Course ‘School Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (School AMPS )’, 5 days course
The School version of the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (School AMPS) was developed for occupational therapists to measure the quality of a student’s schoolwork task performance in a classroom. The School AMPS was developed in the United States but because of the international involvement of occupational therapists in the standardization process, it quickly became an assessment that can be used reliably in every culture. The structure and procedure of the School AMPS is very similar to the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS).
In addition to acquiring knowledge, there are three areas of action that are partly responsible for the successful completion of education.
- First: Expressing what is learned, the so-called expression of the scholar. This is expressed by writing, working with a computer, cutting, pasting, etc.
- Second: Self-care and mobility like washing hands, moving in class to get a sheet of paper, etc.
- Third: Participate in the daily habits and routines of the class and the student. One should think about wiping a board, cleaning up the office desk, handing in assignments on time, etc.
The main responsibility of the teacher is acquiring knowledge. The occupational therapist focuses on those tasks, conditions or circumstances that prevent or hinder the student’s performance in the three areas of action.
An occupational therapist should add value for the successful completion of the school program.
When can you apply the School AMPS?
The occupational therapist observes the student’s schoolwork task performance in the student’s own classroom while the student performs an assignment with other children. The teacher determines which assignment and how it should be performed. This can be in regular education or in special education.
Which tasks does the School AMPS include?
There are 5 categories with a total of 25 tasks developed for the School AMPS: writing, drawing and coloring, cutting and pasting, computer tasks and manipulation tasks. The tasks are at the level of nursery class until the end of elementary school age.
Method of the School AMPS:
The occupational therapist has an interview with the teacher of the student in which the aim of the School AMPS and methodology is explained globally. The teacher indicates what kind of problems the child has in performing school work. The occupational therapist and teacher determine which 2 or 3 tasks are suitable for observing. The chosen tasks are tasks that are normally performed by students in that class. Class rhythm is usually not disturbed. The occupational therapist observes the student in his or her typical classroom environment. The child whose schoolwork performance is being assessed may or not be aware of the observation. After the observation, the occupational therapist completes the scoring of 16 schoolwork motor and 20 schoolwork process skills and then enters these raw scores into the computer. The software program uses Rasch-analysis to analyze the data and generates a School AMPS Results Report. The results are recorded in three reports, of which the most important report is the School AMPS Results Report. The information is discussed with the teacher and, if desired, with the parents.
The School AMPS does not measure?
The School AMPS is not developed to assess the underlying functions such as cognition, neuromuscular, biomechanical or psycho-social constraints.
School AMPS Course
The course will be lectured by two foreign teachers who are connected to the office in the USA: Center for Innovative OT solutions. The backgrounds and application of the School AMPS will be discussed in detail. With the help of casualties on DVD, observing will be intensively practiced. After completing the course, the occupational therapist must observe 10 children at their school within 3 months and submit this information online for analysis to the Research Center in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. If the analysis shows that the occupational therapist’s scores are reliable, an individualized calibration code is awarded and the occupational therapist can use the OTAP computer program as a whole. Understanding and reading English is necessary to be able to follow the course. A part of the course material has been translated into Dutch.
Course date and location:
10 to 14 September 2018 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm at Ergotherapie Nederland, Orteliuslaan 750 te Utrecht. (Registration closes: 20 August 2017)
Accreditation is requested.
Costs of this course:
Member of EN: € 1295,-
If not: € 1495,-
These prices are including tax, catering on course-days, English manual, Dutch manual, OTAP software -> license of 3 years and calibration after 3 months.
Participants recieve a certification after concluding the course.
De cursus conditions can be downloaded here.