The Functional Independence Measure for Children (WeeFIM). Conceptual basis and pilot use in children with developmental disabilities.

Title

The Functional Independence Measure for Children (WeeFIM). Conceptual basis and pilot use in children with developmental disabilities.

Creator

Msall ME; DiGaudio K; Rogers BT; LaForest S; Catanzaro NL; Campbell J; Wilczenski F; Duffy LC

Publisher

Clinical Pediatrics

Date

1994

Subject

Child; Female; Humans; Male; Pilot Projects; Longitudinal Studies; Disability Evaluation; adolescent; Preschool; Adaptation; Psychological; infant; Neuropsychological Tests; Developmental Disabilities/diagnosis

Description

Few tools are available to pediatricians for tracking and monitoring disability status in children. We describe the conceptual basis and pilot use of the Functional Independence Measure for Children (WeeFIM). Our pilot use of this instrument in children with limb deficiency, Down's syndrome, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, and extreme prematurity demonstrates that the WeeFIM is a valid measure for tracking disability in preschool age and middle childhood. The WeeFIM measures the impact of developmental strengths and difficulties on independence at home, in school, and in the community. This allows the pediatrician to prioritize interventions for enhancing comprehensive functional outcomes and supporting families.
1994

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Citation

Msall ME; DiGaudio K; Rogers BT; LaForest S; Catanzaro NL; Campbell J; Wilczenski F; Duffy LC, “The Functional Independence Measure for Children (WeeFIM). Conceptual basis and pilot use in children with developmental disabilities.,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed May 17, 2024, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/11874.