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Allen Cognitive Levels
Terms in this set (12)
Goal Directed Actions
Level I: Automatic Actions
Characterized by automatic motor responses and changes in the automatic nervous system. Consciousness to the external environment is minimal.
-Motor Actions: walking, eating, drinking, standing
-Attention Span: seconds
-Tx: sensory stimuli
Level II: Postural Actions
Characterized by movement that is associated with comfort. There is some awareness of large objects in the environment, and the individual may assist caregiver with simple tasks.
-Unable to imitate running stitch
-Motor Actions: approximate imitations, pacing, bending, stretches
-Attention Span: minutes
-Tx: gross motor games, dance
Level III: Manual Actions
Begins with the use of the hands to manipulate objects. The individual may perform a limited number of tasks with long-term repetitive training.
-Able to imitate the running stitch, three stitches
-Motor Actions: manipulation of familiar objects, reacts spontaneously to tactile stimuli
-Attention Span: 30 minutes; no written directions; increased distractibility
-Tx: performs familiar ADL's (face washing, etc.)
Level IV: Goal Directed Actions
Characterized by carrying out simple tasks through to completion. The individual relies heavily on visual cues. He/she may be able to carry out established routines but cannot cope with unexpected events.
-Able to imitate the whip stitch, three stitches
-Responds to visual stimuli
-NO NEW LEARNING/GENERALIZATION
-Attention Span: hours
-Tx: visual cues to complete tasks, matching, several step-tasks, simple crafts (2-3 steps)
-Ex: cereal into a bowl, grocery list, getting items, getting dressed
Level V: Exploratory Actions
Overt trial and error problem solving. New learning occurs. This may be the usual level of functioning for 20% of the population.
-Able to imitate the single cordovan stitch using overt trial and error methods, three stitches
-Independent learning; self-control/inclusive reasoning
-Alters actions with overt trial and error; poor organization, planning, and socialization
-Attention Span: weeks
Level VI: Planned Actions
Absence of disability. The person can think of hypothetical situations and do mental trial and error problem solving. (think of hypothetical situations and plan ahead to prevent mistakes).
-Able to imitate the single cordovan stitch using covert trial and error methods, three stitches
-Considers consequences of actions
-Follows multistep verbal/written cues
-ABSENCE OF COG DISABILITY
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