Identifying developmental coordination disorder: MOQ-T validity as a fast screening instrument based on teachers' ratings and its relationship with praxic and visuospatial working memory deficits

David Giofre*, Cesare Cornoldi, Marina M. Schoemaker

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Abstract

The present study was devoted to test the validity, of the Italian adaptation of the Motor Observation Questionnaire for Teachers (MOQ-T, Schoemaker, Flapper, Reinders-Messelink, & De Kloet, 2008) as a fast screening instrument, based on teachers' ratings, for detecting developmental coordination disorders symptoms and to study its relationship with praxic and visuospatial working memory deficits. In a first study on a large sample of children, we assessed the reliability and structure of the Italian adaptation of the MOQ-T. Results showed a good reliability of the questionnaire and a hierarchical structure with two first-order factors (reflecting motor and handwriting skills), which are influenced by a second-order factor (general motor function) at the top. In a second study, we looked at the external validity of the MOQ-T and found that children with symptoms of Developmental Coordination Disorder (children with high scores on the MOQ-T) also had difficulty reproducing gestures, either imitating others or in response to verbal prompts. Our results also showed that children with high MOQ-T scores had visuospatial WM impairments. The theoretical and clinical implications of these findings are discussed. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3518-3525
Number of pages8
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Volume35
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec-2014

Keywords

  • Developmental coordination disorder, DCD
  • Visuospatial WM
  • Handwriting
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Specific learning disorder, SLD
  • Gesture reproduction
  • COVARIANCE STRUCTURE-ANALYSIS
  • CHILDREN
  • SKILLS
  • QUESTIONNAIRE
  • INTERVENTION
  • ATTENTION
  • AGE
  • DCD

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