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Clin Pediatr (Phila). 1994 Jul;33(7):431-8.

WeeFIM. Normative sample of an instrument for tracking functional independence in children.

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Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, SUNY at Buffalo.


A cross-sectional community sample of 417 children, ages 6 months to 8 years without developmental delays or in developmental programs, was seen. The Functional Independence Measure for Children (WeeFIM) was used to assess independence in self-care, sphincter control, transfers, locomotion, communication, and social cognition. Mean total WeeFIM was similar for males and females. There was a significant correlation between the age of the child in months and total WeeFIM scores for children ages 2 to 5 years (n = 222, r = .80, P < .01). There was a progressive increase of functional independence with increasing chronological age across all WeeFIM domains. We conclude that the WeeFIM is a useful instrument for measuring disability in children.

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