Are the school version of the assessment of motor and process skills measures valid for German-speaking children?

Vera C. Kaelin, Margo van Hartingsveldt, Brigitte E. Gantschnig, Anne G. Fisher
2018 Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy  
There are no validated assessment tools for evaluating quality of schoolwork task performance of children living in German-speaking Europe (GSE). Objective: To determine whether the international age-normative means of the School Version of the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (School AMPS) are valid for use in GSE. Methods: The participants were 159 typically-developing children, 3-12 years, from GSE. We examined the proportions of School AMPS measures falling within ±2 standard
more » ... (SD) of the international age-normative means, and evaluated for significant group differences (p < 0.05) in mean School AMPS measures between the GSE sample and the international age-normative sample using one-sample Z tests. When significant mean differences were found, we evaluated if the differences were clinically meaningful. Results: At least 95% of the GSE School AMPS measures fell within ±2 SD of the international age-normative means for the School AMPS. The only significant mean differences were for 6-(p < 0.01) and 8-year-olds (p ¼ 0.02), and only the 6-year-old school process mean difference was clinically meaningful. Conclusions: Because the only identified clinically meaningful difference was associated with likely scoring error of one rater, the international age-normative means of the School AMPS appear to be valid for use with children in GSE. ARTICLE HISTORY
doi:10.1080/11038128.2017.1397190 pmid:29293031 fatcat:hzdqmjwervecrh5k3mz7gvpc7m