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New measurement tool from CanChild to better understand the participation of children and youth.

The Participation and Environment Measure for Children and Youth, or the PEM-CY, is a new measurement tool designed to help parents, service providers and researchers better understand the participation of children and youth, ages 5 to 17. The developers are Wendy Coster from Boston University, Mary Law from CanChild, McMaster University, and Gary Bedell from Tufts University

The PEM-CY is a parent-report measure that asks about participation in the home, school and community, along with environmental factors within each of these settings. The PEM-CY is innovative because it is the first measure of this type that assesses participation and environmental factors at the same time.

To learn more about the PEM-CY, why and it was developed, and the potential benefits of using the PEM-CY, please click here to view CanChild's In Brief on the topic.

The PEM-CY is now available in an electronic version that can be downloaded and completed on a personal computer. This version is for use by individual parents or caregivers. After the parent or caregiver completes the electronic PEM-CY, a Participation Profile will be created for the child. The Participation Profile can be saved and shared with others who are interested in the child's participation, such as service providers and teachers.

In order to print the Participation Profiles, your computer must have a PDF reader installed. You can download a free PDF reader from Adobe here.

Read more here about the download requirements.


For more information on the Participation and Environment Measure for Children and Youth (PEM- CY) please contact Rachel Teplicky, the project coordinator (teplicr (at)
CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research is a research and educational centre located at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  Their research is focused on improving the lives of children and youth with disabilities and their families.
Tags: CanChild, Child participation, environment, childhood disability, measuring tools
Published Aug. 21, 2013 1:15 PM - Last modified Aug. 22, 2013 11:38 AM