This study aimed to examine the ability of the Quick Neurological Screening Test-II (QNST-II) (Mutti et al., 1998) to discriminate between children with and without perceptual-motor deficits and to further clarify its psychometric characteristics. Ninety-four children aged six to seven years were tested on the QNST-II. Out of this pool of subjects, 63 children had perceptual-motor deficits and 31 were typical controls. The children with perceptual-motor deficits scored significantly lower than the control children on the total score and on each of the subtest's scores of the QNST-II. Inter-rater reliability indicated a high degree of correlation between both evaluators' total scores of the QNST-II. In terms of the test's sensitivity and specificity, QNST-II scores correctly classified 97% of the children with perceptual-motor deficits and 84% of the children from the control group. The findings of this study support the capability of the QNST-II to discriminate between children with perceptual-motor deficits and typical children; thereby suggesting its usefulness as a screening measure to identify children at risk for difficulties in school performance.
- Perceptual-motor deficits
- Quick Neurological Screening Test-II