Direct Training & Generalization: Pre-Assessments

No-Cost PEAK Pre-Assessments

Why?

To promote increased access to more effective ABA assessment and treatment options for individuals with autism and related disorders, PEAK is proud to offer free downloads of the entire Direct Training AND the Generalization Modules’ Pre-Assessments.

These Pre-Assessments were recently constructed in the spring of 2017 to serve as a fast and easy to implement direct therapist-client assessment tools which sets the course for more in-depth assessment with the full Direct Training & Generalization Module Assessments instrument found in the actual PEAK books.  Future printings of the Direct Training & Generalization Modules will eventually contain these pre-assessments.

Each entire pre-assessment will take about 15 minutes to administer.

The entire therapist script, scoring tool, and all needed stimuli are provided in these free downloads.

Now every child receiving ABA services can be screened with these standard instruments to provide a score of their abilities before, during, and after treatment has taken place.

 

What do you do?

Print out the documents, or transfer them to a PDF reader and implement with your clients. If you print out the test booklets, you can assemble them as double-sided spiral bound flip books to make administration extremely easy.  During administration, you face the child across at a table or on the floor and read your script on your side of the book, while the child sees the relevant stimuli on their side of the book.   If you use a PDF reader and an iPAD, you may need to manipulate the image rotations and sequencing to optimize delivery on specific devices.

Once a score is obtained for each of the 4 PEAK Direct-Training or Generalization Factors, use the information to guide completion of the more comprehensive PEAK-DT & G 184 item assessments.

 

Don’t Use PEAK?

If you do not use PEAK yet, these pre-assessments are still a great tool to evaluate the basic language repertoire of your clients in whatever type of ABA you deliver, and the progress the clients make over time.

The pre-assessments should be administered at 6 month to 1 year intervals.  They are designed to be delivered on EXTINCTION.  That means no feedback or error correction at anytime. Obviously you could deliver non-contingent reinforcement for task completion when necessary.

 

Where are the Downloads?

DIRECT TRAINING MODULE

PEAK Direct Training Module Pre-Assessment Test (note: very big file) Download

PEAK Direct Training Module Pre-Assessment Scoring Guide Download

GENERALIZATION MODULE

PEAK Generalization Module Pre-Assessment Test (note: very big file) Download

PEAK Generalization Module Pre-Assessment Scoring Guide Download

PEAK Generalization Module Pre-Assessment Learner Response Booklet Download

New to PEAK?

Here are the details.  The PEAK system contains four learning modules.  The Direct Training module focuses on teaching basic verbal operants (tact, mand, intraverbal, echoic), and expanding into more complex forms of these responses (extensions, metaphors, audience control, autoclitics).   This module also contains programs for teaching the basic social skills, wh questions, feature-function-class, and academic tasks.  The DT module has been shown to correlate with IQ, expressive and  receptive language tests, the VB-MAPP, and the ABBLS.  Furthermore, the DT module has been age-normed to about 8-9 years old.  This means a learner in the age range of 18 months – 9 years of age neurotypical is appropriate for the DT module.  The Generalization Module has been age-normed to neurotypical 11 years old.  It contains many common-core standard targets such as complex language skills (blending verbal operants into single utterances), perception (time and function sequencing), tolerance to delays, functional motor tasks (basketball, painting, dancing), and creative behavior.

These Pre-Assessments are fast & extremely easy to use tools that provides direct evidence of the presence or absence of tacts, mands, echoics, social behavior, metaphors, math abilities, word recognition and other various skills.  Plus, evaluate how well these skills generalize to various novel stimuli, motor tasks, and verbal responses.

These Pre-assessments should be used as first steps towards gaining a more comprehensive account of a full repertoire, which can be assessed further and then targeted for intervention using the PEAK curriculum or other approaches.