Assisting Hand Assessment – Geelong 2019

AUD $920.00 excluding 10% GST


Event Date:
Start: October 25, 2019 ,
End: October 26, 2019 ,

Event Location:
Deakin University Waterfront Campus,
Geelong VIC, Australia



The Assisting Hand Assessment (AHA) is a Rasch-based instrument that measures and describes the effectiveness with which a child who has unilateral disability makes use of their affected hand (assisting hand) during bimanual activities. The AHA is a standardised criterion-referenced test that is valid, reliable and sensitive to change. The test is intended for children with unilateral cerebral palsy and brachial plexus injuries aged between 18 months and 18 years.

The course covers reliable administration of the AHA assessment, version 5.0 and is organised in two phases. First, a 2-day training course includes 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. The second part of the certification process occurs after the workshop. To achieve certification, the participant is to complete ten calibration cases and achieve satisfactory results. Some of these are from standardised videos (7), and some self-produced AHA play sessions (3). Each course participant will receive individual detailed feedback. This whole procedure should be completed within three months and leads to rater certification.

To be able to perform the self-produced AHA assessment, you will need access to an AHA test kit and at least 3 children with unilateral upper limb impairment. The AHA test kit for children between 18 months and 12 years with specific toys, and/or the new board game for teenagers can be ordered from Handfast Inc, at the course or later during the certification procedure at a cost of approximately £320 and/or £100 respectively (dependent of the currency conversion) + shipping costs.

For further details about the AHA please visit the website at:


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

1. Demonstrate the setup, conduct and video record an Assisting Hand Assessment session.
2. Produce reliable scores according to the criteria in the manual (AHA Version 5.0)
3. Verbalize the concept and construct of the test and its psychometric properties.
4. Interpret and communicate the outcome of the test.


Ass/Prof Brian Hoare (OT, CPteaching, Melbourne), Jane Berry (OT, Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Sydney)


Physical and Occupational Therapists




For more information about course content or if you have any questions about booking a place on this course, please contact

REGISTRATION CLOSING DATE: Friday 23rd August 2019

Deakin University Waterfront Campus,
Geelong VIC, Australia


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