The Diagnostic Adaptive Behavior Scale® (DABS®) provides a comprehensive standardized assessment of adaptive behavior. One of the three criteria necessary for diagnosing intellectual disability is "limitations in adaptive behavior."
The DABS provides precise diagnostic information around the cutoff point where an individual is deemed to have “significant limitations” in adaptive behavior. The DABS is designed for use with individuals from 4 to 21 years old.
A paper-and-pencil interview form is used to capture data items. The assessment is scored with an electronic platform on the AAIDD website which requires an access code. Scoring access codes are available in the AAIDD Bookstore and information on accessing
the scoring platform is provided with access code purchase.
Adaptive behavior is the collection of conceptual, social, and practical skills that all people learn in order to function in their daily lives. The DABS measures adaptive behavior in these three areas:
Single Tokens $1 each
Pack of 10 Tokens $10
The DABS online scoring platform performs calculations in the browser, no data is saved or transmitted. Users should print or locally save the responses, scoring, and interpretation of the assessment.
Pack of 25 Interview Forms
Manual & 25 Interview Forms
Pack of 100 Interview Forms
The DABS authors are Marc J. Tassé, Robert L. Schalock, David Thissen, Giulia Balboni, Henry (Hank) Bersani, Jr., Sharon A. Borthwick-Duffy, Scott Spreat, Keith F. Widaman, and Dalun Zhang.
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