The Adapted Neuropsychological Assessment of Children (ANAC) Literacy Research included studies that examined how to adapt tests of thinking skills, language, and learning to accommodate the needs of children with disabilities. Our team was particularly interested in ways of identifying the capabilities of children who have limited speech and movement. This research was conducted at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital (Grand Rapids, MI).
Specifically, our research team investigated the reliability and validity of computer accommodations to common cognitive and academic tests; tests that are similar to the types of assessments and measurements that are conducted in a school setting or in a neuropsychological assessment clinic. Strong emphasis was placed upon literacy. During the research sessions, the children looked at pictures and answered questions that demonstrated their ability to see patterns, recognize letter sounds, and similar tasks.
The following are links to .pdf versions of posters containing results from the ANAC research project. Please visit this link for a comprehensive collection of presentations and publications from all of the M-ACAL studies.
Modified Test Administration Using Assisstive Technology: Preliminary Psychometric Findings with Typically Developing Children. Annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society, 2008.
Assessing Literacy in Children with Cerebral Palsy: Preliminary Findings. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2008.
ANAC Research was funded by: The National Institutes of Health R21 HD052592-01A
Principal Investigator: Seth Warschausky, Ph.D