While an increasing number of research on assessment tools for the examination of a child/youth’s ability to participate in their natural environment are being published, their use is limited by various barriers. These barriers include the perception of limited applicability in real-world practice, lengthy administration, and high costs of acquiring standardized tools.
The Free, the Cheap and the Premium! bridges the gap between pediatric assessment tools and their real-world application by providing clear rationale and practical tips for test selection, administration and interpretation. The speakers will describe tests of participation that will fit your budget: whether you have $0 funds, a limited one, or deep pockets. Tests discussed in this session can be used for children from 3-21 years old, from those with mild to severe disabilities.
In addition to measuring participation, participants will learn how to utilize the tests to determine the child’s/family’s strengths, needs, motivations and goals. The presenters will illustrate how test results can be used in goal setting, intervention planning, and monitoring the child’s progress. Relevance to school-, home- and/or clinic-based settings will be addressed. Case vignettes will be utilized throughout to illustrate application of tools and to gauge participants' achievement of course objectives.