Checklist of Adaptive Living Skills

Administration & Scoring
Technical Qualities
  • Benefits


    • Useful as a program planning tool
    • Flexible administration options allow users to administer all or parts of the assessment to best fit their needs
    • Identifies the precise behavioral skills the learner has mastered and those that should be acquired in order to achieve greater independence
    • Behaviors cover the continuum of development from infancy to adulthood
    • Each behavior in CALS corresponds instructional unit in the Adaptive Living Skills Curriculum
  • Administration & Scoring


    Administration time for the CALS is approximately 60 minutes.

    CALS and ALSC look at approximately 800 specific behaviors organized into skill modules in four broad domains in the CALS including: Personal Living Skills, Home Living Skills, Community Living Skills, and Employment Skills.


    CALS is the ideal planning tool. It determines instructional needs, develops individual training objectives, and provides a continuous record of progress. CALS is also a comprehensive evaluation tool that targets specific skills needed, leads directly to prescription, and links assessment to instruction.

  • Technical Qualities

    Technical Qualities


    CALS was field tested nationally on 627 individuals ranging from infancy to over 40 years. Fifty percent of the sample had disabilities; the other fifty- percent of the sample did not have disabilities.

    Reliability and Validity

    Internal consistencies for CALS range from .74 to .99 for persons without disabilities, .79 to .97 for persons with disabilities. Split-half reliabilities range from .67 to .96 for persons without disabilities, .65 to .96 for persons with disabilities. Criterion-related validity correlating CALS skill modules with SIB and ICAP range from .56 to .94.

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