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Cognition

From respiration to cognition


Since COVID-19 emerged in December 2019, scientists have been trying to fully understand how the virus affects those that it infects.
Originally it was believed that COVID only infected the respiratory track, leading to breathing difficulties and oxygen starvation in the host body. But within months new symptoms were added to this list including loss of taste and smell, two senses linked to brain function.
This raised the question of whether COVID was also impacting the brain.

 

Cognition and OT

 

Supporting your patient’s mobility and cognition 

 

Occupational therapists are providing vital rehabilitation support for those impacted by COVID, especially with many of those experiencing the long-term effects of this illness, including fatigue and/or cognitive impairment. 

Social isolation is another issue impacting many vulnerable or elderly people, who may have needed to distance themselves from their social activities and family. This can lead to the deterioration in physical ability and the feeling of loneliness, both issues that can lead to a decline in mental health*. 

So that you can continue to provide for your patient's needs, we have compiled a list of tools commonly used to support occupational therapy assessments: 

 

 

    ABAS-3 Manual

Provides a complete assessment of adaptive skills across the life span 

 

Age: Birth to 89 years 

Administration: Individual - 15 to 20 minutes 

 

 

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Predict everyday problems associated with the dysexecutive syndrome (disorders of planning, organisation, problem solving and attention) 

Age: 16 to 87 years 

Administration: Individual – 40 minutes 

 

 

 

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Evaluate global cognitive functioning in patients with dementia, mild learning disabilities, or suspected Alzheimer’s disease. 

Age: 16 years + 

Administration: Individual – 15 to 20 minutes 

 

  

 

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Assess visual-motor skills in children and adults that can lead to learning, neuropsychological and behaviour problems 

Age: 2 to 100 years 

Administration: Individual and group - Short and Full Format tests: 10–15 minutes each; Visual and Motor tests: 5 minutes each 

 

 

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An individually administered, standardised test of gross and fine motor skills for adults 40 and older, and is an adaptation of the trusted BOT™-2 

Age: 40 years + 

Administration: Short Form and Individual Subtests - 15 to 20 minutes; Complete Battery - 60 to 75 minutes

 

  

CLQT+ Kit

Quickly measure cognitive and linguistic strengths and weaknesses 

Age: 18 to 89 years 

Administration: 15 to 30 minutes 

 

 

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Measure the cognitive abilities of adults with neurological impairments 

Age: Adult 

Administration: Individual - less than 60 minutes 

 

  

 

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Brief, individually administered battery to assess neuropsychological status 

Age: 12 to 89 years 

Administration: Individual – 30 minutes 

 

 

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Predict everyday memory problems in people with acquired, non-progressive brain injury and monitor change over time 

Age: 16 to 89 years 

Administration: Individual – 30 minutes

 

 

       Rookwood manual

A battery of simple neuropsychological tests designed to assess basic cognitive functions essential for safe driving 

Age: Adult 

Administration: Individual – 30 to 40 minutes 

 

 

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Measure selective attention, sustained attention and attentional switching 

Age: 18 to 80 years 

Administration: Individual- 45 to 60 minutes 

 

 

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An ecologically valid, performance based measure of functional abilities with an emphasis on instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) skills 

Age: 16 to 90:11 years 

Administration: Individual – 15 minutes 

 

 

Vineland-3 Kitshot

The leading instrument for supporting the diagnosis of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Designed to meet any adaptive behaviour assessment need. 

Age: birth to 90 years 

Administration: Approximately 20 minutes for Interview Form; 10 minutes for Parent/Caregiver and Teacher Forms 

 

 

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