The School Version of the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (School AMPS) was developed in response to the need for a valid, reliable, and clinically useful evaluation tool for measuring student's quality of schoolwork task performance in typical classroom settings. The School AMPS is a naturalistic, observation-based assessment conducted in the context of a student's natural classroom setting, during his/her typical routine, while the student performs schoolwork tasks assigned by the teacher. Other than the unobtrusive presence of the occupational therapist who observes the student performing schoolwork tasks, an important feature of the School AMPS is that no disruption of the normal classroom routine occurs during its administration.
The School AMPS helps an occupational therapist answer the following questions:
- What is the quality of this student's schoolwork task performance?
- How does the quality of this student's task performance compare with that of his/her same-age peers?
- Which school motor and/or school process skills are most impacting this student's occupational performance in the classroom?
- What intervention strategies will have the most impact on this student's performance in the classroom?
- Was there a change in this student's quality of schoolwork task performance since the last School AMPS evaluation?
In its broadest conceptualisation, the School AMPS offers a systematic and thorough way of examining the transaction between a student, a schoolwork task, and a classroom environment, and evaluating the quality of the student's schoolwork task performance, measured at the level of complex activity and participation, not body functions. The School AMPS offers a new way of thinking about and describing how a student performs needed schoolwork tasks given the constraints of those schoolwork tasks and the physical and social school environment.
The 5-day School AMPS workshop provides critical information related to the theoretical basis of the School AMPS as well as experiential learning of administering and scoring School AMPS evaluations. Participants obtain valuable, hands-on information regarding occupation-based assessment and intervention, as well as viewing and scoring videotaped School AMPS observations during the course. Rater calibration is required following the 5-day course, potential School 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 School AMPS in a reliable manner.