Evaluation of Social Interaction Skills

The Evaluation of Social Interaction (ESI) is a dynamic observational instrument used by occupational therapists to evaluate a person’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 also be used alongside the AMPS to complement the identification of a person's level of motor, process and social interaction skill.
​​3 day training workshop

The 3-day training workshop provides critical information related to the theoretical basis of the 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

Rater calibration is required following the 3-day course, potential ESI raters must complete 10 live observations after the course and submit these data for rater calibration. Rater calibration allows each rater’s severity to be determined and whether or not he or she is scoring the ESI in a reliable manner.

The ESI provides a tool that:

  1. ​​Can be used to evaluate persons with any level of social interaction
  2. Is standardised on persons 2 years of age through to older adulthood
  3. Is based on criterion-based scoring and both criterion and norm based interpretation.
  4. Is developed and standardised using Rasch measurement methods.
  5. Has strong evidence for internal scale validity and reliability
  6. Can help answer the following questions:
  • What is the person’s quality of social interaction (criterion referenced interpretation
  • How does the quality of this person’s social interaction compare with healthy, well persons of the same age? (norm referenced interpretation)
  • Which social interaction [performance skills are most impacting this person’s occupational performance
  • What is the best focus of planned intervention intended to improve quality of social interaction?
  • Has there been a change in this person’s quality of social interaction performance since the last ESI evaluation?

Limitations of the ESI
  1. The ESI is not appropriate for use with children under 2 years of age
  2. People must be attempting to communicate to use the ESI
  3. The ESI is not intended to evaluate the person related or envirnomental factors that may be contributing to diminished qulity of social interaction