Occupational Therapy Assessments (2021)

Occupational therapy assessments used in research

It’s easy to fall into a rut with our clinical evaluations.

We’re often inclined to use the same OT assessments we’ve used for years. That’s understandable, as it’s often easiest to simply defer to using whatever our facility has on hand.

But, there are more occupational therapy assessment tools out there than we realize. Many are disease- or condition-specific, and many approach the assessment process from different angles (top-down, bottom-up, questionnaire style, etc.).

The best part is that many of these assessments are FREE. 🙂

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Our ultimate list of of occupational therapy assessments!

These assessments were either found in the in the research we’ve reviewed in the OT Potential Club, or were suggested by club members!

  • 6-Minute Walk Test (6MWT)
  • 9-Hole Peg Test (9HPT)
  • 10-Meter Walk Test (10MWT)
  • 30-Second Chair Stand Test
  • 36-Short Form Health Survey (SF-36)
  • Aberrant Behavior Checklist | Second Edition (ABC-2)
  • Action Research Arm Test (ARAT)
  • Activity Card Sort (ACS)
  • Addenbrooke’s Cognitive Examination (ACE-III or ACE-R) – (The Short Form)
  • Agitated Behaviors Scale-Modified
  • Assessment of Life Habits (Life-H)
  • Assessment of Motor and Process skills (AMPS)
  • Assisting Hand Assessment (AHA)
  • Australian Pelvic Floor Questionnaire
  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule™ (ADOS™) and Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule™, Second Edition (ADOS™-2)
  • Barthel Index for Activities of Daily Living
  • Batten Observational Pain Scale (BOPS)
  • Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development
  • Beck Depression Inventory (BDI)
  • Beery-Buktenica Developmental Test of Visual-Motor Integration | Sixth Edition (BEERY™ VMI)
  • Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (BRIEF)
  • Berg Balance Scale (BBS)
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)
  • Borg Dyspnea Scale
  • Boston Carpal Tunnel Outcomes Questionnaire (BCTQ)
  • Box and Block test (BBT)
  • Brief Autism Mealtime Behavior Inventory (BAMBI)
  • Brief Confusion Assessment Method (bCAM)
  • Brief Pain Inventory (BPI)
  • Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency | Second Edition (BOT™-2)
  • Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM)
  • Caregiver Strain Scale (CSI)
  • Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D)
  • Children’s Assessment of Participation and Enjoyment (CAPE) and Preferences for Activities of Children (PAC)
  • Children’s Eating Behavior Inventory
  • Children’s Sleep Habits Questionnaire (CSHQ)
  • Children Hospital of Philadelphia Infant Test of Neuromuscular Disorders (CHOP INTEND)
  • Children’s Depression Inventory, Second Edition (CDI 2)
  • Clinical Assessment of Modes
  • Clinical Disease Activity Index (CDAI)
  • Clinical Global Impressions – Improvement Scale (CGI-I)
  • Cognitive Failures Questionnaire  (CFQ)
  • Confusion Assessment Method for the ICU (CAM-ICU)
  • Consultation and Relational Empathy (CARE) Measure
  • Dallas Pain Questionnaire
  • Dartmouth COOP Charts
  • DeCoste Writing Protocol (DWP)
  • Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scale
  • Developmental Assessment of Young Children | Second Edition (DAYC-2)
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder – Questionnaire
  • Devereux Behavior Rating Scale (DBRS™)
  • Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH)
  • Distress Thermometer
  • Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale (ESAS)
  • European Quality of Life – 5 Dimensions (EQ-5D)
  • Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS)
  • Falls Efficacy Scale – International
  • Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI)
  • Four Square Step Test (FSST)
  • Frenchay Activities Index (FAI)
  • Fugl-Meyer Assessment of Motor Recovery After Stroke (FMA)
  • Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy – Cognitive Function (FACT-Cog)
  • Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy: General (FACT-G)
  • Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy – Fatigue (FACIT-F)
  • Functional Independence Measure (FIM)
  • General Health Questionnaire (GHQ)
  • Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS)
  • Grip Strength
  • Guy’s Neurological Disability Scale (GNDS)
  • Hammersmith Functional Motor Scale Expanded (HFMSE)
  • Hammersmith Infant Neurological Examination (HINE)
  • Health Assessment Questionnaire- Disability Index
  • Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS)
  • Independent Living Scales™ (ILS™)
  • Infant-Toddler Social and Emotional Assessment (ITSEA)
  • Jebsen-Taylor Test of Hand Function (JTTHF)
  • Katz Index of Independence in Activities of Daily Living (Katz ADL)
  • Kohlman Evaluation of Living Skills
  • Lawton Instrumental ADL Scale (IADL)
  • Little Developmental Coordination Disorder Questionnaire
  • London Handicap Scale (LHS)
  • MacArthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventories (MB-CDIs)
  • Manual Ability Measure (MAM-36)
  • Maternal Self-Efficacy Scale (MSES)
  • McMaster Handwriting Assessment Protocol (MHAP)
  • Mealtime Behavior Questionnaire (MBQ)
  • Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36)
  • Melbourne Assessment of Unilateral Upper Limb Function (MUUL)
  • Miller Behavioral Style Scale (MBSS)
  • Mini-Cog©
  • Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE)
  • Modified Ashworth Scale (MAS)
  • Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT)
  • Modified Rankin Scale (mRS)
  • Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS)
  • Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA)
  • Motion Sensitivity Quotient/Test (MSQ/MST)
  • Motor Activity Log (MAL)
  • Motor Function Measure (MFM)
  • Motricity Index for Motor Impairment After Stroke
  • Movement Assessment Battery for Children | Second Edition Movement ABC-2
  • MS Quality of Life 54 (MSQOL 54)
  • Mullen Scales of Early Learning (MESL)
  • Multidimensional Anxiety Scale for Children | Second Edition (MASC 2)
  • National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS)
  • Non-Communicating Children’s Pain Checklist (NCCPC)
  • Nottingham Extended Activities of Daily Living (NEADL) Scale
  • Nottingham Health Profile (NHP)
  • Nottingham Leisure Questionnaire (NLQ)
  • Occupational Performance History Interview-II (OPHI-II)
  • Pain Catastrophizing Scale (PCS) (child version and parent version)
  • Pain Self-Efficacy Questionnaire (PSEQ)
  • Parenting Sense of Competence Scale (PSOC)
  • Parenting Stress Index – Short Form (PSI-SF)
  • Parkinson’s Disease Questionnaire – 39 (PDQ-39)
  • Participation and Environment Measure for Children and Youth (PEM-CY)
  • Participation Assessment and Recombined Tools (PART-O)
  • Peabody Developmental Motor Scales (PDMS)
  • Pediatric Confusion Assessment Method for the Intensive Care Unit (pCAM-ICU)
  • Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI)
  • Pediatric Pain Profile (PPP)
  • Pediatric Quality of Life Questionnaire (PedsQL)
  • Perceived Efficacy and Goal Setting System (PEGS)
  • Perceive, Recall, Plan, and Perform System (PRPP)
  • Personal Adjustment and Role Skills (PARS)
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorders Behavior Inventory (PDDBI)
  • Physical Function in the ICU – Scored (PFIT-s)
  • Pinch Strength
  • Preschool Confusion Assessment Method for the ICU (psCAM-ICU)
  • Preschool Language Scales | Fourth Edition (PLS™-4)
  • Quality of Upper Extremity Skills Test (QUEST)
  • Revised Upper Limb Module (RULM)
  • Richmond Agitation-Sedation Scale (RASS)
  • Rivermead Mobility Index (RMI)
  • Roll Evaluation of Activities of Life (REAL™)
  • Routine Assessment of Patient Index Data 3 (RAPID3)
  • Rowland Universal Dementia Assessment Scale 11 (RUDAS)
  • Saint Louis University Mental Status Examination (SLUMS)
  • Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS)
  • SCA Functional Index (SCAFI)
  • Scale for the Assessment and Rating of Ataxia (SARA)
  • Scale for the Assessment of Negative Symptoms (SANS)
  • Screen for Child Anxiety Related Disorders (SCARED)
  • Self-Efficacy for Managing Chronic Disease
  • Self Efficacy Scale
  • Self Perception Profile for Children (SPPC)
  • Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT)
  • Sensory Processing Measure (SPM™)
  • Sensory Profile™ 2
  • Sharpened Romberg (SR)
  • Short Blessed Test (SBT)
  • Sickness Impact Profile (SIP)
  • Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ) 
  • Social Responsiveness Scale™ | Second Edition (SRS™-2)
  • Spence Children’s Anxiety Scale (SCAS)
  • Standardized Touchscreen Assessment of Cognition (STAC)
  • Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Efficacy 6-Item Scale (SSE) (SEMCD)
  • Stroke Impact Scale (SIS)
  • Symbol Digit Modalities Test (SDMT)
  • Test of Gross Motor Development (TGMD)
  • Test of Visual Perceptual Skills (non-motor) | Fourth Edition (TVPS-4)
  • Timed Up and Go (TUG) Test
  • Unified Multiple System Atrophy Rating Scale (UMSARS)
  • Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS)
  • Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales | Third Edition (Vineland-3)
  • WeeFIM
  • Wolf Motor Function Test (WMFT)
  • World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule 2.0 (WHODAS 2.0)
  • Young Children’s Participation and Environment Measure (YC-PEM)

Assessments for OTs using telehealth

In light of COVID-19 and the shift toward offering virtual services, we have also gathered information on OT assessments for telehealth care delivery.

Introducing the brand-new OT Assessment Search

At OT Potential, we want to make it easy for you to deliver the best care possible. Over the last year, we have been gathering a list of standardized assessments that we found in influential OT-related research studies.

You will find these assessments listed below. Some of them will be familiar, but I suspect you’ll also discover some new ones you’ll be eager to integrate into your practice.

For members of the OT Potential Club, we took things one step further, compiling everything into a comprehensive OT Assessment Search. You’ll be able to quickly find the perfect assessment to kick off your treatments.

For each assessment, you’ll be able to quickly see: 

  1. Primary patient population
  2. What it assesses
  3. How much it costs
  4. How long it takes to administer
  5. If you need special training beyond your OT degree to administer it


Choosing the right assessment sets you up to provide great care—but finding the right one for your needs can be a challenge. At OT Potential, we seek to collect the scattered and hard-to-decipher information on various assessments and make it simple for you to find what you need in just a few clicks.

Please comment below with features you would like to see in The OT Potential Club Assessment Search, as well as your favorite assessments you think we should add to our list.

To get instant access to this growing database of OT-specific assessments, join the OT Potential Club!

8 replies on “Occupational Therapy Assessments (2021)”

Would love to see cited reliably/validity measures, as available for each assessment.

Additionally, it would be great to be able to plug in some key words (such as "dementia", "home safety") in order to quickly identify assessments relating to the search criteria.

Looking forward to seeing where this goes!

Love this feedback, Kori! Thank you!

The search component you mentioned is definitely possible and something we are building.

My plan right now reliability/validity measures is to provide links to pages that contain that information, but not to host it within the search itself…. I’m trying to balance keeping the information easy to read, but having avenues to dive really deep into the assessment.

Oh! And, one more thought on this! I do plan to provide an easy visual, like a star, if the assessment is used in the influential research we review each week in the OT Potential Club. I figure this should serve as an initial indicator of validity/reliability, as one would hope that researchers are only choosing assessments with established validity/reliability.

Hello, I read that you were building a new search component for the assessments, a key word search specifically. Has this been implemented yet?? Thank you

Hi Laura!! Yes! The search is live and we are adding to it every week! The upcoming feature I’m most excited about is that we are categorizing the assessment as top-down vs. bottom-up. Are you a member of the OT Potential Club? The Search has been such a big project, we decided to offer it to our members within the Club. You can learn more here about signing up: https://otpotential.com/

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