The aim of this study was to quantify the frequently observed problems in motor control in Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) using three tasks on motor performance and motor learning. A group of 70 children with NF1 was compared to age-matched controls. As expected, NF1 children showed substantial problems in visuo-motor integration (Beery VMI). Prism-induced hand movement adaptation seemed to be mildly affected. However, no significant impairments in the accuracy of simple eye or hand movements were observed. Also, saccadic eye movement adaptation, a cerebellum dependent task, appeared normal. These results suggest that the motor problems of children with NF1 in daily life are unlikely to originate solely from impairments in motor learning. Our findings, therefore, do not support a general dysfunction of the cerebellum in children with NF1.

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Krab, L., de Goede-Bolder, A., Aarsen, F., Moll, H., de Zeeuw, C., Elgersma, Y., & van der Geest, J. (2011). Motor learning in children with neurofibromatosis type I. The Cerebellum, 10(1), 14–21. doi:10.1007/s12311-010-0217-2