This book summarizes information on adaptive behavior and skills as well as general issues in adaptive behavior assessment with the goal of promoting sound assessment practice during uses, interpretations, and applications of the Adaptive Behavior Assessment System-II. Adaptive behavior and skills refer to personal qualities associated with the ability to meet one’s personal needs such as communication, self-care, socialization, etc. and those of others. Data from measures of adaptive behavior have been used most commonly in assessment and intervention services for persons with mental retardation. However, the display of adaptive behaviors and skills is relevant to all persons. The Adaptive Behavior Assessment System-II (ABAS-II) provides a comprehensive, norm-referenced assessment of the adaptive behavior and skills of individuals from birth through age 89. The comprehensive natures of the ABAS-II, ease in administration and scoring, and wide age range have resulted in its widespread use for a large number of assessment purposes. The book provides practical information and thus serves as a valuable resource for those who use the ABAS-II.

Key Features

* Assists in the functional use of the ABAS-II * Provides case studies illustrating use of the ABAS-II in comprehensive assessment and intervention planning * Reviews scholarship on adaptive behaviors and skills * Describes legal, ethical, and other professional standards and guidelines that apply to the use of the ABAS-II and other measures of adaptive behavior * Discusses the use of the ABAS-II with autism, mental retardation; young children and those in elementary and secondary school; as well as incarcerated persons being evaluated for possible mental retardation


Psychologists using the Adaptive Behavior Assessment System-II.

Table of Contents

Preface Chapter 1 Adaptive Behaviors and Skills: An Introduction Thomas Oakland and Patti L. Harrison Chapter 2 Professional and Legal Issues in Adaptive Behavior Assessment Thomas Oakland and Patti L. Harrison Chapter 3 ABAS-II Assessment Methods Patti L. Harrison and Thomas Oakland Section II: ABAS-II AND ADAPTIVE SKILL AREAS Chapter 4 Communication Skills G. Richmond Mancil and Betsy Vinson Chapter 5 Skills Important to Community Use Stacy K. Dymond Chapter 6 Functional Academic Adaptive Skills Melissa A. Miller and Nicole Fenty Chapter 7 School and Home Living Adaptive Skills Daniel E. Steere, Heather Garrison, and Joyce Burgener Chapter 8 Health and Safety Adaptive Skill Area Martin Agran, Fred Spooner and Tracie-Lynn Zakas Chapter 9 The Use of Leisure Time Dr. Robert Beland Chapter 10 Promoting Self-care Skills Monica A. Wallace and Marisa W. Shubert Chapter 11 Social Skills Kristy Lee Park, Sheldon Loman, and Melissa Miller Chapter 12 ABAS-II and Work Skills and Attitudes Kagendo Mutua Chapter 13 Motor Functioning and Adaptive Behavior Sarah A. Schoen and Lucy Jane Miller Section III: ABAS-II AND ASSESSMENT ACROSS AGE RANGES Chapter 14 Using the ABAS-II with Infants, Toddlers, and Presch


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About the editors

Thomas Oakland

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA

Patti Harrison

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA