|The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills -- Revised (ABLLS-R)|
by James W. Partington, Ph.D., BCBA
The ABLLS-R is an assessment, curriculum guide, and skills tracking system for use with children who have autism or other developmental disabilities. It allows you to identify deficiencies in language, academic, self-help, and motor skills and then implement and monitor individualized intervention.
Appropriate for children from birth through 12 years of age, the ABLLS-R includes two components: the Assessment Protocol and the Scoring Instructions and IEP Development Guide.
The Protocol provides precise, criterion-referenced information about a child's existing skills and the conditions under which the child uses these skills. It also identifies weaknesses that prevent the child from learning new skills, taking into account the child's motivation to respond, ability to attend to complex environmental stimuli, ability to generalize skills, and tendency to spontaneously use those skills. Once you have recorded the child's scores, you can use the Protocol to develop an individualized curriculum with concrete, actionable educational objectives. The skills tracking grids included in the Protocol allows you to observe and document the child's progress in acquiring targeted skills. It provides explicit criteria for the completion of each objective. Each item in the Protocol details the additional materials necessary to assess that particular skill.
The Scoring Instructions and IEP Development Guide explains how to score the Protocol and complete the skills tracking grids. It also offers strategies to help parents, educators, and other professionals apply the information obtained from the completed Protocol in developing an effective Individualized Education Program (IEP) for the child.
With a particular emphasis on language skills, the ABLLS-R gives you assessment, intervention, and skills tracking in one convenient package.
Note: The ABLLS-R Guide must be purchased and read prior to using the ABLLS-R Protocol. The Guide is required for proper administration and assessment.