The Hand Assessment for Infants (HAI) 2018

Date: 8 – 9 March 2018

Venue: Burfoot Court, Guy’s Hospital, London SE1 9RT

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This event runs adjacent with The Assisting Hand Assessment (AHA) course, taking place on 5 – 7 March 2018 at Burfoot Court. For more information follow this link >>

Programme overview

A new assessment of hand function has recently been developed for infants at risk of developing cerebral palsy (CP) in the age range 3-12 months old. The development of this test has been done in collaboration between research groups at IRCCS Fondazione Stella Maris in Pisa Italy, and at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. The HAI intends to measure the degree and quality of goal directed actions performed with each hand separately as well as with both hands together. The outcome of the test renders a separate score for each hand, illustrating possible asymmetric hand use as well a measure a criterion referenced measure of general upper limb ability, as well as age norm references. As a first step the HAI has been validated for infants with clinical signs of unilateral cerebral palsy. The HAI is scored on 17 items (12 unimanual and 5 bimanual) scored on a 3-point rating scale.

The course teaches the reliable use of the HAI, in two steps. The first step involves a two day workshop where participants will learn about the constructs underlying the HAI, test procedures, test objects used, and scoring of infants from video recordings. A HAI manual with detailed scoring criteria and a computer based scoring form will be provided. The second step, following the course, participants will be able to create their own test kit according to instructions given during the course. Feedback on the selected toys will be provided during the certification procedure. Additionally participants will be required to achieve satisfactory scoring of test cases; some of which are provided by videos, and two from self-produced HAI play sessions.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate how to select appropriate toys for a HAI play session
  • Demonstrate the set-up and video-recording of the session and how toys are used to provoke active hand use in infants
  • Produce reliable scores according to the criteria in the manual
  • Understand the constructs upon which the HAI is based and describe early psychometric evidence
  • Interpret and communicate outcomes from the testing procedures

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