The westmead post-traumatic amnesia scale for children (WPTAS-C) aged 4 and 5 years old

Antonella Rocca*, Margaret Wallen, Jennifer Batchelor

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abs Assessment of posttraumatic amnesia (PTA) in young children remains problematic. This article details a version of the Westmead PTA Scale, which was adapted for use with children aged 4 and 5 years, and an evaluation of this scale with typically developing children. The Westmead PTA Scale for Children (WPTAS-C) comprises 2 orientation and 4 memory questions, including 2 items involving remembering pictures of familiar objects.Participants included 55 preschool and kindergarten children aged 4 and 5 years. The scale was administered for 4 consecutive days. Ninety-three percent of the children achieved a score of 6 out 6 for the final 3 days of the 4- day test period. It is concluded that the WPTAS-C is an appropriate measure of orientation and continuous memory in 4- and 5-year-old typically developing children. Validation of the scale in clinical populations is recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-21
Number of pages8
JournalBrain Impairment
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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