AHA – The Assisting Hand Assessment Workshop at
the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital  




Lena Krumlinde-Sundholm, Reg OT, PhD, Associate Professor

Lena is a senior Occupational Therapist and a researcher at the Neuropediatric Unit, Department of Woman’s and Children’s Health, Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. She has dedicated both her clinical and research interests to the hand function, functional performance and participation in everyday tasks in children and adolescents with disabilities. Lena completed her PhD in 2002 and spent a post-doctoral period at CanChild in 2004.  She is the primary developer of the Assisting Hand Assessment.  Other notable accomplishments include participating in the development of the Manual Ability Classification System (MACS) and the Children's Hand-use Questionnaire (CHEQ).

Lisa V Wagner, DHS, OTR/L 

Lisa Wagner is a senior Occupational Therapist at Shriners Hospitals for Children-Greenville, South Carolina, USA.  She earned her Occupational Therapy degree at the Medical University of South Carolina and her Doctorate of Health Sciences at the University of Indianapolis. Dr. Wagner has been teaching the AHA since 2010.  She is a blinded rater of the AHA for various research projects. Dr. Wagner and colleagues developed the Shriners Hospitals Upper Extremity Evaluation (SHUEE), and the Selective Control of the Upper Extremity Scale (SCUES) for assessing children with Cerebral Palsy.  She and colleagues have developed the Unilateral Below Elbow Test of function (UBET) for children with below elbow limb deficiencies.  She considers it a great honor to teach this course with Dr. Krumlinde-Sundholm.


Course Description:  The Assisting Hand Assessment (AHA) is a well-established and frequently used evaluative tool to measure how effectively children with unilateral hand dysfunction actually use their involved hand collaboratively with their well-functioning hand to perform bimanual tasks . AHA is a standardized test intended for children with unilateral Cerebral Palsy or Brachial Plexus Palsy between the ages of 18 months and 18 years.  The certification course teaches the new AHA version 5.0 . A 2½-day training course will include information about the test construct, testing procedure and scoring practice on a range of children from videos. A manual and a computer based scoring form is provided. To achieve certification, the participant is to complete six additional cases will be studied on your own time following the course from videos provided on a web based e-learning platform, and some self-produced AHA play sessions and your results will be calibrated with the author. 

The AHA test kit can be ordered from Handfast Inc, at the course or later during the certification procedure.

The Refresher course is for already certified raters and will review what is new in the 5.0 version (new items and deleted items, new activities for teenagers). Psychometric properties of the AHA and how to use them to interpret results and guide treatments will be a focus. Rater’s will calibrate their scoring skills. Prepared questions is highly encouraged.


Course Objectives:  Upon completion of the AHA workshop, participants will be able to:

Demonstrate the set up, conduct and video record an Assisting Hand Assessment session and produce reliable scores according to the criteria in the manual. Verbalize the concept and construct of the test and its psychometric properties. Interpret and communicate the outcome of the test.


Course Schedule: 



Upper Extremity Best Practice Networking Session: As part of your registration in the AHA Workshop or AHA Refresher Course, you are invited to join us for a networking session on May 30th, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.


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