Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Physical Therapy (M.S.)

Degree Program

Physical Therapy


The purpose of this study was to investigate the validity of the Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency (BOTMP) in assessing the adolescent with Down syndrome. Thirteen individuals with Down syndrome ages 13 to 20 years with an IQ of at least 35 were administered the short form of the BOTMP (BOTMP-SF). The functional abilities of these subjects were assessed using the Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI). Four parts of the PEDI were utilized: 1) Self-Care Functional Skills, 2) Self- Care Caregiver Assistance, 3) Mobility Functional Skills, and 4) Mobility Caregiver Assistance. No evidence of significant correlation existed between the BOTMP-SF and the PEDI subtests of Self-Care Functional Skills (r = .240, p-value = .338) and Mobility Caregiver Assistance (r = .054, p-value = .860). The data from Mobility Caregiver Assistance lacked in variability, and therefore was not analyzed for a correlation. Evidence of a significant correlation was found between the BOTMP-SF and the PEDI sub-test of Self-Care Caregiver Assistance (r = .705, p-value = .007). The results did not fullyy support the original hypothesis that the BOTMP-SF is a valid tool for assessing the adolescent with Down syndrome. Practitioners serving individuals with Down syndrome would be advised to consider the apparent lack of validity of the BOTMP-SF with this population when seeking to provide the most appropriate assessment and follow-up care.


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