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James W. Partington, Ph.D., BCBA-D, creator of the ABLLS®-R and Michael M. Mueller, Ph.D., BCBA-D have partnered to present:

AFLS – The Assessment of Functional Living Skills

The Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS) has the ease, look, and familiarity of the ABLLS®-R extended to necessary skills of independence in Home, School, and Community Settings.

The Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS) consists of three different components:

  • The AFLS Guide
  • Four individually available assessment modules
  • A teaching companion for each module that contains task analyses, teaching suggestions, and prompting strategies for each skill

Each assessment module is a standalone assessment protocol. Mix and match the modules you need to meet the needs of your learner. Use all 4 modules for a comprehensive assessment of functional skills across all areas of daily life. Bundle multiple modules and customize the perfect assessment for your setting and situation.

Although each assessment protocol can be used as a standalone assessment, we conceptualize all protocols as being different modules of an extended assessment that exists on a continuum spanning throughout a learner’s life in home, school, and community settings.  Each module is different yet each is connected by unifying themes and overarching goals for maximizing a learner’s freedom, independence, and opportunities.

The skills that will be assessed along with the locations of the assessments and teaching environments will vary depending on the learner’s age, level of disability, language ability, living arrangements, school setting, and other considerations.  For example, a 3-year-old boy recently diagnosed with autism, with no formal language, just entering the school system and living at home with his family, can be assessed and taught the skills in the AFLS.  These functional and everyday life skills can be taught to increase independence at his home, in his new school setting, and out in the community.

Basic Living Skill Module

Basic self-help, self-care, self-management, hygiene, routines, and core communication skills are assessed in this module.  The skills assessed in The Basic Living Skills Assessment Protocol should be thought of as a prerequisite for any functional skills program for any learner regardless of age, setting, or disability.  These essential skills, if not mastered, will have a profound impact on a learner’s ability to live independently, to be successful in school, and to take advantage of various social and recreational activities throughout the learner’s life. The basic living skills modules are:

  • Self Management
  • Basic Communication
  • Dressing
  • Toileting
  • Grooming
  • Bathing
  • Health, Safety & First Aid
  • Nighttime Routines

Home Skills Module

Whether the learner is living with parents, living in a supported facility, living in a group home or living independently or with roommates, the Home Skills Assessment Protocol provides an essential review of skills required for living in a home.  Basic and advanced home skills of preparing and eating meals at home, cleaning tasks around the home, clothing, laundry, leisure skills, and the day-to-day mechanics of living in a home are assessed.  Home skills module includes:

  • Meals at Home
  • Dishes
  • Clothing and Laundry
  • Housekeeping and Chores
  • Household Mechanics
  • Leisure
  • Kitchen
  • Cooking

Community Participation Module

Participating in the community begins with learning to physically navigate safely around all the common aspects of sidewalks, streets, and signs along with people encountered while walking or while being transported.  To be able to independently shop in grocery and department stores, shop at the mall, and eat at fast food or sit-down restaurants requires a wide variety of skills.  The ability to tell time and use time related concepts, making and keeping appointments, using a phone, and other skills to help learners stay connected and interact with others in the community are also assessed in this module.  Community Participation Skills Module includes:

  • Basic Mobility
  • Community Knowledge
  • Shopping
  • Meals in Public
  • Money
  • Phone
  • Time
  • Social Awareness and Manners

School Skills Module

It is important for a learner to be an active participant in a variety of skills, routines, and social situations in educational settings. These skills are essential in striving for independence and successful functioning in different types of classrooms, in all parts of the school campus, and with peers and various staff. This assessment covers all age levels of education (i.e., elementary school, middle school, high school, college). It also incorporates skills that are necessary in a wide range of classroom environments (i.e., special day classes, "pull out" classrooms, inclusion, regular education), and considers the individual's level of development (e.g., language, behavior, and cognitive abilities).

The School Skills Protocol includes:

  • Classroom Mechanics
  • Routines and Expectations
  • Meals at School
  • Social Skills
  • Technology
  • Common Knowledge
  • Core Academics
  • Applied Academics

Future Modules Coming Soon:

Vocational Skills Module
Independent Living Skills Module

The AFLS is comprised a Guide and Three Unique Protocols:

The AFLS Guide provides information about the features of the AFLS, how to correctly score items, and how to develop program goals and objectives that clearly define and target the needs of the learner.

The AFLS Protocols are used to score performance on the task items that allow for the tracking of a variety of specific skills that are included in each assessment.  Each Protocol includes a set of grids that comprise a skills tracking system that makes it possible to observe and document the learner’s progress in the acquisition of skills.

The AFLS is sold in various sets that include the AFLS Guide and any combination of the three Protocols to ensure that parents and professionals have the instructions as to how to use the AFLS.  Additional protocols can be purchased separately by individuals who have purchased (and registered) a copy of the AFLS Guide.

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