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Assessment Tools: Clinical observations of motor and postural skills (COMPS)

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Clinical observations of motor and postural skills (COMPS)

Author: Brendan Wilson

Summary: OMPS is made up of six items: slow movements, rapid forearm rotation, finger-nose touching, prone extension posture, asymmetrical tonic neck reflex (ATNR), and supine flexion posture. These six items will help childhood specialists identify a number of subtle motor coordination problems in children 5 to 15 years old. COMPS has been shown to accurately identify a large percentage of children who have motor problems and offers standardized administration procedures and objective criteria for scoring.
Format: 1 manual (51 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.), 1 CD-ROM (12 cm.), 2 joint measurement tools, 1 COMPS scoring sheet, all in pouch.

Library Record:  Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library Reserves (WE 103 C641ca2 2000 ATOOLS)

Population: ages 5 to 15
Completion time:  15 minutes


  • 1 manual (51 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.)
  • 1 CD-ROM (12 cm.)
  • 2 joint measurement tools
  • 1 COMPS scoring sheet

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("cognitive performance test") AND ((((("Reproducibility of Results"[Mesh]) OR "Sensitivity and Specificity"[Mesh])) OR (reliabl* OR valid*)) OR (sensitiv* AND specif*)) 

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(("cognitive performance test”) OR (IN cognitive performance test)) AND (( (MH "Reliability and Validity+") OR (MH "Measurement Issues and Assessments+") OR (MH "Predictive Validity") OR (MH "Sensitivity and Specificity") ) OR ( reliabil* OR valid* ) OR ( sensitivity and specificity ))

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