A new assessment of hand function, the Hand Assessment for Infants (HAI), has recently been developed for infants at risk of developing cerebral palsy (CP) in the age range of 3-12 months. The development of this test has been a collaboration between research groups at IRCCS Fondazione Stella Marisin Pisa, Italy and the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. The HAI intends to measure the degree and quality of goal directed actions performed with each hand separately as well as with both hands together. The outcome of the test renders a separate score for each hand, illustrating possible asymmetric hand use as well a criterion referenced measure of general upper limb ability. Age norm references will be available. As a first step, the HAI has been validated for infants with clinical signs of unilateral cerebral palsy. The HAI is scored on 17 items (12 unimanual and 5 bimanual) each scored on a 3-point rating scale.

This course teaches the reliable use of the HAI in two steps:

(1) A two day workshop where participants will learn about the constructs underlying the HAI, test procedures, test objects used, and scoring of infants from video recordings. A HAI manual with detailed scoring criteria and a computer based scoring form will be provided.

(2) Following the course, participants will be able to create their own test kit according to instructions given during the course. Feedback on the selected toys will be provided during the certification procedure. Additionally participants will be required to achieve satisfactory scoring of test cases; two which are provided by videos, and two from self-produced HAI play sessions.


Course objectives

On completion of the course participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate how to select appropriate toys for a HAI play session
  • Demonstrate the set-up and video-recording of the session and how toys are used to provoke active hand use in infants
  • Produce reliable scores according to the criteria in the manual
  • Understand the constructs upon which the HAI is based and describe early psychometric evidence
  • Interpret and communicate outcomes from the testing procedures

Course Tutors:

  • Dr Susan Greaves is a Senior Occupational Therapist at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. She has had many years of experience working in pediatrics, predominantly children with cerebral palsy. Her PhD studies involved the development of the Mini-Assisting Hand Assessment.
  • Professor Roslyn Boyd is a Paediatric Physiotherapist and Professor of Cerebral Palsy Research at the University of Queensland. She is principal investigator for the REACH clinical trial (Rehabilitation Early for Children with Congenital Hemiplegia.


Who should attend: 

Paediatric occupational therapists and physiotherapists who provide assessment and intervention to babies aged 3 – 12 months of age who are at risk of cerebral palsy.



Training Information:

Registration cost: USD $770*, inclusive of all training materials, post-workshop feedback, and catering. 

*The payment will be charged in Australian Dollors, which is AUD $984 per registration.

The 2018 training will be held at the following locations and dates:

Training Location Date Availability Course Flyer Registration

University of Minnesota

354 Children’s Rehab Center, 426 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Sunday April 8th and Monday April 9th, 2018 15 places HAI 2018 Minnesota CLOSED

Ohio State University

Therapy Gym, 2050 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43220

Thursday 12th and Friday 13th April, 2018 10 places HAI 2018 Ohio HERE

For all questions about this course or any issues with registration, please email us at qcprrc@uq.edu.au




This is a very popular training course, places fill quickly and we frequently have a waiting list.  If you have registered for a course and cannot attend, we would appreciate knowing as early as possible so that we can offer your place to someone else. Please email qcprrc@uq.edu.au to cancel your registration.  If you cancel more than 2 weeks before the event, we may be able to offer a part/full refund of your registraion fees.  If registration is cancelled within 2 weeks of the event date, you may forfeit the full registration fee.