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Developmental Motor Cognition Laboratory

Lab Director

Dr. Priscila Caçola

Dr. Priscila Caçola
Associate Professor,
Department of Kinesiology

About the DMC Lab

The primary focus of the Developmental Motor Cognition Laboratory is to investigate the development of motor behavior in children and adolescents. More specifically, the lab explores screening and diagnostic tools related to motor coordination disorders in children, in addition to proposing intervention, training, and rehabilitation protocols that can improve those difficulties.

Little Mavs Movement Academy

Scene from DMC lab

The DMC lab hosts the Little Mavs Movement Academy, a free group motor skill intervention program designed to improve motor skills of 4- to 16-year old children and adolescents with movement/coordination difficulties. Get more information by exploring the LMMA website (click or tap here). Looking for the LMMA Schedule and Enrolment information? Click or tap here to go directly to the LMMA Schedule page.

Research Areas

Scene from DMC lab

The DMC Lab conducts research in the following areas:

  • Motor Development in Childhood
  • Motor cognition aspects in childhood
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Motor skill interventions for typical and atypical populations
  • Affordances in the Home Environment for Motor Development
Methodological Assessments

Scene from DMC lab

The DMC Lab uses the following assessments in our work:

  • Movement Assessment Battery for Children Second Edition (MABC2)
  • Beery- Buktenica Developmental Test of Visual-Motor Integration, Sixth Edition (Beery)  
  • Evaluation Tool of Children’s Handwriting (ETCH)
  • Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency, Second Edition (BOT-2)
  • Kaufman Brief Intelligence Test, Second Edition (KBIT-2)
  • Test of Gross Motor Development (TGMD)
  • Movement Imagery Questionnaire (MIQ)
  • Florida Praxis Imagery Questionnaire (FPIQ)
  • Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL)
  • Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder Questionnaire
  • Children’s Self-Perceptions of Adequacy in and Predilection for Physical Activity (CSAPPA)
  • Computerized tests of motor imagery, coincident timing, and others
Lab Members

Members of the DMC

Members of the DMC Lab, Fall 2017

José Luiz Vieira, Visitng Scholar (Brazil)
Luciana Ferreira, M.S., Ph.D. Student, Visiting Scholar (Brazil)
Ricardo Pimenta, M.S., Ph.D. Student, Visiting Scholar (Brazil)
Brittney Oliver, M.S., Ph.D. Student
Chad Fuchs, M.S., Ph.D. Student

For More Information

For more information on screening, research, and intervention with children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (Dyspraxia/Dysgraphia/Low motor ability), please contact Dr. Caçola: