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Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy

Print version ISSN 1413-3555On-line version ISSN 1809-9246

Abstract

CACOLA, Priscila M.; GABBARD, Carl; MONTEBELO, Maria I. L.  and  SANTOS, Denise C. C.. The new affordances in the home environment for motor development - infant scale (AHEMD-IS): Versions in English and Portuguese languages. Braz. J. Phys. Ther. [online]. 2015, vol.19, n.6, pp.507-525.  Epub Sep 01, 2015. ISSN 1809-9246.  https://doi.org/10.1590/bjpt-rbf.2014.0112.

The home environment has been established as a crucial factor for motor development, especially in infants. Exploring the home environment can have significant implications for intervention, as it is common practice in physical therapy to have professionals advise patients on home activities. Since 2010, our group has been working on the development of the Affordances in the Home Environment for Motor Development - Infant Scale (AHEMD-IS), a parental self-reporting instrument designed to assess the quality and quantity of factors (affordances) in the home environment. In Brazil, the instrument has been translated as "Affordances no Ambiente Domiciliar para o Desenvolvimento Motor - Escala Bebê", and it has been extensively used in several studies that address infant development. These studies in Brazil and other parts of the world highly recommended the need for a normative sample and standardized scoring system. A description of the study that addressed that need, along with the English version of the questionnaire and score sheets, was recently published in the well-known and respected journal Physical Therapy. Our intent with the present short communication is to notify Brazilian investigators and clinicians of this latest update so they can download the new instrument, as well as present the Brazilian (Portuguese) version of the AHEMD-IS along with its scoring system.

Keywords : affordances; motor development; infants; home.

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