Early Childhood Education Journal

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 5-9

A New Inventory for Assessing Affordances in the Home Environment for Motor Development (AHEMD-SR)

  • Carl GabbardAffiliated withTexas A&M University Email author 
  • , Priscila CaçolaAffiliated withTexas A&M University
  • , Luis Paulo RodriguesAffiliated withPolytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo

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A contemporary view of motor development considers environmental influences as critical factors in optimal growth and behavior, with the home being the primary agent. The intent of this communication is to introduce the Affordances in the Home Environment for Motor Development Self-Report (AHEMD-SR) to early childhood practitioners. The AHEMD-SR is a reliable and valid parental self-report assessment instrument that addresses the quality and quantity of factors (affordances and events) in the home that are conducive to enhancing motor development in children ages 18–42 months. The instrument could provide useful information in a wide variety of settings, including applications to intervention and remediation.


Early childhood Motor skills Motor assessment Home environment