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Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales

Administered by Harper Parkey

Child: Michael
Date of Evaluation: March 19th, 2014
School: Cherokee Bend Elementary
Date of Birth: May 3rd, 2014
Chronological Age: 5 years, 10 months,
16 days
Background and Referral Information
Michael is a very bright young boy who is in Kindergarten, who enjoys
reading and art. He loves playing outside with his older siblings and often
tries to imitate their behavior. You can often find him playing soccer in the
backyard or running around with the familys golden retriever. The reason for
testing is to give the student practice in administering the Vineland Adaptive
Behavior Scales.
Test Administered
The Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales is a pencil and paper interview style
test that is used to measure a particular individuals adaptive functioning. It
considered valid and reliable and is used to help diagnose mental
retardation, developmental delays, autism, and Aspergers syndrome. The
authors of the VABS are Sarah Sparrow, PhD., Domenic Cicchetti PhD., and
David Balla.
Test Conditions
The interview was conducted between 4-5 pm at the mothers (responders)
home. It was a warmer sunny day, so we sat on the back patio while the four
children played in the backyard or worked on homework inside. Just prior to
the interview, the mother picked up the children from school. Following the
interview, the mother was going to be preparing dinner for her family. Spring
Break was also rapidly approaching, so the mother had a lot on her to do list.
The mother was very relaxed about the test though and she did not probe for
results. If anything, there may be some responder bias because the mother
does love her child and think very highly of him. Although the environment
was somewhat chaotic because of four children, the mother overall had a
very relaxed and casual demeanor.

The individual being tested scored above average (average=100) in every

category. This indicates high adaptive functioning, which more than likely
excludes him from being considered for a developmental delay or special
education. In almost every domain he was above the 90th percentile, which
means he scored higher than ninety percent of other children his age.
Daily Living
Motor Skills

Standard Score

Confidence Interval
+/- 8
+/- 8
+/- 7
+/- 12
+/- 5

Discussion and Recommendations

Although there is potential for some responder bias, the child did very well
on the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales. He was in one of the highest
percentile ranges for each domain, which indicates that he is stronger than
most children his age in that particular area. Because of his high percentiles,
I recommend that he continue receiving encouragement, support, and praise
for his accomplishments. He is in a very strong school system, and I feel
confident that his classroom teachers will continue to push him and support
him with his growth.
The results indicate that this boy is very bright and better adapted than most
children his age. The young boy has continued his daily routine and has
continued to receive support from his family, friends, and school system.

Harper E. Parkey