By Carolyn M. Baum, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, and Dorothy Edwards, PhD. Photography by Madelaine Gray, MA, MPA, OT, and Stephanie Cordel
Widely considered as one of the most practical and accurate measures of occupation, Activity Card Sort, 2nd Edition (ACS) is an easy-to-use assessment that allows clients to describe their instrumental, social, and leisure activities. The ACS contains 89 full-color photographs that show individuals performing various activities and 3 versions of the instrument: (1) institutional, (2) recovering, and (3) community living. The client separates the cards according to his or her level of participation in the activity and indicates whether that participation has recently changed. The ACS allows occupational therapy practitioners to help clients ages 60 and older to describe their instrumental, leisure, and social activities.
The ACS is the only assessment available that measures the full range of activities that adults do and includes 20 instrumental activities, 35 low-physical-demand leisure activities, 17 high-physical-demand leisure activities, and 17 social activities. It also reflects the client's level of engagement with each activity and whether or not that activity has been discontinued, guiding the clinician to find out why. Revisions include an updated introduction, new activities and cards, and a flash drive with sample forms and worksheets to print for use in the clinic or as an educational tool. The ACS also includes test description and methodology; administration and scoring directions; test development, validation, and reliability; and examples of test utility.
Clinicians in all types of rehabilitation settings can use the ACS. Clients can communicate their occupational history and give clinicians the important information they need to help build routines of meaningful and healthy activities.
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Test Description and Methodology
Chapter 3. Directions for Administration and Scoring
Chapter 4. Test Development, Validation, and Reliability
Chapter 5. Applications: Examples of Test Utility
Easy-to-use sample forms (available on flash drive)
978-1-56900-266-7, 23 pages, 104 cards, 2008