Identifying Developmental Motor Difficulties: A Review of Tests to Assess Motor Coordination in Children

Alice Cancer, Rebecca Minoliti, Maura Crepaldi, Alessandro Antonietti

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The latest guidelines recommend early identification of children with motor impairments using a standardized norm-referenced test. Motor coordination difficulties in developmental age have been studied extensively over recent years, with experimental literature on developmental coordination disorder (DCD) suggesting that motor proficiency assessments depend on the nature of the task at hand. In this article we reviewed 14 assessment tools to measure movement performance in childhood and adolescence, which are often referred to in an international context. This updated review aims to compare motor tests depending on a) the nature of the tasks included in the battery (i.e., questionnaire and clinical examination), b) psychometric properties, and c) cultural adaptation to relevant developmental norms. Finally, implications for diagnosis and clinical practice are discussed. Considering there are several tests used for DCD, it is important to better define their reliability and validity in different cultures in order to better compare the validation studies and select the most appropriate test to use in the assessment procedure.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1-12
Numero di pagine12
RivistaJournal of Functional Morphology and Kinesiology
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2020


  • assessment
  • developmental coordination disorder
  • developmental neuropsychology
  • dyspraxia


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