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Blythedale and Burke to Host AHA Course, 4/30-5/2


Blythedale Children's Hospital and Burke Rehabilitation Center are pleased to co-host The Assisting Hand Assessment, a new perspective on evaluating hand function in children with unilateral impairments, on April 30 through May 2, 2014.

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. The AHA is then scored from structured video recordings of the observable performance skills during this play. 

The course teaches the Assisting Hand Assessment Version 5.0. It is conducted in two steps. First, a 2½-day training course is given 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 to complete six additional cases and get satisfactory results. Some of these from videos provided on a web based e-learning platform, and some self-produced AHA play sessions. Individual feedback of these cases is provided.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Demonstrate the set up, conduct and video record an Assisting Hand Assessment session and produce reliable scores according to the criteria in the manual
  • Verbalize the concept and construct of the test and its psychometric properties
  • Interpret and communicate the outcome of the test. 
  • Lena Krumlinde-Sundholm, Reg OT, PhD, Associate Professor is a senior Occupational Therapist and a researcher at the Neuropediatric unit, Department of Woman’s and Children’s Health, Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.
  • Lisa Wagner, DHS, OTR/L is a senior occupational therapist at Shriners Hospital for Children, Greenville and OT consultant with the School District of Pickens County.
Course Dates: April 30 – May 2, 2014

April 30: 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
Rosedale Room, Billings Building, Floor 2, Burke Rehabilitation Center
785 Mamaroneck Avenue White Plains, NY 10605

May 1: 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
Blythedale Children’s Hospital, 95 Bradhurst Ave., Valhalla, NY 10595

May 2: 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Rosedale Room, Billings Building, Floor 2, Burke Rehabilitation Center
785 Mamaroneck Avenue White Plains, NY 10605

Cost of Course: $1,000 USD
The fee includes a copy of the AHA manual and unlimited number of score forms as paper
copies and the electronic version. The fee also includes three light breakfasts and two lunches
during the course.

To view the course flier, please click here.

For more information, or to register for the workshop, please contact:
Rae Krauss
Blythedale Children’s Hospital
95 Bradhurst Avenue
Valhalla, NY 10595
914-592-7555, extension 71575
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