General Outcome Assessment

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Developing a General Outcome Measure of Growth in Movement for Infants and toddlers is an important outcome in early childhood, is necessary for physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development. The development of an experimental measure for assessing growth in movement in children ages birth to 3 years is described. Based on general outcome measurement (GOM) procedures , the measure was intended for the identification of children having difficulty acquiring movement skills and the evaluation of the effectiveness of interventions for these children. Results from its use with a sample of 29 infants and toddlers demonstrated the feasibility of the measure. The 6-minute GOM was found to be reliable in terms of inter-observer agreement and odd-even and alternate forms indices. of motor abilities and caregiver…show more content…
One reason is to discriminate between very young children with delays in motor, movement skills and their peers without delays. A second reason is that delays in movement are often the first indicator that a child may have a more general developmental disability . Delays in movement frequently appear more early in life than do delays in domains such as language or cognition. A third reason to focus on motor,movement assessment is that early problems often are related to developmental difficulties in other areas. Movement limitations may compromise children's abilities to communicate, interact, and explore their environments (Gallahue 1999). This strong connection between movement and other domains, especially cognitive development, was underscored by Piaget, who theorized that in the first 2 years of life, which he called the sensorimotor phase, motor actions in the environment provide the foundation for children's intelligence . For these reasons, we believe that early movement skills should be monitored to allow for early detection and intervention (Gallahue

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