What assessments do you use in your day to day practice? Below I talk about my favorite 4 assessments and why I love them- did your favorite make the list? Click read more to find out, and to download a comprehensive list of common pediatric assessment tools for occupational therapists. Definitely a useful reference guide to have in your OT toolbox.
Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency, Second Edition (BOT-2)
The BOT-2 is a nationally standardized test that measures motor skills. The test can be used for children 4 through 21 years of age. The BOT-2 is made up of four-composite sections each with two subtests measuring a specific skill area. I personally like to perform the first two composite sections: Fine Manual Control and Gross Manual Control. The Fine Manual Control composite is made up of the Fine Motor Precision and Fine Motor Integration subtests.
The Gross Manual Control composite is made up of the Manual Dexterity and Upper-Limb Coordination subtests. I find that these subtest skill areas provide me with the information I need to properly assess my client’s level of function and develop a plan of care.
Beery-Buktenica Developmental Test of Visual-Motor Integration, Sixth Edition (BEERY VMI)
The Beery VMI is a standardized tool useful for screening visual-motor deficits of individuals 2 to 99 years of age. It is composed of a short format (2-8 years) and a full format. If after completion of the short or full format results indicate that further testing will be beneficial there are also added forms measuring Visual Perception and Motor Coordination. I find this assessment useful to use with individuals that have a difficult time following directions or when there is a language barrier present due to the assessment’s non-verbal nature.
The Sensory Profile 2 consists of standardized questionnaires helpful for evaluating the sensory patterns of children. Questionnaires are completed by the child’s caregiver or teacher and they consider performance in a variety of settings: school, home, and community-based activities. The Sensory Profile can be used with children from birth to 14 years of age- forms are divided by specific age ranges or setting. I almost always include the Sensory Profile in my evaluations as it provides me with a bigger picture of the child’s performance outside of the clinic.
Peabody Developmental Motor Scales, Second Edition (PDMS-2)
The PDMS-2 is a standardized assessment which measures motor development in early childhood. It is composed of six subtests: reflexes, stationary, locomotion, object manipulation, grasping, and visual-motor integration- and can be used with children from birth to 5 years of age. This is definitely my go to assessment for my younger clients. It is also helpful for developing developmentally appropriate treatment goals.
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