ERIC Number: ED201149
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Assessment, Documentation and Programming for Adaptive Behavior: An Iowa Task Force Report.
Sargent, Laurence R.; And Others
The task force report examines the civil rights, definitional issues, assessment, classification, and placement issues related to the adaptive behavior deficiencies of mild mentally disabled pupils in Iowa. Specific sections speak to the following areas: the adaptive behavior issue, functions of the task force on adaptive behavior, suggestions for expanding the definitions of mental disabilities and adaptive behavior, classification of a mental disability via comprehensive assessment procedures and approaches to assessing adaptive behavior, placement considerations including reporting and programing for adaptive behavior on the individualized education program, the need for a continuum of services for the mildly retarded, and the review and the reevaluation process. A major task force conclusion is that adaptive behavior should no longer be neglected in the assessment and placement of children classified as mentally disabled, that adaptive behavior should be assessed carefully and thoroughly, that no placements should be made without considering adaptive behavior data and a full continuum of placement options, and that each child's program should focus on adaptive behavior deficiencies as well as academic deficits. Appended are suggestions for selecting tests, an annotated listing of assessment instruments, and a staffing team checklist for placing mildly mentally disabled children. (DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Dept. of Public Instruction, Des Moines. Div. of Special Education.
Identifiers: Adaptive Behavior Assessment; Iowa