ABAS-II – Adaptive Behaviour Assessment System

The Adaptive Behaviour Assessment System, Second Edition (ABAS-II) is a multidimensional and standardised assessment tool used to assess the functional skills necessary for daily living of individuals between 0 to 89 years of age. ABAS-II assess the following skill areas:

  • Communication: speech language and communication skills needed for communication with others
  • Community use: skills needed for functioning in the community
  • Functional academics: functional pre-academics and academics
  • School/home living: skills needed for basic care of a home/living or school/classroom setting
  • Health and safety: skills needed for protection of health and to respond to illness and injury
  • Leisure: skills needed for engaging in and planning leisure and recreational activities
  • Self-care: skills needed for personal care
  • Self-direction: skills needed for independence, responsibility and self control
  • Social: skills needed to interact socially and get along with other people
  • Motor: basic fine and gross motor skills needed for locomotion, manipulation of the environment and development of more complex activities
  • Work: skills needed for successful functioning and holding a part- or full-time job in a work setting

The ABAS-II includes five rating forms to be completed by a Parent/Primary Caregiver (ages 0-5), Parent Form (ages 5-21), Teacher/Daycare Provider Form (ages 2-5), Teacher Form (ages 5-21), and Adult Form (ages 16-89). Information obtained from the ABAS-II are used by psychologists to aid with the diagnosis of disabilities and disorders, identify strengths and weaknesses, and document and monitor an individual’s progress over time.