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Examination and Evaluation in School-Based Practice

presented by Susan K. Effgen, PT, PhD, FAPTA

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What tests and measures should physical therapists use in school settings? Are they different from other pediatric practice settings? First, the school-based physical therapist must understand the multiple meanings of the term "evaluation" in a school setting. With the school focus on participation and educational and functional outcomes the most appropriate tests and measures should be selected. A number of these tests and measures will be reviewed in more detail on the School Function Assessment (SFA) and PEDI-CAT and use of goal attainment scaling (GAS) as an outcome measure.

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Susan K. Effgen, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Susan K. Effgen, PT, PhD, FAPTA, is a professor in the Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Kentucky. She is an established educator and researcher in pediatric physical therapy and has taught at several universities including the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In 1986, she established the sixth doctoral program…

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1. Evidenced-based Assessment: Focus on Standardized Tests and Measures

In chapter one, you will review the important elements of test and measure selection and the benefits of the SFA, and PEDI-CAT for use in school practice.

2. Goal Attainment Scaling

The second chapter will cover school-based practice requirements including an individualized focus on student outcomes. Goal attainment scaling (GAS) meets this need for individualized outcomes when using objective measurement.

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