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It is theorized that the home plays a big role in the motor development of a child. Home is usually the place where a young child spends most of their time. The aim of this research project was to see if the home environment correlates in any way to a child’s motor development in children ages 18-42 months. Seven children and their parents participated in this study. Parents filled out the AHEMD survey which asked questions about their child’s home environment and toys available. The AHEMD survey is a reliable and valid parental self-report assessment instrument that addresses the quality and quantity of factors in the home that are conducive to enhancing motor development. A motor assessment was performed on each child evaluating their running, jumping, kicking, and throwing skills. The results showed that there was a large correlation between a child’s play materials used for gross movements with the arm and legs and an increased kicking and throwing score on the motor assessment. The results showed that there was not a large correlation between a child’s throwing or kicking score on the motor evaluation and play materials used for gross movement exploration that were used in their home. Results showed that there was not much of an association between having a playroom in their home and their throwing, kicking, running, and jumping scores on the motor assessment.


This paper was written as part of the Kinesiology course, Advanced Motor Development (KIN 4883) taught by Dr. Amber Chelette.

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