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Mini assisting hand assessment (mini AHA)

Is this course suitable for you or your organisation?

This course is available for: 

  • Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA) employees including occupational therapists and physiotherapists, using the expression of interest process. 
  • Occupational therapists and/or physiotherapists from other organisations.

Why choose this course?

The mini-assisting hand (Mini-AHA) assessment was developed for young children with unilateral cerebral palsy (CP) aged 8-18 months. Like the Assisting Hand Assessment (AHA), the Mini-AHA involves a video-recorded play session using carefully selected toys that provoke bimanual hand use. Twenty object related actions of the affected hand are then scored on a 4 point rating scale. 
The course teaches the reliable use of the Mini-AHA assessment (Version 1.3) in two steps.  The first step involves a two day workshop where participants will learn about the constructs underlying the Mini-AHA, test procedures including the play session and test items, and practice test scoring. A Mini-AHA manual with detailed scoring criteria and a computer based scoring form will be provided. Following the course, participants will be able to create their own test kit according to instructions given during the course. Feedback on the selected toys will be provided during the certification procedure. Certification involves participants achieving satisfactory scoring of test cases; some of which are provided by videos, and two from self-produced Mini-AHA play sessions.

What content does the program cover?

Course objectives:
On completion of the course participants will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate how to select appropriate toys for a Mini-AHA play session 
  • Demonstrate the set-up and video-recording of the session and how toys are used to provoke bimanual play in young children 
  • Produce reliable scores according to the criteria in the manual 
  • Understand the constructs upon which the Mini-AHA is based and describe early psychometric evidence 
  • Interpret and communicate outcomes from the testing procedures 
  • Use the outcome to guide intervention 

Course tutors

Dr Susan Greaves, PhD is the Manager, Occupational Therapy and researcher at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Sue has had many years of experience from working in paediatrics, predominantly with children with cerebral palsy. Her PhD project involved the development of the Mini-AHA. 

Danni Centorame is an Occupational Therapist at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne as an interventionist in the REACH study for very young children with unilateral CP, as well as working in private practice. Danni has extensive experience using the Mini-AHA in a research and clinical practice context. 

What is the cost?

$650.00 incl. GST for individuals 
Registration includes a course manual, access to electronic copies of course material and references, and the certification process/feedback.  

How long is the course?

 The course will be delivered over 3 short days virtually, via Zoom. The dates are Thursday 22nd April, Friday 23rd April, and Saturday 24th April. The time each day will be 8am – 1pm.


Virtual (Zoom)

Where can I get more information?

Contact: Jane Berry, Consultant for Occupational Therapy 
Email: jberry@cerebralpalsy.org.au 

or Training Alliance
Phone: +61 2 9975 8715
Cancellation conditions apply

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Course Dates

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Start DateLocationCost
Thu 22 Apr 2021 at 8:00AM 3 classes Virtual Learning (approved CPA employees exempt) $650.00 Register