Through research and testing, we have identified 6 assessment tools. We’ve called this the assessment toolkit.

These assessment tools will help NDIA gather the information needed on each person’s function in a range of different activities and routines.

The assessment tools used will depend on the person’s age, not on their diagnosis.. 

The below shows at what ages each of the tools might be used. 

Suite of assessment tools

Under 7 years

  • Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ-3) OR Ages & Stages Questionnaire -Talking About Raising Aboriginal Kids (ASQ-TRAK)*
  • Pediatric Evaluation of Disability- Computer Adaptive Testing (PEDI-CAT) (Speedy) OR PEDI-CAT ASD (Speedy)
  • Vineland-3 Comprehensive (Interview Form)
  • Young Children’s Participation and Environment Measure (YC-PEM) for children under 6 years
  • Participation and Environment Measure - Children and Youth (PEM-CY) for children 5+ years.

7 – 17 years 

  • Pediatric Evaluation of Disability- Computer Adaptive Testing  (PEDICAT) or PEDICAT ASD (Speedy versions)
  • Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Scales 3rd Edition- (Domain version)
  • Participant and Environment Measures for Children and Youth (PEM-CY)
  • Participant Information
  • Participant Interaction.

18+ years

  • World Health Organisation Disability Assessment Schedule (WHODAS) 2.0 36
  • Lower Extremity Function Scale (where applicable – depending on response in participant information section)
  • Vineland 3 (Domain version)
  • Craig Hospital Inventory of Environmental Factors (CHIEF)
  • Participant Information
  • Participant Interaction.

We have also provided an explanation of what each of the assessment tools is used for below. 

It’s important to remember the toolkit is a live resource, and we may add new assessment tools to make sure the toolkit is up-to-date and useful. Any changes to the toolkit will be evidence-based, in line with the WHO ICF and meet the requirements of the Framework. 

We also acknowledge some of the language within a number of assessment tools, doesn’t align to person centred and empowering language, and will raise these concerns with the organisations who oversee the management of these tools.

Overview of Assessment Tools

Vineland 3

Vineland 3 is a standardised assessment tool that measures adaptive behaviour. 

The tool measures the personal and social skills needed for everyday living, including Communication, Daily Living Skills, Motor Skills (9 years and under) and Socialisation.

It is a semi-structured interview format which focuses on discussion and gathers in-depth information.

Participation and Environment Measure- for Children and Youth (PEM-CY)

The PEM-CY is a questionnaire that evaluates participation in the home, at school, and in the community, alongside environmental factors within each of these settings. 

The PEM-CY allows parents and service providers to understand more about a child/youth’s current level of participation, while encouraging problem solving strategies around changeable elements within each setting to better support further participation.

The PEM-CY can be used for children and youth between the ages of 5 to 17 years old, with or without disabilities.

Paediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory Computer Adaptive Test (2 of 4 available versions used: PEDI-CAT speedy - original and ASD versions)

The PEDI-CAT measures abilities in four domains: Daily Activities, Mobility, Social/Cognitive and Responsibility using a questionnaire answered by the parent/carer.

The PEDI-CAT is designed for use with children and youth with a variety of conditions. The ASD version has been designed for use for children with an ASD diagnosis.

Lower Extremity Function Scale (LEFS)

The LEFS can be used to evaluate lower limb functioning. 

LEFS is a questionnaire containing 20 questions about a person’s difficulty with performing everyday tasks. 

Craig Hospital Inventory of Environmental Factors (CHIEF)

The CHIEF includes 25 questions which rate the environmental barriers for an adult when participating in an environment (e.g. home, work, community). It considers the following environmental areas:

  • attitude and support
  • service and assistance
  • physical and structural 
  • policy
  • work and school.

WHO-DAS 2 (36q)

WHODAS 2.0 is a generic assessment instrument for health and disability applicable across cultures, in all adult populations. 

It is directly linked to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) 

Used across all disabilities, it is short, simple and easy to administer.

This page current as of
27 November 2020
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