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Formal Assessment Tools

Given the challenge that I was facing with some of my students in regards to cognitive skills, it was only natural that I use the other formal assessments I had recently been introduced to. Previously in this guide, I mentioned Dr. Ross Greene, a psychologist from Harvard who specializes in children with challenging behaviors.  
Dr. Greene developed an assessment called the ALSUP, or the Assessment of Lagging Skills and Unsolved Problems. This assessment is used to identify skills that have not developed or fully matured to the point that they are functioning and able to aid the individual.  The table below is a synopsis of what these skills may appear as to an outsider: 
As cumbersome as it may seem, I repeated all of the formal assessments used initially in the beginning of the year.  Included in my laundry list of formal assessment tools are the following: a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA), an Antecedent, Behavior, Consequence Chart (ABC chart), a duration recording chart, and a scatter plot template.   I did, however, complete the ALSUP first and then proceed with the others.  Completing the other assessments again after the ALSUP gave me a chance to change my lense and not be as subjective with my student.  In other words, I was not just looking for maladaptive behaviors or trends, but was viewing the whole student.  
After reading the paragraph above, you may be wondering what some of the assessments are.  Here’s another table to make it as easy as possible:
What It Does 
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Functional Behavior Assessment
An FBA is a systematic approach to understanding and determining the underlying causes for certain behaviors.  It involves a series of questions that help to derive answers and implement an action plan.
Antecedent, Behavior, Consequence Chart 
A log used to determine the triggers and consequences of a behavior.
Duration Recording Chart
A form used to document how much time a student is engaging in behaviors.
Scatter Plot 
A scatter plot is used to look for the clustering of behaviors in order to determine a pattern in behaviors.  It is most frequently used alongside an ABC chart.