Adaptive Behavior Assessment System-II: Clinical Use and Interpretation

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Thomas Oakland, Patti L. Harrison
Academic Press, Oct 10, 2011 - Education - 432 pages
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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.

* 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
 

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Contents

ABASII AND ADAPTIVE SKILL AREAS
51
ABASII AND ASSESSMENT ACROSS AGE RANGES
267
ABASII AND ASSESSMENT FOR SPECIAL POPULATIONS
331

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Thomas D. Oakland, PhD is University of Florida Research Foundation Professor. He is President of the International Foundation for Children s Education and past-presidents of the International School Psychology Association and the International Test Commission. He has worked in more than 40 countries. Dr. Oakland has authored more than 180 chapters and articles, and five psychological tests. His authored, coauthored, and edited books include Auditory perception: Diagnosis and development for language and reading abilities, Assessing minority group children, Nonbiased assessment of minority group children. Psychological and educational assessment of minority children, Divorced fathers. International perspectives on psychology in the schools, Identification of gifted and talented students in Texas, International perspectives on assessment of academic achievement, Student Styles Questionnaire: Classroom Applications Booklet, and Standards for educational and psychological testing. He is a licensed psychologist and board certified in school psychology, neuropsychology, and as a forensic examiner. He has an active clinical practice and testifies frequently. His interests center on psychological and educational characteristics of children and youth, test development and use, international issues, legal and professional issues, and professionalism. He is the recipient of Distinguished Service Awards from American Psychological Association s Division of School Psychology and the International School Psychology Association and received the 2002 National Association of School Psychology s Legend Award. Dr. Oakland received American Psychological Association s 2003 Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Advancement of Psychology Internationally.

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