Motor Skill Proficiency Among Homeschooled Children

in Journal of Motor Learning and Development

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Laura Spivey KabiriHouston Community College

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Katy MitchellTexas Woman’s University

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Wayne BrewerTexas Woman’s University

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Alexis OrtizTexas Woman’s University

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Almost 2 million American children are homeschooled but no information is currently available regarding motor skill proficiency within this population. The purpose of this research was to describe motor skill proficiency among homeschooled children and assess differences in homeschooled subgroups. This crosssectional study screened 73 homeschooled children aged 5–8 years for overall motor skill proficiency using the Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency, Second Edition, Short Form (BOT-2 SF). Independent t tests examined differences in motor skill proficiency within the homeschooled population. Mann-Whitney U tests examined differences in motor skill proficiency classification within significantly different subgroups. Homeschooled children demonstrated average motor proficiency. Significantly different motor proficiency was seen among homeschooled children participating in 3 or more hours of organized sports per week, t(71) = 2.805, p = .006, 95% CI = 1.77, 10.49, and whose primary caregiver was employed versus unemployed, t(71) = –3.875, p < .001, 95% CI = –13.29, –4.26. Mann-Whitney U tests revealed significantly different motor skill proficiency classification in these same subgroups. Overall, homeschooling showed no detrimental effect on motor skill proficiency. Participation in 3 or more hours of organized sports per week or having an unemployed primary caregiver may improve motor skill proficiency among this population.

Kabiri is with the Physical Therapist Assistant Program, Houston Community College, Houston, TX. Mitchell, Brewer, and Ortiz are with the School of Physical Therapy, Texas Woman’s University, Houston, TX.

Please address author correspondence to Laura Kabiri at laura.kabiri@hccs.edu.
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