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ABAS-3 Validity-Evidence Based on Clinical Groups

It’s important that test scores are consistent and predictable. This stability determines the test’s reliability. Without reliable, measurable results, test scores can’t be evaluated to make diagnoses and develop long-term treatment plans.

By determining the reliability and internal consistency of an exam, we can eliminate the need for a standard error of measurement, because there will be less error (if there’s any error at all). The reliability of exams like the ABAS-3 help evaluate an individual accurately and remain consistent with treatment.

The measures of the ABAS-3 can not only distinguish between individuals with clinical disorders and those without, but it can also help evaluate the adaptive skills of someone with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), intellectual disability (ID), and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Many schools and clinics use the ABAS-3 to assess behavior and develop treatment plans for individuals who struggle with these disorders. The ABAS-3 provides a valid assessment of adaptive behavior for these groups and many others.

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder is characterized by both verbal and nonverbal deficits in communication, social interaction, and restricted or repetitive behavior. The ABAS-3 evaluates adaptive skills like communication, social competence, play, leisure, and self-care in individuals with ASD.

Among the two samples of children with ASD, the first includes 51 pre-school children, rated by their primary caregiver and their teacher. The second is a group of 37 school-aged children, measured by their parent and a teacher.

Given that the results for both groups matched clinical samples and control groups means that the ABAS-3 is highly accurate, reliable, and consistent.

Children with Intellectual Disability

Intellectual disability is defined by impairment in both intelligence and adaptive behavior, and someindividuals with ID don’t have the mental ability to adapt to certain environments. A standardized assessment like the ABAS-3 is key in diagnosing individuals with ID.

The original edition of the ABAS helped identify and describe adaptive strengths and challenges of ID, and the ABAS-II also included individuals with Down syndrome, but the ABAS-3 builds on these foundations to establish the validity of several new samples.

Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder interfere with daily functioning, so while adaptive skills deficits aren’t part of the diagnostic criteria for this disorder, it’s important to recognize the ABAS-3’s ability to evaluate individuals in their environment and establish routines for improvement.

To treat ADHD effectively, intervention can improve adaptive skills and reduce the behavioral symptoms of inattentiveness, impulsiveness, and excessive activity. The ABAS-3 identifies areas in which the adaptive skill of self-direction is lacking in individuals with ADHD.

Many individuals can’t regulate impulsivity or maintain attention, but the severity of these symptoms can be identified accurately by the ABAS-3.

Adult Clinical Sample

While these types of disorders are usually identified in children, the ABAS-3 can also help evaluate adults with disorders like ID, ASD, and ADHD. The adult samples are both self-reported and informant-reported.

The validity of the ABAS-3 is verified in the fact that the findings in the adult clinical sample are consistent with those of the child and adolescent clinical samples across all diagnostic groups. We can verify from these results that the ABAS-3 can be used to identify the adaptive skill deficits in individuals of any age suffering from ASD, ID, and ADHD.

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Official Microsoft Office Applications Landing on Android Tablets

Microsoft has just released the official Microsoft Office app for Android devices, having previously attended the Preview or trial version.

Now the package of document processing applications consisting of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications was present in the final version for Android tablet device.

Microsoft Office application that has been officially present and available for download for free through the Google Play Store page, but the three applications are more intended for tablet devices that have a bigger screen.

Previously, Microsoft had launched a similar app for an Apple iPad tablet device running on the iOS platform, and now the same app is present for Android devices with a very similar look to Microsoft Office apps for the iOS platform.

When you open the Microsoft Office app, Android Users are presented with a choice of whether they will open an Open Currency Document or search for a file (Browse) from the Microsoft OneDrive or Dropbox storage service. Users are also required to have a Microsoft account to optimize all of its features.

Template options are also available to make it easy for users to create new files, just like the template files contained on the desktop version, you are given the flexibility to edit and change the layouts and content of the templates provided mobile design.

For those of you Android device users should not be confident to install this application on your Android smartphone, because the Microsoft restrict this application can only run on Android devices with a screen size of 7 inches to 10.1 inches only, the tablet device is also recommended to have minimal memory space 1GB or more for the application to run more optimally and the tablet device must also be piloted with an ARM-based processor.

In its official announcement, it is also mentioned that for devices up to 10.1 inches will require an Office 365 subscription. Currently available versions are optimized for devices with Android OS 4.4 KitKat, while those using Android OS 5.0 Lollipop can still use these applications but not officially supported. So the possibility of the feature or experience of its use will not be as good as in KitKat.

Microsoft also mentioned that for Android tablet devices with Intel chips will still be supported, with native implementations that will be available later.…