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Child Cognition, Language and Neuropsychology -
Perception and Visuomotor Abilities

Movement Assessment Battery for Children (Movement ABC)
Sheila E Henderson and David A Sugden, 1992

Provides screening, assessment and management
of movement problems

Age Range:
4 to 12 years

Individual - 20 to 30 minutes

The Movement ABC identifies and evaluates the movement problems that can determine a child's participation and social adjustment at school and to plan programmes for remediation and management. It is a unique assessment battery specifically designed to identify and evaluate movement problems that can determine a child's social integration at school.

The Movement ABC Checklist provides classroom assessment of movement difficulties, screening for "at risk" children and systematic monitoring of treatment programmes. It provides a comprehensive assessment for those identified as "at risk", yielding both normative and qualitative measures of movement competence, manual dexterity, ball skills, static and dynamic balance.

Guidelines for Management and Remediation provides practical assistance in organising intervention programmes based on Movement ABC's assessment process and in today's activity based learning environment, physical skills can determine levels of classroom and playground involvement, barring the clumsier or less co-ordinated child from full participation in the education process. 

Recent research indicates that children starting out with comparative advantages in ability and achievement, but with moderate motor difficulties, can experience progressive erosion of their early promise and eventually fail in educational terms, sometimes quite dramatically.

Movement difficulties can make these children conspicuous and isolated with important implications for emotional and social development as well as for educational progress. For many of these children, early detection and corrective action may be the only hope of combating the destructive impact of motor difficulties. 

In addition to its value as a normative test, Movement ABC offers a qualitative appreciation of the many factors contributing to difficulties in the motor domain. This integrated package gives therapists and educators an important additional perspective on the assessment of young children.

Available Products


Complete kit: Includes manual, 50 checklists and 10 of each record form, bibliography and all manipulatives in briefcase
Additional copies of materials:
Age band 1 (4 to 6 years) record forms, pack of 25
Age band 2 (7 to 8 years) record forms, pack of 25
Age band 3 (9 to 10 years) record forms, pack of 25
Age band 4 (11 to 12 years) record forms, pack of 25
Checklist, pack of 50 and instruction sheet