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Status survey

What assistive devices does my child need?

A needs assessment form makes it easier for parents, caregivers and providers to clearly describe and document a supply of assistive technology.

Many players are involved in the provision and use of assistive devices. In order to find the best possible assistive device for the child's development and participation in the respective environment, it is recommended to clearly document and describe the need.

For example, the following information is collected:

  • general information about the child
  • accompanying therapeutic measures
  • classification of the degree of disability (e.g. according to GMFCS)
  • bodily functions (physical and mental)
  • activities and participation

The classification of motor impairments in children with cerebral palsy is based on the Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) of the ICF. The GMFCS system includes five levels.

The classification is based on the ability for independent mobility and the need for assistive technology support. Parents can help with the classification, as they can usually assess their child well. GMFCS is simple and quick to use, requiring only about 15 minutes for experienced professionals.

Status survey to determine assistive technology needs.

Use the survey form from rehaKIND e.V. to document the provision of aids.

To the rehaKIND needs assessment form

Level I

Walking without restriction; restriction of higher motor skills.


Level II

Free walking without walking aids; restriction in walking outside the home and on the street.


Level III

Walking with walking aids; limitation in walking outside the home and on the street.


Level IV

Independent locomotion limited; children are pushed or use power wheelchair for outside.


Level IV

Independent locomotion limited; children are pushed or use power wheelchair for outside.