Preliminary evaluation of the Cognitive and Linguistic Scale: a measure to assess recovery in inpatient rehabilitation following pediatric brain injury.

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PubMed URL: 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18815505
Author: 
Christensen J
Author List: 
Slomine B
Eikenberg J
Salorio C
Suskauer S
Trovato M
Christensen J
Journal: 
J Head Trauma Rehabil
PubMed ID: 
18815505
Pagination: 
286-93
Volume: 
23
Issue: 
5
Abstract: 
A preliminary investigation of the psychometric properties of the Cognitive and Linguistic Scale (CALS), a measure of cognitive and linguistic recovery following brain injury in children and adolescents.One hundred children and adolescents (aged 2-19 years) with acquired or traumatic brain injury were included.The CALS was administered at inpatient rehabilitation admission and discharge.Internal consistency and interrater reliability were high. Factor analysis revealed 2 factors (basic responding, higher-level cognitive skills). Correlations with the Functional Independence Measure for Children (WeeFIM) ranged from 0.51 to 0.89; highest correlation was between WeeFIM cognitive domain and CALS total score. CALS scores improved significantly between admission and discharge.On the basis of these preliminary analyses, the CALS is a promising measure to track cognitive and linguistic recovery in children and adolescents with brain injury during inpatient rehabilitation.
Published Date: 
September, 2008

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