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Research Article  |   July 2008
Establishing Validity of a Modified Melbourne Assessment for Children Ages 2 to 4 Years
Author Affiliations
  • Melinda Randall is Research Occupational Therapist, The Royal Children’s Hospital and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Flemington Road, Parkville 3052, Victoria, Australia, and PhD Candidate, School of Occupational Therapy, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; melinda.randall@rch.org.au
  • Christine Imms, MSc(RS), is Lecturer, School of Occupational Therapy, La Trobe University, Melbourne, and Senior Occupational Therapist–Research, The Royal Children's Hospital, Parkville, and Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
  • Leeanne Carey, PhD, is Head, Division of Neurorehabilitation and Recovery, National Stroke Research Institute, and Adjunct Professor, School of Occupational Therapy, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Article Information
Hand and Upper Extremity / Neurologic Conditions / Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / Children and Youth
Research Article   |   July 2008
Establishing Validity of a Modified Melbourne Assessment for Children Ages 2 to 4 Years
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July/August 2008, Vol. 62, 373-383. doi:10.5014/ajot.62.4.373
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July/August 2008, Vol. 62, 373-383. doi:10.5014/ajot.62.4.373
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 to 4.

RESULTS. All children ages 2.5 to 4 scored as expected and were compliant with test demands.

CONCLUSION. The Modified Melbourne Assessment may be used with children ages 2.5 to 4 without neurological impairment. Investigation with children with neurological impairment is now indicated.