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CPA Assistive Tech newsletter – CogTEST Study

It is estimated that approximately 1 in 2 children with cerebral palsy have an intellectual impairment, yet less than 1 in 3 have ever undertaken cognitive assessment. Standard assessment tools require manual manipulation, verbal responses, and/or are timed. As such, children with fine motor and speech impairment are unable to complete the tasks as precisely or efficiently as their typically developing peers, leading to an under estimation of abilities.

The aim of this project is to examine the psychometric properties of standardised cognitive assessment tools when modified for use with assistive technologies (switch and eye-gaze control technology). This project holds the potential to, for the first time, enable equal access to accurate cognitive assessments, which is not only a basic human right, but is essential to recognise a child’s strengths in the classroom and to enable them to reach their full potential.

Recruitment, of typically developing children and children with cerebral palsy, aged 5-15 years, will commence at the end of 2022, if you know anyone who would be interested in participating, please contact the Chief investigator Dr. Petra Karlsson pkarlsson@cerebralpalsy.org.au