The Carter Neurocognitive Assessment for children with severely compromised expressive language and motor skills

Title

The Carter Neurocognitive Assessment for children with severely compromised expressive language and motor skills

Creator

Leevers HJ; Roesler CP; Flax J; Benasich AA

Publisher

Journal Of Child Psychology And Psychiatry, And Allied Disciplines

Date

2005

Subject

Child; Female; Humans; Male; Severity of Illness Index; Observer Variation; Preschool; infant; Children W/SNI; Social Perception; Neuropsychological Tests; Brain/physiopathology; Attention; Cognition Disorders/diagnosis/epidemiology/physiopathology; Functional Laterality/physiology; Language Disorders/diagnosis/epidemiology; Motor Skills Disorders/diagnosis/epidemiology; Visual Perception

Description

In this paper, different means of assessing cognitive development in children with severe impairments in both their expressive language and their motor skills are reviewed. A range of techniques are considered, including traditional cognitive tests and behavioral and physiological measures, but these techniques are generally impractical and minimally informative when it comes to assessing children with both motor and speech impairments. Electrophysiological measures show some promise for the future, but are currently inadequate for wide-ranging cognitive assessment. Development of the Carter Neurocognitive Assessment (CNA) is described. The CNA is appropriate for use in clinical and research settings and was designed to minimalize the impact of severely impaired motor skills and expressive language on performance. The CNA is intended to itemize and quantify a range of skills reflecting a cognitive level up to approximately 18 to 24 months in four areas: Social Awareness, Visual Attention, Auditory Comprehension and Vocal Communication. The use of the CNA to assess the performance and developmental growth of eight children with Holoprosencephaly (HPE), a midline developmental brain malformation, is described. The CNA is a useful tool for the assessment of children with severely compromised motor and verbal skills and has provided a more positive view of the cognitive potential of children with severe handicaps, such as the sample of children with HPE, than that presented in the past.
2005

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

287-303

Issue

3

Volume

46

Citation

Leevers HJ; Roesler CP; Flax J; Benasich AA, “The Carter Neurocognitive Assessment for children with severely compromised expressive language and motor skills,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed January 18, 2022, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/13453.

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