R. Bertie Gatlin, PT, DSCPT

Course Description:

 Discussion of pediatric measurement tools including testing tools, standardized testing tools and outcome measures utilized in the pediatric population.  This course will review currently used normed and criterion referenced testing tools and the administration, application, methods, reliability, validity, and standardization of these tools.  Discussion and decision making about selection of testing tools and appropriateness for pediatric case scenarios will be provided.  A two-hour virtual session will be provided post didactic session to reinforce skills in the administration and interpretation of designated pediatric physical therapy tests.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss the following testing instruments:
      1. Neonatal Infant Pain Scale (NIPS)
      2. Neonatal Pain Assessment Scale (NPAS)
      3. Face, Legs, Activity, Cry, Consolability Pain Scale (FLACC)
      4. Wong-Baker FACES Pain Rating Scale
      5. Peabody Developmental Motor Scale-2 (PDMS-2)
      6. Alberta Infant Motor Scale (AIMS)
      7. Pediatric Evaluative of Disability Inventory (PEDI)
      8. School Function Assessment (SFA)
      9. Bruininks Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency-2 (BOT-2)
      10. Hawaii Early Learning Profile (HELP)
      11. Movement Battery for Children-2nd ed (MABC)
  1. Discuss the following special testing instruments:
      1. Gross Motor Function Measure (GMFM)
      2. Test of Infant Motor Performance (TIMP)
      3. Hammersmith Infant Neurological Evaluation (HINE)
      4. Dynamic Gait Index (DGI)
      5. Pediatric Reach Test (PRT)
      6. Pediatric Balance Scale (Pediatric BERG)
      7. Pediatric Clinical Test of Sensory Interaction for Balance (P-CTSIB)
      8. Timed up and Go (TUG)
      9. Timed up and down stairs (TUDS)
      10. 6 Minute Walk Test
  2. Identify the advantages and limitations of each of the testing instruments
  3. Select the appropriate evaluation tool for selected child given preliminary medical information
  4. Demonstrate ability to perform selected evaluation procedures
  5. Identify the components of an adequate assessment of neuromotor or sensory integrative of functional abilities
  6. Discuss the differences between criterion referenced and norm referenced tests
  7. Identify the difference in types of test reliability and validity and explain the importance of a test being reliable and valid
  8. Compare and contrast various test instruments and identify the most appropriate for a given situation


Course Preparation: Review and bring questions regarding current T & M you currently use in your practice, which tools do you want more information about, what challenges do you have implementing these T&M’s

Course Education Level: Intermediate

Contact Hours:

This course has been approved for 9.5 contact hours by the following boards:

  • Florida Physical Therapy Association
  • Florida Board of Occupational Therapy

This course has been approved for 8 contact hours by the following boards:

  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Clinic Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling

Continuing Education credit for each participant who meets the satisfactory course completion requirements (licensed in FL) will be automatically uploaded to CE Broker, which means the Florida Boards will have record of your attendance, even if you do not have your own personal CE Broker account. Course certificates will be provided at the completion of the course for those that meet the course completion requirements. Certificates will be mailed for courses that include a post-course test

Intended Audience:

The information presented in this course is clinically relevant for Physical Therapists (PT/PTA), Occupational Therapists (OT/OTA), Case Management, Social Workers, Registered Nurses and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners.

Disclaimer: Registrations from individuals with clinical designations not listed in the intended audience for this course may be subject to removal from the course roster without a full refund. See Brooks IHL Course Policies and Procedures for details at If you are unsure or have questions related to the intended audience, please email and we will be happy to help clarify!