Assesses the capacity to perform ADL in children with SCI who use a manual wheelchair.
1) Donning a shirt
2) Donning sweat pants
3) Performance of even transfers
4) Performance of uneven transfers (4 inch height difference)
5) Wheelchair propulsion on even surfaces
6) Wheelchair performance up a ramp.
The TMT includes common ADL tasks for children with SCI
The objective scale (time in seconds) is useful to detect change
The client/clinician burden in completing the test is considerable
The individual completes each task 5 times, except for wheelchair skills which is only done 3 times. They are instructed to complete the task quickly but safely. If they are unsuccessful in completing the task, they can retry it and if they are not able to complete all 5 trials then no time is reported. If the individual requires more than 20 seconds to complete the task then it is considered “incomplete”.
Administration time is usually 60-90 minutes (time is required for instruction and rest times are given between trials).
Number of Items
An adjustable mat (dimensions not specified)
An 80 foot (24.3 m) corridor
A 45 foot (13.72 m) ramp with an 8 degree angle
Time (seconds) to complete each task is recorded
Based on the results of the reliability data it was decided to use the mean score of the fastest 3 trials for scoring each task.
Chafetz R, McDonald C, Mulcahey MJ, Betz R, Anderson C, Vogel L, Gaughan JP, Martin S, O’Dell MA, Flanagan A. Timed motor test for wheelchair users: initial development and application in children with spinal cord injury. J SCI Med 2004;27:S38-43. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15503701