The Quick Neurological Screening Test – Third Edition, Revised (QNST-3R; Mutti, Martin, Sterling & Spalding, 2017) is an individually-administered, criterion-referenced, standardized instrument that measures the development of motor coordination and sensory integration for persons 5 years old through 80 years and up . The QNST-3R is designed to screen for neurological soft signs (NSS), as ongoing NSS are related to problems with learning, neurocognitive performance, and general daily functioning. This instrument assesses motor maturity and development, tactile and kinesthetic processing, gross and fine muscle control, motor planning and sequencing, sense of rate and rhythm, spatial organization, visual and auditory perception, balance and vestibular function, and attentional control. Tasks used in traditional neurologic exams are used, such as hand skill, eye tracking, sound patterns, figure recognition and production, palm form recognition, finger to nose, thumb and finger circle, rapidly reversing repetitive hand movements, arm and leg extension, tandem walk, stand on one leg, skipping, left-right discrimination, and behavioral irregularities.
Compared with its predecessor, the QNST-3R includes updated functional category scores (based on a nationally-representative sample), along with revisions and clarifications to the Record Form, administration procedures, and scoring guidelines. Additionally, the Manual’s updated literature review includes information about NSS seen in sports-related concussion (child and adult) and neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases). Importantly, the QNST-3 forms are not compatible with the QNST-3R.
Age: 5-80+ years
Time to Administer: 20-30 minutes
Method of Administration: Individually-administered, criterion-referenced screening instrument that measures motor coordination and sensory integration
Raw scores are interpreted in terms of functional categories
Subscales: Subtests: Motor Maturity and Development, Sensory Processing, Gross and Fine Muscle Control, Motor Planning and Sequencing, Sense of Rate and Rhythm, Spatial Organization, Visual and Auditory Perception, Balance and Vestibular Function, Attentional Control