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Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory Computer Adaptive Test

(PEDI-CAT)

The PEDI-CAT is a computer adaptive questionnaire which measures Daily Activities, Mobility, Social/Cognitive, and Responsibility. It’s designed for use with children and youth with a variety of physical and/or behavioral conditions.

Age range:

Birth to 20

Publication date:

Spring 2020

Qualification level:

B

Completion time:

15 minutes

Administration:

Q-global

Scores/Interpretation:

Normative standard scores (provided as age percentiles and T scores) and  Scaled Scores; available for 21 age groups (intervals of one year)

Norms:

US Nationally representative sample of 2,205. Additional clinical validation sample of 703 children with disabilities 

Other languages:

Spanish

Product Details

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The PEDI-CAT measures abilities in four domains:

  • Daily Activities
  • Mobility
  • Social/Cognitive
  • Responsibility - measures the extent to which the caregiver or child takes responsibility for managing complex, multi-step life tasks.

Response Scales

  • For the three Functional Skills domains of Daily Activities, Mobility, and Social/Cognitive, children's ability is rated on a 4 point Difficulty Scale with responses ranging from "Unable" to "Easy."
  • The Responsibility domain has its own 5 point Responsibility Scale with responses ranging from 'Adult/caregiver has full responsibility; the child does not take any responsibility' to 'Child takes full responsibility without any direction, supervision or guidance from an adult/caregiver'.
  • Unique Item Maps represent a reasonable, sequential pattern of functional skills consistent with children's development and recovery of function and transfer of responsibility from adult to child throughout childhood and young adulthood.

Applications:

  • Identification of functional delay
  • Examination of improvement for an individual child after intervention
  • Evaluation and monitoring of group progress in program evaluation and research
  • Can be used on multiple occasions for the same child (e.g. initial, interim, discharge and follow-up) and there is no minimum time that must pass between assessments

Features:

  • Two Versions: Speedy and Content-Balanced
  • New for 2020! - New Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Module
    • a module of the PEDI-CAT that has been validated for the population of children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). This module includes additional directions to help respondents select an appropriate rating given the unique characteristics of children with autism. This module also includes new or revised items in the Daily Activities, Social/Cognitive, and Responsibility domains. In addition, scaling of items on the Social/Cognitive domain has been adjusted according to the unique patterns of children and youth with autism
  • Age, gender and mobility device filters prevent irrelevant items from being presented
  • Items are worded using everyday language and clear examples
  • Illustrations of Daily Activities and Mobility items included to facilitate understanding of item intent  

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