Effective September 1, 2007, Valpar stopped manufacturing most of the Component Work Sample product line, specifically VCWS 1-8, 10-19, 200 Series and 300 Series.
We are continuing to produce the VCWS09, Full Body Range of Motion. We have a variety of gently used work samples available for purchase. Please contact our Sales Office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-633-3321) for more information about these.
We are happy to annouce that BASES of Virginia is manufacturing Work Samples VCWS 1-8, 10-19, 200 Series and 300 Series. They can be reached as follows:
Phone: 888.VA EVAL 1 (or 888.823.8251)
Whole Body Range of Motion assesses whole body range of motion, agility and stamina through gross body movement of the trunk, arms, hands and legs. Also Available VCWS 9 B-Kit: The B-Kit is a set of molded plastic assembly guides for each of the shapes to be transferred. The assembly guides fit over the bolt patterns on each panel. All assembly guides are removable for work sample administration with sighted evaluees. In addition, there are raised numerals which identify the transfer panels.
Purpose: To adapt Valpar Component Work Sample 9 for use by persons with blindness and visual impairments.
Design: The B-Kit is modified hardware to aid in orientation, object identification, and sequencing of tasks; and modified instructions to enhance spatial visualization and task sequencing. The B-Kit has its own manual and norms.
Valpar's Component Work Samples have earned an excellent reputation since their initial introduction in 1973. (read: Temporal Reliability of Selected Valpar Component Work Samples,Learning Curve Studies.)
Work Samples are generalized work-like tasks that are administered under specific instructions. The challenge and gamesmanship that each Work Sample presents stimulates the client to put forth their best effort. Language and reading requirements are low, so they do not present barriers. The scores are interpreted in a variety of ways, including MTM standards, DOT Worker Qualification Profiles and norms.
Reporting Patients' Work Abilities: How the Use of Standardised Work Assessments Improved
Abstract: Reporting patients' work abilities accurately is essential in the rehabilitation process. Work assessment and rehabilitation require occupational therapists to be skilled in the use of valid and reliable assessment tools to support clinical reasoning. The aim of this study was to ascertain if the use of two standardised work assessments (SWAs) improved the quality of the information recorded about patients' work abilities. Case note review using a local standard and audit tool was carried out before (n = 42) and after (n = 41) use of the Valpar Component Work Samples and the Worker Role Interview. Anecdotal evidence was also collected. The results demonstrated an improvement in the reporting of most of the areas matched against the standard and the anecdotal evidence was supportive of the use of SWAs. It was concluded that the use of SWAs by skilled occupational therapists improved the reporting of patients' work abilities.
© British Journal of Occupational Therapy 2004
Volume: 67 Number: 3 Page: 129 -- 132
Publisher: The College of Occupational Therapists
See also Sharing the Commitment, Valpar Component Work Samples Uses in Allied Health.
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