The Assisting Hand Assessment Version 5.0

Minneapolis, MN US
October 1, 2021 to October 3, 2021

A new perspective on evaluating hand function in children with unilateral impairments 18 months - 18 years. 

The Assisting Hand Assessment (AHA) is now a well-established and frequently used evaluative tool to measure how effectively children with unilateral hand dysfunction actually use their involved hand collaboratively with their well-functioning hand to perform bimanual tasks. For the child the AHA is an enjoyable 10 to 15 minute semi-structured play session using a test-kit of selected toys requiring bimanual use. For older children a specially made board game is utilized and for teenagers and adults a board game, or two other bimanual activities can be used. 

About this course

The course teaches the Assisting Hand Assessment, version 5.0 and is conducted in two steps. First, a 2 1/2 day training course including information about the test construct, testing procedure and scoring practice on a range of children from videos. A manual with detailed scoring criteria and a computer based scoring form is provided. To achieve certification, the participant is required to complete six additional cases and achieve satisfactory results. Some of the cases are videos delivered on a web based e-learning platform, and some are self-produced AHA play sessions. Individual feedback of these cases is provided. 

Target Audience

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course/class/activity, the learner will (be able to):
  1. Demonstrate the setup, conduct and video record an Assisting Hand Assessment session
  2. Produce reliable scores according to the criteria in the manual
  3. Verbalize the concept and construct of the test and its psychometric properties
  4. Interpret and communicate the outcome of the test
 
Course summary
Course opens: 
05/01/2021
Course expires: 
01/03/2022
Event starts: 
10/01/2021 - 7:30am
Event ends: 
10/03/2021 - 12:00pm
Cost:
$760.00
Rating: 
0

Day 1 - October 1, 2021

Time

Topic

7:30 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.

Introductions and Logistics

  • introduce course leaders and participants
  • introduction about the concept, theoretical background and development of the test

10:00 a.m.

Break

10:15 a.m.

Definitions of the test items and scoring criteria

12:00 p.m.

Lunch on your own

1:00 p.m.

Definitions of the test items and scoring criteria (continued) & scoring of children

2:30 p.m.

Break

2:45 p.m.

How to set up the test situation

4:30 p.m.Adjourn

 

Day 2 - October 2, 2021

Time

Topic

7:30 a.m.

Arrival, sign-in and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.

Validity, reliability and responsiveness to change

10:00 a.m.

Break

10:15 a.m.

Scoring of small children 18 months - 5 years

12:00 p.m.

Lunch on your own

1:00 p.m.

Test situation with older children

2:30 p.m.

Break

2:45 p.m.

Scoring of older children 6-12 years

4:30 p.m.Adjourn

 

Day 3 - October 3, 2021

Time

Topic

7:30 a.m.

Arrival, sign-in and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.

Certification procedure and scoring of children

10:00 a.m.

Break

10:15 a.m.

AHA in the perspective of ICF and other tests

12:00 p.m.

Evaluations/Adjourn

 

 

Children's Minnesota
2525 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
United States

For more information about Children's Minnesota's Minneapolis campus, please click here.

Each session will be held in the Children's Specialty Center conference room G053. Check in at the 2nd floor Welcome Desk for directions to the room.

Note: In the event that COVID-19 conditions prevent this course from occurring in person, every effort will be made to schedule as a virtual course. A decision regarding the course platform will be made by August 1, 2021 and communicated to all registered participants. 

 

Travel

International Participants

International participants may have additional safety procedures prior to participating in the class. Please notify Kathy Grinde prior to registration if you are an international participant. 

Lodging

Local lodging options in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Lisa Wagner, DHS, OTR/L

Lisa has her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from the University of Indianapolis. She is a Senior Occupational Therapist at Shriners Hospital for Children in South Carolina since 1991. Lisa has been an instructor for AHA since 2010.

Heather Mahnken, MS, OTR/L

Heather has her Masters in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University. She is currently working as a Senior Occupational Therapist at Children's Hospital Colorado. Heather has been an instructor for AHA since 2018. 

Credit Statement:

This activity has been designed for 17.75 educational contact hours, however the participant is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for continuing education. 

Price

Cost:
$760.00
Please login or register to take this course.
Registration Instructions

Deadline for registration is September 17, 2021. Registration will be accepted after the deadline if space is available. Cancelation accepted up to 2 weeks before the course, minus an administration fee of $100. No refunds within 2 weeks of the course. 

Questions?

For questions about the conference contact Kathy Grinde via email.

For questions related to registration/cancellation contact childrens.events@events.childrensmn.org.  

 

Required Hardware/software

You will receive an email from the presenters in advance of the workshop from the presenters' eLearning platform, Coursio, with pre-course readings and links to videos for the certification procedure after the workshop. A Kids - AHA test kit will be needed after the course for the certification process.

In the event that the course must switch to a virtual platform, attendees will need access to a reliable internet connection, preferably not a wireless connection.