Recent developments in low-cost screening and assessment of childhood disabilities in Jamaica. Part 2: Assessment

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Jun. 1993

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This article summarizes the requirements and criteria for assessment of childhood disabilities. It reviews research carried out in Jamaica and outlines procedures for medical and psychological assessment used in the International Epidemiological Study of Childhood Disability, as well as local experience in community-based rehabilitation. While the medical assessment procedures were considered to be validated, there was urgent need for local research and development in psychological assessment. These approaches, while not perfect, bring the possibility of local community capability closer. They will require changes in professional attitudes, training of health and educational personnel, and changes in the service systems, so that screening and assessment can be integrated into existing services. However, although this will obviate the need for new, specialized administrations, improved linkages and lines of referral will be necessary


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