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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Limitations of the Neurological Evolutional Exam (ENE) as a motor assessment for first graders
Author: Cacola, PM
Bobbio, TG
Arias, AV
Goncalves, VG
Gabbard, C
Abstract: Background: Many clinicians and researchers in Brazil consider the Neurological Developmental Exam (NDE), a valid and reliable assessment for Brazilian school-aged children. However, since its inception, several tests have emerged that, according to some researchers, provide more in-depth evaluation of motor ability and go beyond the detection of general motor status (soft neurological signs). Objectives: To highlight the limitations of the NDE as a motor skill assessment for first graders. Methods: Thirty-five children were compared on seven selected items of the NDE, seven of the Bruininks-Oseretsky Test (BOT), and seven of the Visual-Motor Integration test (VMI). Participants received a 'pass' or 'fail' score for each item, as prescribed by the respective test manual. Results: Chi-square and ANOVA results indicated that the vast majority of children (74%) passed the NDE items, whereas values for the other tests were 29% (BOT) and 20% (VMI). Analysis of specific categories (e. g. visual, fine, and gross motor coordination) revealed a similar outcome. Conclusions: Our data suggest that while the NDE may be a valid and reliable test for the detection of general motor status, its use as a diagnostic/remedial tool for identifying motor ability is questionable. One of our recommendations is the consideration of a revised NDE in light of the current needs of clinicians and researchers.
Subject: motor skills
psychomotor performance
child development
Country: Brasil
Editor: Associacao Brasileira Pesquisa Pos-graduacao Fisioterapia-abrapg-ft
Rights: aberto
Identifier DOI: 10.1590/S1413-35552010005000024
Date Issue: 2010
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