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BAS Recommended Functional Eligibility Instruments for People with Autism


This resource provides information on various instruments that are designed to assess functional eligibility for individuals with autism. All of these specific instruments are recommended by the Bureau of Autism Services.

Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales-III

Domains Measured:

Communication (Receptive, Expressive, Written), Daily Living Skills (Personal, Domestic, Community), Socialization (Interpersonal Relationships, Play and Leisure Time, Coping Skills), Motor Skills (Fine and Gross), Optional Maladaptive Behavior Index (Internalizing, Externalizing, Other)


Interview and Parent/- Caregiver Form: Birth-90; Teacher Form: 3-22 years

Scales of Independent Behavior (SIB-R)

Domains Measured:

Adaptive: Motor Skills (Fine & Gross Motor), Social Interaction and Communication Skills (Social interaction, Expressive & Receptive Language), Personal Living Skills (Eating and Meal Preparation, Toileting & Self-Care, Dressing, Domestic Skills), Community Living Skills (Time and Punctuality, Money and value, Work Skills, Home / Community Orientation); Problem Behaviors: Internalized, Asocial, Externalized


3 months-80 + years

Adaptive Behavior Assessment System (ABAS)-III

Domains Measured:

Conceptual Skill (Communication, Functional Academics, Self-Direction), Social Skill (Social Skill, Leisure), Practical Domain (Community Use, Home/School Living, Health and Safety, Self-Care)


Parent/Primary Caregiver Form (Ages 0–5), Teacher/Daycare Provider Form (Ages 2–5), Parent Form (Ages 5–21), Teacher Form (Ages 5–21), Adult Form (Ages 16–89)

Please visit www.paautism.org/instruments for additional information and resources that will help in selecting the tool you need.

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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.