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Beery-Buktenica Developmental Test of Visual-Motor Integration (Beery VMI)
Please visit this website for more information about the instrument: Beery-Buktenica Developmental Test of Visual-Motor Integration Sixth Edition
Supplemental: Cerebral Palsy (CP), Mitochondrial Disease (Mito), Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Neuromuscular Diseases (NMD), Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Exploratory: Sport-Related Concussion (SRC)
Short Description of Instrument
The Beery VMI helps assess the extent to which individuals can integrate their visual and motor abilities. The test presents the examinee with drawings of 24 geometric forms, arranged in developmental sequence from less to more complex. The examinee simply copies these forms in the Test Booklet. A Short Form, composed of 15 drawings, is often used with 2- to 8-year-old children. Supplemental tests of Visual Perception and Motor Coordination are available.
The Beery VMI can be used by psychologists, learning disability specialists, school counselors, teachers, and other professionals to:
•   Identify individuals who may have difficulty with visual-motor integration
•   Make appropriate referrals for needed services
•   Test the effectiveness of educational and other interventions
•   Evaluate neuropsychological problems in older adults
•   Inform diagnoses of dementia or Alzheimer's
The Beery VMI has been used in numerous studies of cerebral palsy, including comparative studies with typically developing peers, studies of brain behavior relationships, and intervention outcome studies.
Published date: 2010
Ages: 2–18 y
Administration: paper-pencil
Administration Time: 10–15 minutes
Scoring: Manual
Accessibility: CP MACS I-II
Norms: Normative sample was 1,737 individuals aged 2 to 18 years (2010) and 1,021 adults aged 19–100 (2006). In sixth edition updated norms for ages 2 through 18; Adult norms are included for ages 19 and above, but were not updated in this edition.
Sport-Related Concussion Specific:  
Advantages: The Beery VMI is used in other medical disorders that affect neurologic function.  
Limitations: The scale is not widely used in concussion studies and though it may be part of an overall neuropsychological evaluation, it is unlikely to be a short stand alone measure.
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Document last updated June 2023