Assessment of Fine and Gross Motor Skills in Children

  • Maya Matheis
  • Jasper A. Estabillo
Part of the Autism and Child Psychopathology Series book series (ACPS)


Motor skills refer to the movement and coordination of one’s muscles and body. Gross motor skills require coordination of an individual’s arms, legs, and other large body parts for actions such as running, jumping, and throwing. Fine motor skills require coordination of smaller movements between the fingers, hands, and feet for actions such as picking up and grasping small objects. The assessment of motor skills involves the examination of motor functioning and motor development. There are a number of standardized measures available to measure motor functioning in children, 15 of which are reviewed in this chapter. This chapter also includes discussion related to the selection of an appropriate measure and childhood disorders commonly associated with motor difficulties.


Motor skills Fine motor Gross motor Motor functioning Developmental coordination disorder Assessment 


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  • Maya Matheis
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  • Jasper A. Estabillo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA

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