ERIC Number: ED190661
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Review of Measurement Instruments and Procedures for Assessing Reach and Grasp Behaviors: Implications for Quantitative Measurement.
The underlying theme of this review is that fine motor assessment for skills acquired during the first year of life includes a description of the coordination of reach and grasp behaviors into functional understanding, purposeful retention of an object, and manipulatian. The developmental sequence of these responses is listed in various standardized/nonstandardized assessment tools, all of which rely on occurence/nonoccurence measures of the response in order to monitor development. Accurate assessment of these responses allows for a finer monitoring of training procedures, provides a method of accountability, and assists in the development of effective intervention procedures. Six standardized assessment tools evaluating fine motor development are reviewed and reported: Assessment in Infancy, Neonatal Behavior Assessment Scale, Developmental Diagnosis, Bayley Scales of Infant Development, Denver Developmental Screening Test, and Koontz Child Development Program. Sixteen nonstandardized scales are also reviewed and compared. Significant developmental stages of reach and grasp sequences are summarized in tabular form, reflecting the amount of information available compared with the data showing the development of midline skills and motor release. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kansas Research Inst. for the Early Childhood Education of the Handicapped, Lawrence.
Note: For related document, see TM 800 461.