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Individualized Skill Assessments/Scales

Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS)

by Eric Schopler, Ph.D., Robert J. Reichler, M.D., and Barbara Rochen Renner, Ph.D.

This 15-item behavior rating scale helps to identify children with autism and to distinguish them from developmentally handicapped children who are not autistic. In addition, it distinguishes mild-to-moderate from severe autism. Brief, convenient, and suitable for use with any child over 2 years of age, the Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS) makes it much easier for clinicians and educators to recognize and classify autistic children.

Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales Developmental Profile (CSBS DP™)

by Amy M. Wetherby, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, & Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

This norm-referenced screening and evaluation tool helps determine the communicative competence (use of eye gaze, gestures, sounds, words, understanding, and play) of children with a functional communication age between 6 months and 24 months (chronological age from about 6 months to 6 years).

The Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (The VB-MAPP)

by Mark L. Sundburg, Ph.D., BCBA

A criterion-referenced assessment tool, curriculum guide, and skill tracking system that is designed for children with autism, and other individuals who demonstrate language delays. The VB-MAPP is based on B.F. Skinner’s (1957) analysis of verbal behavior, established developmental milestones, and research from the field of behavior analysis.

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.

The Preschool and Kindergarten Behavior Scales (PKBS-2)

by Kenneth W. Merrel

The PKBS-2 is a behavior rating scale designed for use in evaluating social skills and problem behaviors for preschool and kindergarten age children, ages 3 through 6 years. The PKBS-2 includes items in two scales: Social Skills (34 items) and Problem Behavior (42 items). Both of these scales comprise empirically derived subscales that are useful in identifying specific clusters of social skills and problem behaviors.

The Child Development Inventory Profile (CDI)

by Harold Ireton, PhD

The CDI is a research based parent questionnaire that obtains, through parent report, present development of their child, including the child’s strengths and possible need areas. The 270 developmental items of the CDI are grouped to form scales including: Social, Self Help, Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Expressive Language, Language comprehension, Letters, Numbers and General Development. The CDI represents a child’s scores in relation to age norms.

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