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Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation:
doi: 10.1097/01.HTR.0000336841.53338.2f

Preliminary Evaluation of the Cognitive and Linguistic Scale: A Measure to Assess Recovery in Inpatient Rehabilitation Following Pediatric Brain Injury

Slomine, Beth PhD; Eikenberg, Janine MS, CCC-SLP; Salorio, Cynthia PhD; Suskauer, Stacy MD; Trovato, Melissa MD; Christensen, James MD

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Objective: 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.

Participants: One hundred children and adolescents (aged 2–19 years) with acquired or traumatic brain injury were included.

Methods: The CALS was administered at inpatient rehabilitation admission and discharge.

Results: 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.

Conclusion: 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.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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