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Pediatric Physical Therapy:
doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e3181dbeff0
Review Article

The Clinimetric Properties of Performance-Based Gross Motor Tests Used for Children With Developmental Coordination Disorder: A Systematic Review

Slater, Leanne M. BPhty (Hons); Hillier, Susan L. PhD; Civetta, Lauren R. BPhty (Hons), Grad Dip Pub Hlth

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Abstract

Purpose: Performance-based measures of gross motor skills are required for children with developmental coordination disorder to quantify motor ability and objectify change. Information related to psychometrics, clinical utility, feasibility, and client appropriateness and acceptability is needed so that clinicians and researchers are assured that they have chosen the most appropriate and robust tool.

Methods: This review identified performance-based measures of gross motor skills for this population, and the research evidence for their clinimetric properties through a systematic literature search.

Results: Seven measures met the inclusion criteria and were appraised for their clinimetric properties. The Movement Assessment Battery for Children and the Test for Gross Motor Development (second version) scored highest on appraisal.

Conclusions: The 2 highest scoring measures are recommended in the first instance for clinicians wishing to evaluate gross motor performance in children with developmental coordination disorder. However, both measures require further testing to increase confidence in their validity for this population.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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