Assessment of gross and fine motor skills in preschool children using the Peabody Developmental Motor Scales Instrument

Eleni Dourou, Akrivi Komessariou, Vassiliki Riga, Konstantinos Lavidas

University Campus, 26504, Rio Patras, GR,


The purpose of this study was to identify the motor development level in preschool children through the administration of the Peabody Developmental Motor Scales-2 battery. The field research was conducted to schools and one hundred and fifty-six 3 to 6year-old children participated in the study. The children’s performances were assessed by gender, age group and type of motor skill. The statistical analyses computed showed that the state of the total motor quotient of the children was judged to be satisfactory, with slight differentiations per age group, with the older age-groups performing better than the younger in the fine motor quotient.
Furthermore, the girls excelled in locomotion, stationary and visual-motor integration skills and the boys in object manipulation skill. The findings highlight the need for assessment batteries in the planning of suitable programmes for the improvement of children’s motor skills.


PDMS-2, motor skill assessment, gross and fine motor skills, early childhood

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