To orient yourself to these Motor Observations, I suggest you look at the "Original Lists of the Research Items with the Final 36 items", in the first section. Those that are in dark print are both reliable and valid and compose the Motor Observations.

Some short background reading:

The "Abstract" from this author and our statistical consultant, Dr. W.R. A. Duurkoop, will give you a good idea of the development of this project in Netherlands.

In the "Blind Evaluation of Body Reflex and Motor Skills in Learning Disability", the summary reports that in the Emory University study, the five point scale for each item was first developed. (We used this for our model). More than half of their items were able to discriminate who were the learning disabled boys.

Deciding if the Motor Observations are what you need:

Continue reviewing the first and second sections of the website. The examples of the items and the short 2 item video/DVD will give you a good idea of the contents.

In "Tips on how to perform the Motor Observations", you will find a list of objects you will need to give the Motor Observations, such as 2 types of balls, etc. This "Tip section" has very important information on perfoming the Motor Observations In the last part of section 2, there are examples of the statistical printouts for standard deviations.

The parts in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th section you can only open when you have purchased the Motor Observations. This will be with an access code.

Now you have purchased it, how to become familiar with The Motor Observations:

Download the Manual and several sets of work sheets to become familiar with their layout. Read these and then look at the 18 minute video/DVD on the computer. The video will teach you how to do the exact procedures. It is an addition to the Manual.

The Manual is the final authority.

Giving and Scoring the Motor Observations:

Check that you have all the necessary items for the test. We suggest you practice the Motor Observations with at least 5 children. Of course, more would be better, so we also suggest you do the test 15 times.

After you have had a chance to practice the full test, start practicing scoring. You can score our training video. Use an extra worksheet that you have downloaded to score it. There is an answer sheet with feedback in the computer, called "Scoring the video using the 5 point scale.". Check yourself on your scoring skills on this particular child. Remember scoring a child from a video is much harder than when the child is right in front of you.

Filling in the computer input sheet:

When you feel ready to give this test to a child, go ahead. Fill in the worksheet as you give the child each item, making any comments you would like, upon it. Have your Manual right next to you during the testing to confirm the text, etc. until you know the text and procedures from memory. Or use cards which have the exact text written upon them. Use a pencil for scoring. Then afterwards, check that you have filled in the scores of the items that you have given the child. This is your copy. Return to the computer to fill in the input score sheet from your handwritten one.

The computer will then analyze the raw scores, giving you the standard deviation scores for each item, for each theoretical group, and for a total score. You need to have all 36 items fill in to receive the full calculations. Good Luck!