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The Movement Assessment Battery for Children – Second Edition (MOVEMENT ABC-2)

The Movement Assessment Battery for Children – Second Edition (Movement ABC-2; Henderson, Sugden, & Barnett, 2007) is a norm-based assessment of motor development for children ages 3 through 17.


The Movement Assessment Battery for Children contains items in three categories: manual dexterity, ball skills, and static and dynamic balance. The test is given according to three age bands, with test items changing depending on the age category. Total standard scores and percentiles are obtained.

The Movement ABC-2 also contains a checklist to be completed by a teacher or other professional to assess how the child performs motor activities in everyday situations and the child’s feelings toward motor tasks. The Movement ABC-2 provides information on functioning in one-to-one and group settings. The Movement ABC-2 Checklist assesses emotional and motivational difficulties related to motor tasks.


Author (yr) Age Range (yrs) Method of Administration/Format Approx. Time to Administer Subscales
Movement Assessment Battery for Children - Second Edition (Movement ABC-2) Henderson , Sugden, Barnett (2007) 3–17 (Assessment) 5–12 (Checklist)

Norm-referenced, clinician-administered

The Movement ABC-2 Test – provides standard scores and percentiles

The Movement ABC-2 Checklist – yields Percentile cut scores

20–40 min. (Assessment) 10 min. (Checklist)

Manual Dexterity, Ball Skills, Static and Dynamic Balance

Availability: Pearson,


Author (yr) Sample Size Topic(s) Addressed Outcome
Liu & Breslin (2013) 25 - Age Range: 3-16 (years) Compare impact of assessment protocols for Movement ABC-2 for children with ASD

25 children with ASD performed Movement ABC-2 using two different protocols: one with verbal instructions and demonstrations prior to motor skill performance, the other group using a picture activity schedule with verbal instructions minimized. Results: All children were delayed. However, when using the picture activity schedule protocol, scores were significantly higher. Percentile score for the visually supported group (12.4) compared to traditional protocol percentile score (1.1) F(1,24) = 24.143, p˂.001. Conclusions: Picture activity schedule protocol may elicit better motor skill performance for children with ASD.

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