Assessment of Motor Process Skills
The Assessment of Motor Process Skills (AMPS) is a standardized observational assessment widely used by occupational therapists to measure the quality of performance in activities of daily living (ADL) of persons across the age spectrum beginning at 2 years. Specifically, the AMPS tests functions that relate to purposeful, goal-oriented daily life tasks that a person wants, needs, and is expected to perform; it does not evaluate neuromuscular, biomechanical, cognitive, and psychosocial impairments (Fisher and Jones 2011). The current version of the assessment contains 110 calibrated ADL tasks that permit evaluation of 36 skills (16 motor, 20 process); AMPS-trained raters must observe two or more specific tasks in 10–20 min increments.
A multi-perspective approach is used to rate each task by observing various motor and process skills in terms of physical effort, efficiency, safety, and independence. The 16 motor skills reflect ability to use body positions,...
References and Readings
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