Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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Panel #208
Spotlight on Behavioral Technology: The Assessment of Basic Learning Abilities
Sunday, May 30, 2010
1:30 PM–2:20 PM
217C (CC)
Area: DDA; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
Chair: Holly Seniuk (University of Nevada, Reno)
W. LARRY WILLIAMS (University of Nevada, Reno)
TOBY L. MARTIN (St. Amant Research Centre, University of Manitoba)
Abstract: This is the first Spotlight on Behavioral Technology panel of the Professional Development Series organized by the student committee members of ABAI. This year, the spotlight will focus on the Assessment of Basic Learning Abilities (ABLA). This panel brings together experts who have contributed greatly to the knowledge and further development of the ABLA. The panel members will discuss the development of the ABLA, research that has been conducted with the ABLA, and its clinical utility. The ABLA began in 1977 as The Auditory Visual Combined Discrimination Test developed by Kerr, Meyerson & Flora. Its purpose was to test the difficulty at which individuals with intellectual disabilities exhibited when learning to perform one simple and five two-choice discrimination tasks. This test later became known as the Assessment of Basic Learning Abilities (ABLA) and is used in determining the complexity level of tasks that should be taught to individuals with intellectual disabilities.



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