TPAL - Therapists' Portable Assessment Lab

[TPal Portable Assesment Lab photo]
T/PAL contains 12 work modules designed to assess cognitive and pychomotor abilities.

The modules are housed in a compact, light-weight, soft-sided case making it easy to move from office to bedside.

"We use TPAL to assess youth and adults for their abilities and to determine their career paths. The most important factor to us when we use TPAL is that it is mobile and very convenient. It's great that we can test multiple competencies with one system! TPAL is user friendly and the manuals and reports are easy to read."
- Natasha Sacks, Director, Jewish Vocational Services, Silver Spring, MD.

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User Comments:

“The Therapistsí Portable Assessment Lab is a good vocational compliment to our Functional Capacity Evaluation.”

“I think the portability of the T/PAL makes the job of assessing patients much easier.”

“The T/Pal is fast and easy to use...It works well with a variety of populations.”

“Very useful when your physical space is limited.”

“Patients enjoy the activities.”

Description:T/PAL contains 12 work modules designed to assess cognitive and psychomotor abilities. The modules aid in formulating treatment plans by providing valuable insight into the skills that a patient possesses. T/PAL provides a standardized screening assessment system, tied to both the DOT Worker Qualification Profile factors and to MTM industrial performance standards. Norms are also included. It is not necessary to administer all modules in order to obtain meaningful results. The entire assessment requires about two hours. T/PAL is easily portable so the modules can be administered in a variety of settings, including bedside. All modules are contained in a compact, sturdy wooden case that is mounted on wheels. A number of useful software products are also included, as well as an Auditory Directions Screening exercise.

Typical Uses:T/PAL work modules are appropriate for administration to:

to measure Reasoning Ability, Language Ability, Motor Coordination, Manual Dexterity, Finger Dexterity, Clerical Perception, Spatial Perception, Form Perception, and seven Physical Demand factors.

Features:

Module Descriptions:

Mail Sort - Sort 100 preaddressed post cards by zip code and file in a 21 slot mail box. Clerical Perception, Manual Coordination, and five Physical Demand factors. Average time 9 minutes.

Alphabetizing - Sort 50 index cards by name and file in a standard 3x5 card box with index tabs. Motor Coordination and five Physical Demand factors. Average time 5 minutes.

Visual Maze - Use an Etch-a-Sketch to draw a line through a special maze overlay. Motor Coordination, Finger Dexterity, and five Physical Demand factors. Average time 3 minutes.

Payroll Computation - Use an electronic calculator to calculate simple payroll information and record it on a summary sheet. Clerical Perception, Motor Coordination, Finger Dexterity, and four Physical Demand factors. Average time 5 minutes.

Patient Info Memo - Read several short biographies and transfer pertinent facts to patient information sheets. Reasoning Ability, Language Ability, Clerical Perception, and four Physical Demand factors. Average time 15 minutes.

Small Parts A - Use tweezers to make simple assemblies from washers and brads. Motor Coordination, Manual Dexterity, and six Physical Demand factors. Average time 4 minutes.

Small Parts B - Use fingers and a small screw driver to drive screws into a metal plate. Finger Dexterity and five Physical Demand factors. Average time 8 minutes.

Ruler Reading - Use a standard ruler to make various measurements and record them on a work sheet. Reasoning Ability and four Physical Demand factors. Average time 3 minutes.

Pipe Assembly - Use a small pipe wrench and a screw driver to make an eleven item pipe assembly from a diagram. Reasoning Ability, Spatial Perception, Manual Dexterity, and five Physical Demand factors. Average time 5 minutes.

O-Rings - Sort 50 O-rings by size into compartments in a tray. There are 12 sizes, each with three to five O-rings. Reasoning Ability, Form Perception, Clerical Perception, and six Physical Demand factors. Average time 4 minutes.

Block Design - Use 20 blocks to reproduce a design from a diagram. Reasoning Ability, Spatial Perception, and six Physical Demand factors. Average time 1 minute.

Color Sort - Separate 50 multi-colored cards into seven stacks according to the color at a particular location on the card. Color Discrimination and three Physical Demand factors. Average time 1 minute.

Circuit Board - Follow a diagram to construct a simple electrical circuit from wires, switches, and LEDs. Reasoning Ability, Spatial Perception, Form Perception, Motor Coordination, Finger Dexterity, and seven Phyical Demand factors. Average time 4 minutes.

CAB - The Career Assessment Battery is a questionnaire that produces a full, self-reported DOT Worker Qualification Profile.

LSI - The Learning Styles Inventory is a questionnaire that provides insight into an individualís preferred modes(s) of learning.

VSS - The Valpar Scoring System provides a method of interpreting work module scores in terms of DOT Worker Qualification Profile factors and MTM industrial standards.

ADS - The Auditory Directions Screen is a short assessment of an individualís ability to follow verbal instructions. A cassette tape and work sheets are provided.

T/PAL includes IBM PC software for the CAB, LSI, and VSS that will operate on an IBM PC or equivalent. The software provides simplifed scoring procedures and automatic reporting.

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