Participation and Environment Measure for Children and Youth (PEM-CY)
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 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 how we developed it, and the potential benefits of using the PEM-CY, please click here to view our In Brief on the topic.
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The PEM-CY has been translated into the following languages:
English adaptation for Singapore
Translations are currently underway for:
English adaptation for the United Kingdom
If you are interested in using the PEM-CY in any of these language or are interested in translating the PEM-CY into another language, please contact Rachel Teplicky
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.
Windows System Requirements:
- Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista with Service Pack 2, Windows 7 or Windows 8 Classic
- 2.33 GHz or faster processor or Intel Atom 1.6GHz for netbooks
- 512 MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
To install, please double click the downloaded file. To run the PEM-CY tool for Windows, please double click the PEM-CY icon on your Desktop, or by opening your Start Menu, and locating the PEM-CY tool icon.
Note: You may receive a security warning that this software is from an untrusted publisher. We are working with our service provider to remove this warning. Please follow instructions below to disregard security warnings that may appear when downloading on a Windows computer:
If using IE to download the PEM-CY, and you see a security scan error, please do the following:
- When your download has completed, and you are seeing the red bar, please click the 'Actions' button
- In the next screen, click 'More Options', and then click 'Run Anyway'
Once your download has completed, and there is a security warning/error, please do the following:
- Where it says 'Discard', there is a small arrow, please click that to show more options
- Click 'Keep', and then run the file as usual (proceed to where it has been downloaded, or double click your downloaded file from Google Chrome).
Mac OS System Requirements:
- Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor
- Mac OS X v10.6, 10.7 or v10.8
- 512 MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
To install please drag the PEM-CY icon to the Applications folder, as you would normally do to install a Mac program. To run the PEM-CY tool for Mac OS, please open your Applications folder, and click on the PEM-CY icon.
Note: You may receive a security warning that this software is from an untrusted publisher. We are working with our service provider to remove this warning.
Download PEM-CY for Windows & Mac OS
In order to download the software, you must agree to the following license agreement:
The PEM-CY is now available for license:
The purchased version is available as a PDF and includes a user's guide, scoring recommendations, as well as comparative data for children with and without disabilities. Purchasing a single-licensed copy allows a service provider to make unlimited copies of the PEM-CY. Licenses are also available for organizations.