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ABLLS - The Tool of Choice

The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS) is a criterion-referenced assessment (not a norm-referenced assessment) that measures current skills of a child. This assessment helps design your home program and is an excellent tool for developing an IFSP or IEP. It is best to complete the ABLLS as soon as possible so that you can get your home program started.

ABLLS is a set of over 400 questions designed to track your child’s progress in various skill areas: communication, social awareness, play, and academic. There are 25 sections to the assessment. Each section contains 12 – 52 questions. Each question is rated with a score of 1, 2 or 4. The score correlates to a box in a chart. The chart helps you track skills and progress. Below is a small example of the chart.

As you can see, some of the boxes are filled with two different shades of gray. One shade might be red and the other blue.

The ABLLS is given every three to six months so the different shadings represent a different assessment period.

Once filled out (especially the first page), the ABLLS represents the skill set of a five-year-old child.