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Establishing validity of a modified Melbourne Assessment for children ages 2 to 4 years

Melinda Randall, Christine Imms, Leeanne Carey

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY | AMER OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSOC, INC | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The Melbourne Assessment of Unilateral Upper Limb Function is a valid tool for measuring quality of upper-limb movement in children ages 5 to 15 with cerebral palsy. This study presents the first phase in establishing the validity of a modified version of the assessment for children ages 2 to 4. OBJECTIVE: We sought to determine whether children without neurological impairment scored within the top 5% on the modified assessment, to investigate compliance with test demands, and to investigate the relationship between the modified tool and the Quality of Upper Extremity Skills Test. METHOD: The test was modified and administered to 32 children without neurological impairment ages 2..

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