Along with careful observation of your child, formal assessments can be very useful.

For example: 

  • assessing a child's developmental skills and tracking change at all ages, from birth through to adulthood

  • tracking a child's changing head shape

  • assessing a child's fitness or walking endurance

  • assessing higher level mobility skills like running, hopping and running up stairs

 

They can be used to inform our goals, our treatment approach, and to track change. 

 

They can also be helpful in making referrals to other health professionals and advocating for funding for inclusion support at kindergarten and school. 

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Formal assessments

What can your child do? What will they learn next? 

Examples of formal outcome measures we can use are: 

  • for babies' gross motor development: GMs (the General Movements Assessment), TIMP (Test of Infant Motor Performance), AIMS (Alberta Infant Motor Scale)

  • for assessing babies' head shape: Cranial Technologies severity assessments for plagiocephaly, brachycephaly and scaphpycephaly

  • for children's movement development up to 6 years of age: NSMDA (Neuro Sensory Motor Developmental Assessment)

  • for children's movement: GMFM (Gross Motor Function Measure)

  • for classifications in consultation with your team for children with cerebral palsy: GMFCS (Gross Motor Functional Classification Score); MACS (Manual Ability Classification System); CFCS (Communication Function Classification System); EDACS (Eating and Drinking Classification System); FMS (Functional Mobility Scale)

  • for movement speed: 6 minute walk test, 10 metre walk test, timed up and go, which can be used from childhood into adulthood allowing for longer term tracking

  • for higher level mobility and balance: HiMAT (High Level Mobility Assessment Test) which can be used from childhood into adulthood allowing for longer term tracking

  • assessments specific to a group eg. Achondroplasia developmental milestones, PJ Ireland

We also like to use the GAS (Goal Attainment Scale) and COPM (Canadian Outcome Performance Measure) to track your goals.

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