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ERIC Number: EJ799548
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 108
ISSN: ISSN-1034-912X
Motor Assessment in Developmental Coordination Disorder: From Identification to Intervention
Barnett, Anna L.
International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, v55 n2 p113-129 Jun 2008
A description of Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) is included in the "Diagnostic Manual of the American Psychiatric Association" fourth edition ("DSM-IV-TR"). The major feature of this condition is impairment in motor skill, which has a negative impact on the performance of everyday life tasks. The present review outlines major issues concerning the assessment of motor performance in DCD. First, the psychometric principles of reliability and validity are considered, together with a discussion of test norms. This is followed by a review of 5 major purposes of assessment: screening and identification, measurement of motor performance, making a diagnosis, understanding the nature and mechanisms of the condition, and planning for intervention. In each case, the relevant assessment tools are identified and their application discussed. The article concludes with recommendations for future work, which include the need to refine the DCD diagnostic criteria in order to offer a more principled approach to the selection of assessment techniques. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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