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Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory Computer Adaptive Test


The PEDI-CAT is a computer adaptive caregiver report 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. Guidance on using this test in your telepractice.

Age range:

Birth to 20

Publication date:

Spring 2020

Qualification level:


Completion time:

10-20 minutes




Normative standard scores (provided as age percentiles and T scores) and  Scaled Scores


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

Other languages:

US Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, French-Canadian, German, Italian, Norwegian, and Swedish


Guidance on using this test in your telepractice

Pricing & Ordering

International Customers: PEDI-CAT is available from the following international Clinical Assessment offices: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom. Please note that the Brazilian Portugues and Italian versions can be purchased via our United States and United Kingdom offices, respectively. Please visit your local Pearson Clinical Assessments site


  • PEDI-CAT Administration and Report


    Includes access to the PEDI-CAT Development, Standardization, and Administration Manual

    Pricing and Qualification

    Price: $2.00

    Qualification Level B

    Tiered pricing discounts
    Quantity Price each
    1-49 $2.00
    50-99 $1.90
    100-249 $1.80
    250+ $1.70


    In stock

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.


  • 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
  • Scaled scores can be used for out-of-age (criterion referenced) assessment


  • 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  

Sample Report



Find out how to use this test in your telepractice.

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Components and Pricing

Are you charged twice if you generate the same report more than once?

No, you are only charged once per report

Is there a possibility to purchase unlimited use per agency?

We don't have an unlimited use subscription. We do have tiered pricing for higher volume purchases.

When purchasing administrations, does it allow access to all versions (different languages/ASD)? 


Are you charged for each portion of the assessment used, or one fee for the entire assessment? 

One fee for the entire assessment regardless of whether you complete the Speedy-Cat or Content-Balanced version, and regardless of how many domains you choose to complete. 

Can different disciplines complete individual portions of the assessment?  

The assessment is a caregiver report, so it is possible to request a parent/caregiver to complete it once, and each clinician reviews one or more domains in their area of expertise.

It is possible to start an administration and pause it for the next clinician to complete their section. It would need to be scored as one administration to prevent being charged more than once.  

Is PEDI-CAT available on the Digital Assessment Library? 

Yes PEDI-CAT is available on the Digital Assessment Library.  

Do purchases usages expire? 

No, they remain in your Q-global account for as long as your account is active. 


Is there any way we can look at more of the items?

If you have a Q-global account, the manual can be reviewed in the Q-global resource library for PEDI-CAT; all content is included in the manual.

If a child doesn't use a mobility aid or wheelchair, do you mark unable or just not score that item?

Prior to the item administration, a demographic profile is completed which asks if the child uses a walking device and/or wheelchair. Only items that match the child's profile will be presented.

What if a family says the child has never tried a certain task, or an item is inappropriate? 

There is an "I Don't Know" option (for Daily Activities, Mobility and Social/Cognitive domains). Items answered with "I Don't Know" are not scored and another item will be administered. 

Who can complete the PEDI-CAT?  

The PEDI-CAT can be completed by parent/caregiver report or professional judgment of clinicians or educators who are familiar with the child's typical performance.  

How does it affect the score or validity if too many "I don't Know" are checked? 

Each "I don't know" response removes an item as deemed appropriate for use by the software and another item is used in its place. Respondents should keep in mind that if a child does not do an activity because it is too hard, then the response should be "Unable"; the "I don't know" response should only be selected if the respondent has not observed a child performing the activity.  

Does the PEDI-CAT contain items to assess functioning in the school system 

Items do not specify "school" but many of the activities can be responded to by school personnel. 

Is PEDI-CAT available as a self-report measure? 

The PEDI-CAT can be administered by professional judgment of clinicians who are familiar with the child or by parent/caregiver report but has not yet been validated as a self-report measure for children and young people. 

Digital Administration and Scoring

Is it possible to access PEDI-CAT from different locations for the same student / client?

Yes, PEDI-CAT on Q-global is available from any internet enabled device

What security arrangements are in place to protect examinee data?

Q-Global is used in healthcare/education/clinics worldwide. Further information is available here.

How does PEDI-CAT work if you have unreliable internet?  

The assessment can be completed on any internet enabled device (including smartphones, tablets etc). The responses are automatically saved throughout administration. If a connection drops, then you can re-enter the assessment where you left off. 

Is PEDI-CAT available for non-internet-based access?  

PEDI-CAT on Q-global is only available for internet-based administration. 



The following training events are available for PEDI-CAT.