Lisa J. Nuss

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Dr. Barbara A. Rider

Second Advisor

Dr. Cindee Peterson

Third Advisor

Dr. Shirley Lukens

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This study uses a simple experimental design to examine the effect of standardized and adapted instructions on first graders' performance on selected subtests of the Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency (Bruininks, 1G78). The mean age of the 20 female and 24 male subjects was 6.77 years. Subjects were randomly assigned to the two experimental conditions. Although the findings for both subtests are not statistically significant at the p<.05 level, they do indicate that motor performance of some populations may not be compromised by altering the wording of the standardized assessment directions. The implications of this study and the need for future research in this area are discussed.