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Phys Occup Ther Pediatr. 2012 Aug;32(3):272-87. doi: 10.3109/01942638.2012.662584. Epub 2012 Mar 5.

The assessment of preschool children's participation: internal consistency and construct validity.

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CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research and School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.


Participation in activities provides the means for young children to learn, play, develop skills, and develop a sense of personal identity. The Assessment of Preschool Children's Participation (APCP) is a newly developed measure to capture the participation of children aged 2 to 5 years and 11 months in the areas of play, skill development, active physical recreation, and social activities. Data from a clinical trial involving 120 children with cerebral palsy indicated that the APCP has moderate to very good internal consistency. The measure distinguishes between children below or above 4 years of age across levels of the Gross Motor Classification System, and between income levels below or above the median regional income range. The APCP, with a focus on preschool children, has potential use for assessment and identification of activity areas in which the child is participating and areas in which participation may be restricted.

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