Development of a Challenge Assessment Tool for High-Functioning Children With an Acquired Brain Injury Academic Article uri icon

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  • PURPOSE: To develop a performance-based challenge assessment to evaluate gross motor abilities of high-functioning youth with an acquired brain injury (ABI). METHODS: Potential items were identified from the literature. A panel of 4 expert physical therapists selected items on the basis of 3 criteria: safety to test, feasibility to administer, and importance to perform. Item reduction was completed using ratings from a physical therapist web survey. The Acquired Brain Injury-Challenge Assessment (ABI-CA) was created and pilot tested with youth with an ABI. RESULTS: Seventy-eight items were identified and reduced to 47 items following expert panel discussion. Web-survey item reduction by 75 pediatric physical therapists yielded a 24-item ABI-CA that was administered to 6 youth with an ABI, aged 8 to 17 years. The ABI-CA mean score was 50.7/81.0 (SD = 17.4). CONCLUSION: The ABI-CA was feasible to administer and demonstrated gross motor activity challenges beyond the Gross Motor Function Measure. Response option refinement and measure validation are required prior to clinical/research use.


  • Ibey, Robyn J
  • Chung, Rochelle
  • Benjamin, Nicole
  • Littlejohn, Shannon
  • Sarginson, Andrea
  • Salbach, Nancy Margaret
  • Kirkwood, Gail
  • Wright, Virginia

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  • 2010