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The Activities Based Balance Level Evaluation (ABLE) Scale
Availability
The instrument is freely available here: The Activities Based Balance Level Evaluation (ABLE) Scale
Classification
Exploratory: Spinal Cord Injury (SCI); not recommended for youth < 18
Short Description of Instrument
Construct measured:  Functional ability
Intended respondent: Participant
# of subscales and names of sub-scales: 3 subscales; sitting, standing, walking
Comments/Special Instructions
Scoring: Items scored on a scale from 0 to 4, with 4 indicating greatest balance.
Background: The ABLE Scale was designed to assess balance in people with spinal cord injury. This scale consists of three subscales; sitting, standing, and walking.
Equipment: Equipment required to complete this test:
1 chair without armrests
1 standard-height chair with armrests 1 meter stick/yardstick
1 large plastic cup (12–16 oz)
1 2 x 4 block of wood
1 basketball
1 ADA ramp
At least 8 steps
 
SCI-Pediatric specific:
There are no studies with children. Performance items appear appropriate for kids of typically sitting, standing and walking age. Self-report items are too complex for child.
References
Ardolino EM, Hutchinson KJ, Pinto Zipp G, Clark M, Harkema SJ. The ABLE scale: the development and psychometric properties of an outcome measure for the spinal cord injury population. Phys Ther. 2012;92(8):1046–1054.
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