The Mini-Assisting Hand Assessment

September 27-28, 2019

A new version of the Assisting Hand Assessment (AHA) has been developed for young children with unilateral cerebral palsy (CP) aged 8-18 months called the Mini-Assisting Hand Assessment (Mini-AHA). Like the AHA, the Mini-AHA involves a video-recorded play session using carefully selected toys that provoke bimanual hand use. Twenty object related actions of the affected hand are then scored on a 4 point rating scale.

The course teaches the reliable use of the Mini-Assisting Hand version 1.3, in two steps: The first step involves a two day workshop where participants will learn about the constructs underlying the Mini-AHA, test procedures including the new play session and test items, and will practice test scoring. A Mini-AHA manual with detailed scoring criteria and a computer based scoring form will be provided. Following the course, the participants will be able to create their own test kit according to instructions given during the course. Feedback on the selected toys will be provided during the certification procedure. Additionally participants will be required to achieve satisfactory scoring of test cases; some of which are provided by videos, and two from self-produced Mini-AHA play sessions.

Course Objectives

  • Demonstrate how to select appropriate toys for a Mini-AHA play session
  • Demonstrate the set-up and video-recording of the session and how toys are used to provoke bimanual play in young children
  • Produce reliable scores according to the criteria in the manual
  • Understand the constructs upon which the Mini-AHA is based and describe early psychometric evidence
  • Interpret and communicate outcomes from the testing procedures


Texas Children's Hospital
Feigin Center
1102 Bates, 1st floor conference room
Houston, Texas 77030

Cost -  

Mini AHA: $400.00

HAI: $400.00

Both Courses: $725.00

Fee includes: Tuition, course handouts and refreshments; Test Kit Is NOT INCLUDED!

Earned credits -  

12 contact hours or CCU’s have been applied for Mini AHA course through TPTA, and TOTA

Registration - Register online


Lena Krumlinde-Sundholm, Reg OT, PhD, Associate Professor is an Occupational Therapist and a senior researcher at the Neuropediatric unit, Department of Woman’s and Children’s Health, Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm.

Susan Greaves, OT, MOT, PhD, Manager OT department Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia; Published author of articles in peer reviewed journals; chief investigator on 2 NHMR funded multi-site RCT’s on efficacy of upper limb interventions for children with cerebral palsy.


Day One

  • 8:30-9:00 Registration/continental breakfast
  • 9:00-10:00 Theoretical Background of the Mini-AHA
  • 10:00-10:15 Break
  • 10:15-12:15 Mini-AHA Test Items
  • 12:15-1:15 LUNCH
  • 1:15-3:15 Scoring of children
  • 3:15-3:30 BREAK
  • 3:30-4:30 The Mini Aha test kit and play session
  • 4:30-5:00 Certification procedure

Day Two

  • 8:30-9:00 Continental breakfast
  • 9:00-10:00 Psychometric properties
  • 10:00-10:15 BREAK
  • 10:15-12:00 Scoring of children
  • 12:00-1:00 LUNCH
  • 1:00-3:00 Interpret and communicate the outcome
  • 3:00-3:15 BREAK
  • 3:15-4:00 Using the outcome to guide
  • intervention/Wrap up


Wyndham Medical Center
6800 Main
Houston, Texas 77030

  • Nightly rate: $115.00 (price varies based on room availability)
  • Reservations