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Autism Social Skills:

Assessment of Basic Language Learning Skills

The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (The ABLLS) developed by Mark Sundberg, Ph.D. and James Partington, Ph.D., is an assessment, curriculum guide, and skills tracking system for children with developmental disabilities. The ABLLS contains an applied behavior task analysis of the many pre-requisite and requisite skills necessary to communicate successfully and to learn from the natural occurring environment.

The ABLLS is comprised of two entities:

The first is the Basic Learners Skills Protocol, which is used to assess children across communicative, behavioral, functional, pre-academic/academic skills and autism social skills.

The second is the ABLLS IEP Development Guide with criterion referenced information regarding a child’s current skills and a curriculum that can serve as a basis for the selection of educational objectives.

The ABLLS Protocol also provides a graphic representation of a skills tracking system that makes it possible to observe and document the child’s progress in the acquisition of critical skills to determine therapy for autism.

Assessment sections include:

Attention/Cooperation, Visual Performance, Receptive Language, Imitation, Gross and Fine Motor Skills, Vocal Imitation, Requests (Manding), Labeling (Tacting), Intraverbals (Conversation), Spontaneous Vocalizations, Grammar/Syntax, Play, and Social Interaction. Academic skills such as Reading, Math, Writing, Spelling, Group Instruction and Classroom Routines are also measured. Adaptive daily living and self-help skills, such as Dressing, Eating, Grooming, and Toileting, are assessed as well