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Adaptive Behavior Evaluations

Adaptive behavior is a critical measure when assessing students who have or are suspected of having autism spectrum disorder (Volkmar, et al., 2014). The use of a formal adaptive behavior measure allows the assessment team to determine the student’s level of functioning in daily tasks required to be successful in the home, community, and workplace. Tassé et al. (2012) have provided a thorough explanation on the use of the adaptive behavior construct and its contribution to a broader understanding of intellectual disability.

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Adaptive Behavior Assessment System – Third Edition (ABAS-3)

Adaptive Behavior

The Adaptive Behavior Assessment System – Third Edition (ABAS-III; Harrison & Oakland, 2015) uses a behavior rating format to assess adaptive behavior and related skills for individuals from 0 through 89 years of age. Information on children may be provided by parents and/or teachers; information on adults may be provided by significant others, care providers, supervisors, and/or the client him/herself.

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Scales of Independent Behavior – Revised (SIB-R)

Adaptive Behavior

The Scales of Independent Behavior – Revised (SIB-R; Bruininks, Woodcock, Weatherman, & Hill, 1996) is a comprehensive, norm-referenced assessment of adaptive and problem behaviors.

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Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales – Second Edition (VinelandTM-II)

Adaptive Behavior

The Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales – Second Edition (Vineland-IITM; Sparrow, Cicchetti, & Balla, 2005) is a measure of personal and social skills needed for everyday life.

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