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Author(s): Deborah Cristina Gonçalves Luiz Fernani1 | Gabriela Santa Maria Lucin | Laís Bezerra Escarelli | Graziela Cristina Claudino Gomes | Natália Silva Loosli | Renata Aparecida de Oliveira Lima | Francis Lopes Pacagnelli

Journal: Colloquium Vitae
ISSN 1984-6436

Volume: 3;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 21;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Child development | skill | child | performance evaluation

Development is the continuous change in global behavior over the life cycle of human beings, due to the interaction between the needs of the task, the individual's genetic and environmental conditions in which the child is. In order to evaluate possible changes during the development of children, several tests may be performed, including the Denver II Test composed of four assessment items: personal-social, fine motor adaptation, language and overall motor skills, being the latter the instrument used in this study. The objective was to evaluate the overall motor skills of children from a day care center. Seventeen children between 10 and 30 months of chronological age, average of 22.7 months old, participated, being 9 (52.95%) males and 8 (47.05%) females, of 21 children who join the nursery at a day care center in Presidente Prudente, SP. All children presented tests as "approved", in other words, they performed the activities suitable for the chronological age. Classifying the global motor according to the Development Screening Test (Denver II): 14 children (82.36%) achieved the score "advanced" and 3 children (17.64%) were classified as "normal". Regarding gender, the performance was slightly better in girls, because all the female children are beyond the item corresponding to the chronological age. Thus, the overall motor development in children from day care center evaluated by the methods used in this study was “normal” and “advanced” according to the chronological age.
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