User Comments: What are people saying about the School AMPS?
I have had several positive comments from fellow special educators (social worker, some teachers, and a speech pathologist) who have commented on how much they like the School AMPS and how they feel they gain valuable information from it. Good to know people now read my reports! Also fascinating how historically (at least in schools over the last several decades) we tested for and treated only motor issues and the majority of the time it is process skills that are the barrier!
One child I evaluated had been seen previously by OT but the teacher felt that he did not gain anything from the assessment that would help the child. He identified with the School AMPS as he could be a part of the intervention process. Overall it has really been very rewarding to use. As we appeared to share a similar philosophy of OT, the assessment is a wonderful tool to address occupation, that is as I see it, measuring the individual’s participation in an activity rather than at the level of the impairment. I continue to use it as a framework in the return to work process for individuals with brain injury as well.
The AMPS is clearly the best tool that I have to evaluate whether a child needs school-based services or not. What could tell me more about the child’s performance than watching the child perform activities?
I just want you to know as an experienced therapist who thought she had pretty good observation skills, this assessment has really enhanced and expanded my skills as an OT in the school. As much as this was difficult to accomplish with a crazy schedule this school year, I wanted you to know how much this course has impacted me and I want to thank you for the experience this course provided. I am looking forward to meeting with this group of therapists to figure how best to use this wonderful tool and impact our intervention. I also look forward to the support you offer when we get into trouble. You will be our best friends, I am sure of it. Several of us have also used your powerpoint presentation and shared our experience with other therapists in the school and to students at UNM. Word is getting around, and you may all have to come back to Albuquerque soon.