This 3 day training workshop provides critical information related to the theoretical
basis of the Evaluation of Social Interaction (ESI), as well as experiential learning of
administering and scoring ESI evaluations. Participants obtain valuable, hands-on
information regarding occupation-based assessment and intervention, as well as
viewing and scoring videotaped and live ESI observations during the course. Rater
calibration is required following the 3 day course. Potential ESI raterâ€™s must complete
10 live observations after the course and submit this data for rater calibration. Rater
calibration allows each ratersâ€™ severity to be determined and whether or not he or she
is scoring the ESI in a reliable manner.
ESI is a relatively new and dynamic observational instrument used by occupational
therapists to evaluate a personâ€™s quality of social interaction during natural social
exchanges with typical social partners. It can be used with any person of any age
with or without a disability where the person has difficulties with social interactions. It
can help the occupational therapist answer the following questions:
- What is this person's quality of social interaction? (a criterion-referenced
- How does the quality of this personâ€™s social interaction compare with healthy, well
persons of the same age? ( a norm-referenced interpretation)
- Which social interaction performance skills are most impacting this persons'
- What is the best focus of planned intervention intended to improve quality of social
- Has there been a change in this persons' quality of social interaction performance
since the last ESI evaluation?
The Evaluation of Social Interaction (ESI) provides a tool that:
- Can be used to evaluate persons with any level of social interaction
- Is standardized on persons 2 years of age through older adulthood.
- Is based on criterion based scoring, and both criterion, and norm-based
- Is developed and standardized using Rasch measurement methods
- Has strong evidence for internal scale validity and reliability.
After taking an ESI training course, participants have often commented that they have
finally found their niche, their unique occupational-based role, within the rehabilitation
team. With the new skills and insights they developed during the course their
confidence is enhance, and they are more capable and proactive advocates for
occupational therapy and the use of occupation as both a means and an end when
providing occupational therapy services.