Motor Assessment

  • R. J. Gallagher
  • D. Cech
Part of the Perspectives in Developmental Psychology book series (PDPS)


The motor behavior of children is a basic substrate of a child’s development, and thus, deviations in the acquisition of skills that are motor-dependent have the potential of drastically affecting a child’s developmental outcome. From the newborn’s general activity, to the infant’s first attempts at crawling and walking through the toddler’s climbing, motor activity makes available to the child an ever-expanding and ever-changing environment. Through motor activity, the youngster learns relationships among objects and their characteristics and finally develops an ability to adapt and control situations that effect environmental change.


Motor Skill Muscle Tone Motor Impairment Motor Development Postural Reaction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. J. Gallagher
    • 1
  • D. Cech
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Early Childhood Special EducationUniversity of CincinnatiCincinnatiUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physical TherapyChicago Medical SchoolNorth ChicagoUSA

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