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1 VB-MAPP Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program
2 What is it??? A criterion-referenced assessment Based on the B.F. Skinner’s functional analysis of language/verbal behaviorDeveloped by Dr. Mark SundbergDesigned to provide a representative sample of a child’s existing verbal and related skills170 Milestones from 16 skill areas over 3 Developmental levelsAlso includes:Barriers AssessmentTransition Assessment
3 For whom is this appropriate? Students with language delays that significantly impact their learningYoung childrenStudents with moderate to severe learning impairmentsIndividuals with developmental language abilities at or below 48 months. (4 years)
4 Who can give this test?The assessment uses verbal behavior terms so it is important for the tester to have a functional understanding of behavioral principles, VB, basic linguistic structure, etc.But it doesn’t have to be an SLP…And it doesn’t have to be just one person.
5 How do I give this test? Formal administration of test items Direct observation of childInterviews with parents and others who know the child well (p17)A list of suggested materials is presented on pages 21 & 22 of the guide.
6 What is it good for?Ascertaining developmental language abilities and needsDocumentation of student progress over timeIdentifying factors that may hinder a child’s progressHighlighting factors for consideration in determining least restrictive environment
7 What does it measure? 16 Milestones Mands Tacts Intraverbals Echoics Motor ImitationReading (Textual Behavior)Spelling (Transcription)Listener RespondingListener Responding by Function, Feature, and Class (LRFFC)Visual Perceptual/Match to Sample (VP-MTS)Independent PlaySocial Behavior & Social playSpontaneous Vocal BehaviorClassroom Routines & Group SkillsLinguistic StructureMath
8 BARRIERS ASSESSMENTIdentifies factors which may be impeding a child’s progress towards learning and language acquisition.24 factors, described with scoring instructions beginning on page 99 of your manualUses 0-4 pt scaleIdentified factors can be directly addressed through learning objectives, etc.
9 TRANSITION ASSESSMENT There are 18 measurable areas identified on that can help educators and parents make decisions and set priorities.Looks at 3 main categories of performanceVB-MAPP scores and academic independenceLearning patternsSelf-help, spontaneity, and self-directionsUses 0-5 pt scaleDoes not attempt to determine placement for a child, repeatedly states that this is the responsibility of the IEP teamIn general, higher scores indicate a greater potential for success and independence in a less restrictive environment
10 Milestones Assessment Scoring Assign a score of 0, ½, 1 based on criteria given in the guideScores are recorded for each item and for the whole section in the protocol and transferred onto the Master Scoring Form
11 Barriers Assessment Scoring Assign a score from 0 to 4 based on criteria identified for each barrier.Transfer scores from each barrier to the Barriers Assessment Scoring Form
12 Transition Assessment Scoring Assign a score from 0-5 based on criteria identified for each itemSome scores come from the Milestones or Barriers assessmentTransfer scores from each item to the Transition Scoring Form
13 Interpreting the Results Chapters 8, 9 & 10 provide information on how to interpret the results and use them to:Determine the general level of the childShow strengths and weaknessLook for balance across skill areasDetermine appropriate teaching styleWrite IEP goals
14 How are they Similar & How are they Different??? ABLLS-R vs VB-MAPPHow are they Similar &How are they Different???
15 A BRIEF HISTORYTeaching Verbal Behavior to the Developmentally Disabled(1990)Dr. Mark SundbergAssessment of BasicLanguage and Learning Skills (ABLLS)(1998)Dr. Mark Sundberg & Dr. James PartingtonAssessment of BasicLanguage and Learning Skills-Revised(ABLLS-R)(2006)Dr. James PartingtonVerbal Behavior MilestonesAssessment and Placement Program(VB-MAPP)(2008)Dr. Mark Sundberg
16 SIMILARITIES Authors who have partnered closely together Both focus strongly on assessment of verbal operant skills, with other skills assessed on an almost secondary basisBoth measure multiple facets of languageBoth are criterion-referenced assessmentsBoth are assessed through observation, interview and direct administration of test items.Both have partial mastery options for specific skills
17 SIMILARITIES (cont.)Both include graph formats for charting a child’s progressBoth are designed to be administered periodically (often annually but does not have to be) to a single child and change over time noted on the original graphBoth contain one protocol and one guide.Both are copyrighted.
18 DIFFERENCES VB-MAPP has 170 milestones across 16 skill areas ABLLS-R has close to 500 individual skills assessed over 25 areasVB-MAPP addresses developmental milestonesABLLS-R addresses discrete skillsVB-MAPP presents milestones in a hierarchical mannerABLLS-R presents some skills in a developmental hierarchy but not allVB-MAPP allows you to stop administering items is student is not able to complete 3 sequential skillsABLLS-R all test items should be administered or considered
19 DIFFERENCES (cont.)VB-MAPP scoring criteria must be referenced in the manualABLLS-R scoring criteria is right on the formVB-MAPP includes the barriers and transition assessmentsABLLS-R does not, though does look at some of the equivalent components of these assessmentsVB-MAPP includes specific echoics to test, but does not list out other specific itemsABLLS-R has assessment items lists in the appendicesVB-MAPP presents IEP development guidelinesABLLS-R presents criteria in a way that can be fairly easily translated to measureable instructional objectives for IEPs