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Ad-AHA Stroke Course

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This course is for clinicians working with adolescents and/or adults who have an acquired hemiparesis and require upper limb assessment and intervention as part of their therapy and rehabilitation.

For Cerebral Palsy Alliance Employees

  • Attendance at this course is through an internal EOI process.  Please do not register online.  For more information please contact Consultant, Occupational Therapy.






About the course:

The Ad-AHA Stroke course provides a new perspective on evaluating hand function in adults or adolescents who have an acquired hemiparesis. It is a further development of the Assisting Hand Assessment (AHA), which has been successfully used in children with unilateral cerebral palsy for about 10 years. The Ad-AHA Stroke measures and describes the effectiveness with which a person with hemiparesis makes use of his/her affected hand (assisting hand) during bimanual activity performance. The Ad-AHA Stroke is scored from observation of a 10-15 minutes video recorded semi-structured activity requiring bimanual use. It is then scored on observable performance skills described by nineteen items graded on a four-point rating scale. Ad-AHA Stroke is a standardized test intended for people with hemiparesis after acquired brain injury from teenage years to older adults. 

The Ad-AHA Stroke was developed in several steps; (i) establishing the content of the tasks in the test situation from which bimanual performance can be observed and rated, (ii) constructing a research version of test items and scoring criteria, (iii) pilot testing of the research version of the scale to establish face validity and concurrent validity with other tests and (iv) evaluation of internal scale validity by use of Rasch measurement model analysis. The Rasch analysis resulted in a final scale demonstrating a unidimensional construct and high potential for sensitivity to measure change (manuscript in preparation). The Rasch-derived item difficulty information can be used to target interventions promoting functional hand use.  

Learning outcomes:

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

Demonstrate the setup, conduct and video record an Ad-Assisting Hand Assessment session and produce reliable scores according to the criteria in the manual
Verbalize the concept and construct of the test and its psychometric properties
Interpret and communicate the outcome of the test.

Does the program have any prerequisites?

There is some pre-reading of journal articles that will be distributed to participants before the course.

Course completion requires:

The course teaches the Ad-AHA Stroke Version 1.0. It is conducted in two steps. First, a 2½-day training course is completed including information about the test construct, testing procedure and scoring practice on a range of patients from videos. A manual with detailed scoring criteria and a computer based scoring form is provided during the course. To achieve certification, the participant completes six calibration cases where individual feedback is provided. Some of these are from videos distributed at the course, and some involve self-produced Ad-AHA Stroke sessions. Test equipment can be gathered by participants following instructions in the manual.

What is the cost?

Cost:  $990 (including GST)  includes the course workshop and full accreditation following the course.

How long is the course? 

Duration: 2 ½  day face to face course 

6 Sep 2018, 9.00am to 5.00pm

7 Sep 2018, 9.00am to 5.00pm

8 Sep 2018, 9.00am to 1.00pm

Venue: Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Allambie Heights Campus  

Presenter Information:

Lena Krumlinde-Sundholm (Reg OT, PhD, and Associate Professor) is an Occupational Therapist and a senior researcher at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. 

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Course Dates

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Start DateLocationCost
Thu 06 Sep 2018 at 9:00AM 3 classes Allambie (CPA employees exempt) $990.00 Register