Motor Performance Checklist for 5-year-olds: A tool for identifying children at risk of developmental co-ordination disorder
Article first published online: 22 JUN 2004
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Volume 40, Issue 7, pages 369–373, July 2004
How to Cite
Gwynne, K. and Blick, B. (2004), Motor Performance Checklist for 5-year-olds: A tool for identifying children at risk of developmental co-ordination disorder. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 40: 369–373. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2004.00404.x
- Issue published online: 22 JUN 2004
- Article first published online: 22 JUN 2004
- Accepted for publication 13 November 2003.
- motor co-ordination;
- occupational therapy;
- school health
Objective: The aim of this study was to further evaluate the ‘Motor Performance Checklist for 5-year-olds’, an instrument which had been piloted with some success and reported via this journal in 1996.
Method: Both validity and reliability in identifying children in most need of paediatric occupational therapy services was assessed. The Motor Performance Checklist was compared against a chosen ‘gold standard’ test, The Bruininks-Oseretsky test of Motor Proficiency, in a group of 141 5-year-old children.
Results: Correlations of 0.72 and 0.85 were found between the tests. The checklist was found to have a sensitivity of 83% and a specificity of 98%. Positive predictive validity was found to be 72% and negative predictive validity 99%. Interrater reliability ranged between 0.79 and 0.99 and intrarater reliability was 0.77.
Conclusions: These results indicate that the Motor Performance Checklist has the potential to assist in identifying children in most need of referral to community occupational therapy services.