Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Allen Cognitive Levels

Occupational therapists evaluate patients with memory loss to determine what cognitive level they are functioning at. This helps in planning the patient's level of support and what settings his needs can best be met. The Allen Cognitive Levels Screen is commonly used to do this. The screen consists of learning three visual-motor tasks (leather-lacing stitches) with increasingly complex activity demands. Completion of the three tasks requires that the person attend to, understand, and use sensory and motor cues from the material objects (leather, lace, and needles), the administrator’s verbal and demonstrated instructions and cues, and feedback from motor actions while making the stitches.

The occupational therapy students in the following video will give you an idea of how the screening is performed.

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