The VB-MAPP is a criterion-referenced assessment - it is not a standardized (norm referenced) assessment. The Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) is an assessment and skills-tracking system to assess the language, learning and social skills of children with autism or other developmental disabilities. Completing the assessment typically takes between four to ten hours, depending on the child, the level of the skills or problem areas the child has, and the child's ability to interact with the therapist administering the test. Of course, the VB-MAPP is just one tool that we use. VB-MAPP Milestones Assessment — designed to provide a representative sample of a child's existing verbal and related skills. The assessment contains 170 measurable learning and language milestones that are sequenced and balanced across 3 developmental levels (0-18 months, 18-30 months, and 30-48 months). The first section of the VB-MAPP is Milestones Assessment. It measures for sixteen domains in three levels: Mand (the speaker asks for what he wants).
Items on the VB-MAPP are assessed by direct testing, observation, either direct testing or observation, or timed observation.
There are 170 milestones and approximately 1000 total tasks in the VB-MAPP task analysis. The task analysis form also allows for more detailed skill tracking. Building a whole repertoire, not just individual skills (e. g., mand, tact, M-T- S repertoires).
A mand is essentially a request. A child mands when the motivation is high for an item, activity or information. For example, a thirsty child says “water” while reaching for a cup of water. This would be considered a mand.
MLA Citation VB-MAPP Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment And Placement Program: A Language And Social Skills Assessment Program For Children With Autism Or Other Developmental Disabilities : Guide. Concord, CA : AVB Press, 2008. Print.
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