Motor Skill assessment of children: Is there an association between performance-based, child-report, and parent-report measures of children's motor skills?

Johanna Kennedy, Ted Brown, Chi-Wen Chien

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Client-centered practice requires therapists to actively seek the perspectives of children and families. Several assessment tools are available to facilitate this process. However, when evaluating motor skill performance, therapists typically concentrate on performance-based assessment. To improve understanding of the information provided by the different approaches, the study investigated correlations between performance-based, child-report, and parent-report measures of children's motor skill performance. A sample of convenience of 38 children 812 years of age with no history of motor or intellectual impairments and their parents was recruited from Victoria, Australia. Scores for the BruininksOseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency (performance-based, administered by a therapist), Physical Self-Description Questionnaire (child report), and Movement Assessment Battery for Children Checklist (parent report) were analyzed using Spearman's rho correlation. Several significant moderate-to-large correlations were found between scores for parent-report and scores for performance-based assessments, while few significant correlations were found between scores for child report and scores for the other two measures. The results suggest that children offer a unique perspective which should be integrated with other sources of information to gain a more holistic perspective of their motor skill performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-209
Number of pages14
JournalPhysical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Children
  • Client-report
  • Motor skill performance
  • Parent-report
  • Pediatrics
  • Performance-based assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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