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Activities Scale for Kids (ASK)
Please visit this website for more information about the instrument: Activities Scale for Kids
For more information contact: Nancy Young;
Cost ranges from $150–$900 depending on whether the test will be used for clinical practice or multi-site research.
Supplemental – Highly Recommended: Cerebral Palsy (CP)
Short Description of Instrument
The Activities Scale for Kids© (ASK) (Young, 2000) is self-report measure of physical disability. Designed for children aged 5–15 years of age who are experiencing limitations in physical activity due to musculoskeletal disorders it may be used to assess a child's status at a single point in time or to monitor changes associated with time or therapeutic interventions (Young et al., 2000). There are two versions of the scale: ASK performance (ASKp) and the ASK capability (ASKc). The ASKp measures what the child "did do: during the previous week, whereas the Askc version measures what the child "could do" during the previous week.
Comments/Special Instructions
Designed for children aged 5–15 who are experiencing limitations in physical acticity due to musculoskeletal disorders. May be more of an activity contruct rather than participation. Tool is sensitive to clinically meaningful change.
Thirty questions aggregated into overall summary score. 7 sub-domains: personal care (3 items), dressing (4 items), other skills (4 items), locomotion (7 items), play (2 items), standing skills (5 items), and transfers (5 items). Subdomains have NOT been independently validated.
Key References:
Young N. Activities Scale for Kids© (ASK©) 2000 [cited 2016 24 June]. Available from:
Young NL, Williams JI, Yoshida KK, Wright JG. Measurement properties of the activities scale for kids. J Clin Epidemiol. 2000;53(2):125-137.
Additional References:
Bagley AM, Gorton GE, Bjornson K, Bevans K, Stout JL, Narayanan U, Tucker CA. Factor- and item-level analyses of the 38-item activities scale for kids-performance. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2011;53(2):161-166.
Plint AC, Gaboury I, Owen J, Young NL. Activities scale for kids: an analysis of normals. J Pediatr Orthoped. 2003;23(6):788-790.
Young NL, Yoshida KK, Williams JI, Bombardier C, Wright JG. The role of children in reporting their physical disability. Arch Phys Med Rehab. 1995;76(10):913-918.
Young NL, Williams JI, Yoshida KK, Bombardier C, Wright JG. The context of measuring disability: does it matter whether capability or performance is measured? J Clin Epidemiol. 1996;49(10):1097-1101.


Document last updated July 2019