Assess children’s ability to care for themselves
The REAL™ (The Roll Evaluation of Activities of Life) offers a useful screening instrument to help you assess children’s ability to care for themselves at home, at school, and in the community. This standardised rating scale provides you with information on the activities of daily living (ADLs) and independent activities of daily living (IADLs) most common among children ages 2:0–18:11.
The REAL may be used as a screening tool by occupational therapists, psychologists, mental health, medical and education professionals in a variety of settings, such as outpatient hospitals/clinics, mental health facilities, and educational settings. This assessment helps you to:
- Determine the need for skilled and supportive services – Presents standardised scores that quantify a child’s ability level and highlight the individual’s deficits and strengths in functional ability. The assessment results help you determine services that are needed and level of care.
- Develop Individual Educational Plans and choose intervention services – Can be administered to help you identify children with additional needs during a school’s early intervention screening process, evaluate children with special educational needs who transfer from different local authorities, or assist with developing transition plans.
- Make decisions on placement and living arrangements – Yields valuable information to help professionals and caregivers determine appropriate placement and living arrangements for children with special needs so that they can reach their highest level of independence and best quality of life.
- Evaluate programs – Offers you a useful measurement of participants’ abilities prior to and after a program and can highlight program areas that have been successful and program areas that require improvement.
- Conduct research – Provides you with valid, reliable data and standardised scoring information to support assessment of children ages 2:0–18:11 for research projects on child development and skill attainment