to the entire student population of the institute.
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