Clinical acceptability of the sense_assess (c) kids: Children and youth perspectives

Susan Taylor, Belinda McLean, Eve Blair, Leeanne Mary Carey, Jane Valentine, Sonya Girdler, Catherine Elliott

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BackgroundThe sense_assess (c) kids is a standardised, norm-referenced assessment designed to measure the functional somatosensation capacity of the upper limb of children with cerebral palsy. The objective of the current study was to determine if the sense_assess (c) kids was clinically acceptable to children and youth.

MethodsA questionnaire was completed by participants following administration of the sense_assess (c) kids by a trained occupational therapist. Twenty-six children with spastic hemiplegic cerebral palsy (aged 6-15years six months; mean 10years eight months; 16 boys) were recruited. Participants responded to questions regarding the administration and level of difficulty of the sense_assess (c) kids using a Q-Sort of like' and dislike', Likert scales and short answers. Content analysis was applied.

ResultsTwenty-one of twenty-six children, indicated that they were very happy' or happy' with the administration process of the sense_assess (c) kids. Most participants indicated that they liked the sensation they felt in the hand when tested.

ConclusionThis study has demonstrated the acceptability of sense_assess (c) kids for the population for whom it is intended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-88
Number of pages10
JournalAustralian Occupational Therapy Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018


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