Not only do we closely track, measure and evaluate the results of each child’s progress, but we also believe it is important to measure ourselves among our peers. That’s why we participate in the WeeFIM® program.
What is WeeFIM? Since 2002, The Family Hope Center has evaluated children using both our proprietary Integrative & Developmental Progression Chart and WeeFIM, the nationally recognized tool for measuring rehabilitation results. The WeeFIM —Functional Independence Measure (FIM™), was created by the U.S. Department of Education's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and is sponsored by the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Our clinical outcome scores consistently far exceed national averages.
The FIM®programs are the most widely used systems in the world for documenting the severity of disabilities and rehabilitation outcomes. It is administered by Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR), a nonprofit organization affiliated with the University of Buffalo in New York.
The program UDSMR developed specifically for children – WeeFIM – has become the standard assessment tool for pediatric rehabilitation. Facilities around the world participate in the WeeFIM program and must be credentialed every two years. Each facility submits data to UDSMR for quality checks after being trained and credentialed.
Participation in WeeFIM:
- provides an objective, widely-recognized tool for benchmarking and tracking progress
- helps the Family Hope Center staff develop individualized treatment programs for children
- guides quality improvement efforts by providing specific data on the relative effectiveness of treatment modalities
- and, provides an easily understandable record of each child’s progress in therapy, which parents can use in support of insurance reimbursement claims.
Family Hope Center staff members assess each child’s degree of need and independence in 18 functions across the three general “domains” of self-care, mobility and cognition. For each function a child is assigned a number from 1 to 7, with 1 meaning the child cannot perform the function independently at all and 7 meaning the child can fully perform the function without assistance. This creates a baseline for measuring the child’s progress, in terms of these functions, over the course of his or her treatment program. Additional assessments are conducted at subsequent appointments. The data from these assessments are sent to UDSMR electronically[.
UDSMR organizes the data, aggregates it, and prepares quarterly and annual reports. These reports show how well our participants are doing – by themselves and compared to the averages for other facilities. The Family Hope Center conducts a full WeeFIM® assessment of each child at each evaluation appointment. Parents receive a record of their child’s levels of function, in the form of a “polar graph” like the sample shown below. These graphs illustrate the level of the child’s degree of ability in each of the 18 functions. The parents, in turn, can provide copies of these graphs to insurance companies if and when seeking reimbursement.
Across all categories and diagnoses, the clinical gains made by Family Hope Center children far exceed national averages—even when they entered our programs at a more advanced age or with a higher initial impairment than the national average. Please scroll down for charts showing these successes based on the types of developmental disabilities diagnosed at entry.
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Cognitive & Developmental Delay
Autism Spectrum Disorders
All Impairments and Age Groups