Research Reports: PDF OnlyThe Effect of Structured Water Activity On Motor Ability, Parental Attitude, Self-Concept, and Adaptation in Kindergarten-Aged ChildrenAsher, Daphna; Roth, Dana; Frumer-Hadar, MeravAuthor Information Daphna Asher, MA, H.T. Hydrotherapy Center, Beit Issie Shapiro. Dana Roth, Ph.D., Director of Research & Evaluation Unit, Beit Issie Shapiro, P.O.Box 29, Ra'anana, Israel, 43100, Tel-972-9-7701250, Fax-972-9-7710465, [email protected] Merav Frumer-Hadar, MPT, H.T. Director of Hydrotherapy Center, Beit Issie Shapiro. Journal of Aquatic Physical Therapy: Fall 2006 - Volume 14 - Issue 1 - p 8-17 Buy Abstract During the last few years, activities such as “Water Babies” have become very popular. The water environment is unique in that it involves both movement and emotional aspects. This study compared three groups of kindergarten-aged children on gross and fine motor skills, parental attitude, self-concept and adaptation to kindergarten. The children participated in a structured water activity, another, in a structured motor activity not in the water and a group who did not take part in any extra-curricular motor activity. Findings indicate significantly better results for the structured water activity group in comparison to the non-water-based motor activity groups. Specifically on measures of gross and fine motor ability, parental attitude; and significantly better results than those who did not participate in any extra curricula activity. © 2006 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.