Curriculum Assessment and Skill Acquisition Programming
Continuum utilizes Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to build programming based on each individual learner’s needs. Our curriculum is based on standardized tools and individualized to target skill areas in the following:
Communication, Academic, Pre academic, Daily Living, Vocational, Recreational/Leisure, Social, Visual Performance, and Behavioral. Data is collected and analyzed daily on each individual program to evaluate success.
The following assessments are commonly used within our practice:
ABLLS-R, AFLS and VB-MAPP Assessments
All effective ABA/VB programs are based on systematic evaluation of the child’s abilities and the development of a structured treatment program. ABLLS-R stands for Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills – Revised. The ABLLS-R is a device for assessing skills in children with language and learning deficits and is most commonly used when developing a behavioral program for children on the autism spectrum.
Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills- Revised (ABLLS-R)
All effective ABA/VB programs are based on systematic evaluation of the child’s abilities and the development of a structured treatment program. The ABLLS-R is a device for assessing skills in children with language and learning deficits and is most commonly used when developing a behavioral program for children on the autism spectrum. The ABLLS-R has many advantages in guiding the development of a program for a child with language deficits. It is an assessment, curriculum guide and skills tracking system. The ABLLS-R contains a task analysis of the many skills necessary to communicate successfully and to learn from everyday experiences. The overall goal of the ABLLS-R is the accurate summarization of the child’s skills in order to facilitate an accurate and meaningful treatment program.
Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS)
The AFLS is comprised of six unique assessment protocols that assess functional, practical, and essential skills of everyday life. There is the Basic Living Skills Module, Home Skills Module, Independent Living Skills Module, School Skills, Module, Vocational Skills Module, and the Community Participation Module. Although each assessment protocol can be used as a standalone assessment, all protocols can be used as different modules of an extended assessment that exists on a continuum spanning throughout a learner’s life in home, school, and community settings. Each module is different yet each is connected by unifying themes and overarching goals for maximizing a learner’s freedom, independence, and opportunities (see Behavior Analysts, Inc). Through the initial assessment process, your consultant will identify which modules or parts of modules will be utilized.
Verbal Behavioral Milestones and Placement Program (VB-MAPP)
The VB-MAPP is 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. There are five components of the VB-MAPP, and collectively they provide a baseline level of performance, a direction for intervention, a system for tracking skill acquisition, a tool for outcome measures and other language research projects, and a framework for curriculum planning. Each of the skills in the VB-MAPP is not only measurable and developmentally balanced, but they are balanced across the verbal operants and other related skills. The VB-MAPP balances the curriculum in an attempt to avoid the common trap of developing rote responding due to deficiencies in the related verbal repertoires.