The AMPS is an innovative observational assessment that is used to measure the quality of a person’s activities of daily living (ADL). The quality of the person’s ADL performance is assessed by rating the effort, efficiency, safety, and independence of 16 ADL motor and 20 ADL process skill items, while the person is doing chosen, familiar, and life-relevant ADL tasks. There are more than 100 standardized ADL tasks. The AMPS is ideal for occupational therapists who are looking for a valid and reliable assessment of the quality of a person's ADL performance.

The 5-day training workshop provides critical information related to the theoretical basis of the AMPS as well as experiential learning of administering and scoring AMPS evaluations. Participants obtain valuable, hands-on information regarding occupation-based assessment and intervention, as well as viewing and scoring videotaped and live AMPS observations during the course. Rater calibration is required following the 5-day course, potential AMPS raters must complete 10 live observations after the course and submit these data for rater calibration. Rater calibration allows each rater’s severity to be determined and whether or not he or she is scoring the AMPS in a reliable manner.

The AMPS is unique in several ways:

  1. The ADL tasks that the person performs for the assessment are chosen by the person, and are meaningful and relevant to his or her daily life and living situation. It is believed that ADL task performance is maximized when an individual has the opportunity to choose and enter into an activity that matches the individual's volitional traits.

  2. The AMPS provides occupational therapists with a powerful and sensitive tool that can assist with treatment planning and documenting change.

  3. The AMPS is an ideal assessment for managed care environments and other settings where occupational therapists need to demonstrate the efficacy of their interventions in a cost-effective and client-centered manner.

  4. The AMPS requires no special equipment and can be administered in any relevant setting within 30 - 40 minutes.

  5. The measurement model used to develop the AMPS allows a therapist to determine the ADL ability of the person, while taking into account the relative challenge of each of the ADL tasks the person performed. As a result, people who performed different ADL tasks can be directly compared.

  6. The measurement model used to analyze the person's scores also allows us to generate ADL ability measures that are adjusted to account for the severity of the rater who rated the person's performance. As a result, a person's ability measures are not biased by the particular rater who observed the performance.

  7. The AMPS has been designed so that it can be administered to children over the developmental age of 3 years, adolescents, adults, and older persons for whom there is concern about ADL task performance. The diagnosis of the person or the reason for the functional limitations does not matter.

  8. The AMPS has been standardized internationally and cross-culturally on more than 100,000 subjects.

The AMPS has the following limitations:

  1. Participation in the 5-day training course and successful completion of the calibration process is required to use the AMPS.

  2. Rater calibration involves completing 10 AMPS assessments after the course and submiting these data within 3 months in order to demonstrate skill as a valid and reliable rater and in the administration and interpretation of the AMPS.

  3. The AMPS computer-scoring software is only available to persons who successfully complete the AMPS training and calibration process.
  4. The AMPS is not suitable for the assessment of children under the developmental age of 2 years, or persons who have no need or who are unwilling to participate in simple daily life tasks.

  5. If the AMPS is to be used for documenting treatment efficacy, quality assurance, or research, it must be computer-scored. This is necessary to compute overall ADL motor ability and ADL process ability measures that have been adjusted to account for (a) the challenge of the tasks the person performed, and (b) the leniency of the rater who scored the person's performance. The computer-scoring software is included with the AMPS training and calibration workshop materials.