Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
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Kohlman Evaluation of Living Skills

  • Kelli Williams GaryEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_1841

Synonyms

KELS

Description

The Kohlman Evaluation of Living Skills (KELS) is an interview and task performance test initially developed for adolescents and adults in short-term psychiatric settings (Kohlman Thomson 1992). Later, the KELS was used with the geriatric population as well as persons with mental retardation, brain injury, and other cognitive impairment (Burnett et al. 2009; Brown et al. 1996). It is designed to be a rapidly and easily administered standardized tool to evaluate both basic and instrumental activities of daily living (ADLs). This assessment is germane to the field of occupational therapy because a primary goal of therapists who work in adult rehabilitation is to evaluate and improve those basic and higher level skills that are essential for independent living. The KELS assesses 17 living skills grouped into five major categories of self-care, safety and health, money management, community mobility and telephone, and employment and leisure participation (Kohlman...

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References and Readings

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Occupational TherapyVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA