In ABA, we use a lot of different assessments to determine our learners’ strengths and where they may need more help. In this podcast episode, we go over the most common ABA assessments and how to know which one to use. Assessments provide us with a starting point. They are a measurement of a learner’s progress and help us determine their individual goals. We always start with an assessment, but we also continue to use assessments throughout teaching.
Types of ABA Assessments
One of the biggest misconceptions about assessments is that they’re the same as a curriculum, and we discuss why this isn’t the case in the podcast episode. Teaching to assessments creates cookie-cutter programs, and good ABA involves customizing interventions to our learners’ unique needs. Some of the most common assessments include ABLLS-R and VB-MAPP, and we compare and contrast the two. We also discuss the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) and why it’s good for early learners, why you shouldn’t outsource assessments to RBTs, information on PEAK, and tips for how to complete a successful assessment.
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- The importance of ABA assessments.
- When and how to use the ABLLS-R and VB-MAPP assessments.
- Tips for completing a successful assessment.