Administrations and Versions

Administration of PEDI-CAT

The PEDI-CAT does not require any special environment, materials or activities for administration. The PEDI-CAT can be completed directly by the child’s caregiver(s) or by the child's therapist/clinician. The assessment focuses on typical performance at the present time.

The PEDI-CAT can be used on multiple occasions for the same child (e.g. initial, interim, discharge and follow-up) and there is no minimum time that must pass between assessments.

A review of the PEDI-CAT Manual is recommended prior to administration for professionals to familiarize themselves with the administration procedures, instrument content, item intent, response scales and score interpretation.

The PEDI-CAT can be used on a computer or on an iPad. See Ordering for details.  At the present time, the PEDI-CAT is not internet-based.

Versions of PEDI-CAT

1) Speedy ("Precision") CAT: This is the most efficient CAT as it is the quickest way to get a score estimate that is precise while administering 10-15 items per domain. The score report for the Speedy CAT includes a T-score, age percentile, a scaled score,  a list of the responses to all PEDI-CAT items and an item map showing the location of the responses for that domain.

2) Content-Balanced ("Comprehensive") CAT: Approximately 30 items per domain are administered which include a balance of items from each of the content areas within each domain. The score report for the Content-Balanced CAT includes a normative score, a scaled score, and an item map showing the location of the responses for that domain.  The Content-Balanced is most useful for individual program planning for children who have functional abilities ranging in the middle to higher end of the scale.

PEDI-CAT ASD is being readied for release

PEDI-CAT (ASD) is a module of the PEDI-CAT that has been validated for the population of children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  This module includes additional directions to help parents select an appropriate rating given the unique characteristics of children with autism.  In addition, the scores in the Social/Cognitive domain are based on the unique patterns of children and youth with autism, but are expressed on the same metric as the original PEDI-CAT.  Therefore, this score is equivalent to scores generated using the PEDI-CAT and can be compared to scores from other populations of children with disabilities.  The PEDI-CAT (ASD) Daily Activities, Mobility, and Responsibility domain scores are exactly the same as the PEDI-CAT.

Senior Authors

STEPHEN M. HALEY, PHD, PT, FAPTA
WENDY J. COSTER, PHD, OTR/L, FAOTA
HELENE M. DUMAS, PT, DPT, MS
MARIA A. FRAGALA-PINKHAM, PT, DPT, MS
RICHARD MOED, MPA

Contributing Authors

JESSICA KRAMER, PHD, OTR/L
PENGSHENG NI, MD
YING-CHIA KAO, MA, OT
TIAN FENG, MS
LARRY H. LUDLOW, PHD

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