Creation and Determination of the Validity of a Test Battery for Motor Coordination in Children with Autism
Keywords:Autism Spectrum Disorder, Motor Skills, Psychomotor Performance, Reproducibility of Results, Validation Study (MeSH/DeCS)
This study aimed to create and determine a battery for assessing motor coordination in children with autism spectrum disorder – BACMA. This is a descriptive, cross-sectional and exploratory study to verify the validity of content and appearance of the BACMA, using the Delphi methodology, with consultation with a group of experts in the treatment of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder - ASD. The inclusion criteria were trained health and education professionals with more than two years of experience caring for children with ASD and, as an exclusion criterion, incomplete answers and non-continuity of respondents in the Delphi rounds. The panel of experts was initially made up of 23 professionals (01 psychology, 03 pedagogy, 05 physiotherapy and 14 physical education), all with work related to children with ASD. The final version of BACMA consists of four tests designed to assess fundamental motor skills: locomotion, manipulation, balance and jumping, according to the link https://bit.ly/bacmaresultado. Finally, the procedure determining objectivity reached an agreement rate of 100% in the fourth round, with a Cronbach's ∝ coefficient of 0.99, indicating statistically high reliability.
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