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Master of Arts (MA)




This study was constructed to determine the validity of the Special Olympics Developmental Sports Skill Program for the severely and profoundly disabled, as compared to a general motor training program, and a nonintervention approach. Twelve severely and profoundly disabled students were randomly assigned to one of two groups. The first group was given specific locomotor training as outlined in the Speical Olympics Developmental Sports Skills Program Level III, Locomotor. The second group received no intervention. Following the posttest, the second group who had received no intervention, received general motor training for three weeks. At the end of this time, they were posttested using the Special Olympics Developmental Sports Skill Assessment. Using the Chi-square test of homogeneity there were no significant differences in the pre and post motor skills performance of the severely and profoundly disabled students who received no training (p=1.00), general training (p=9999), and specific training (p=.9998).


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Counseling and Special Education and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1988, Tami L. Brundige