The Allen Cognitive Level Screen (ACLS) is an evidence-based, standardized screening assessment of functional cognition developed within the framework of the cognitive disabilities model. The ACLS provides a quick estimate of an individual’s learning and problem solving abilities during performance of three visual motor tasks of increasing complexity. Scores on the screening assessment are verified through further assessment and interpreted within the framework of the cognitive disabilities model.
The tool used in this screening assessment is available in three forms: the standard Allen Cognitive Level Screen (ACLS), the Large Allen Cognitive Level Screen (LACLS) for persons with vision or hand function problems, and the Disposable Large Allen Cognitive Level Screen (LACLS [D]) for single or serial use with individuals for whom infection control precautions must be observed. All three forms are administered and scored using the Manual for the ACLS-5 and LACLS-5 (Allen, Austin, David, Earhart, McCraith, & Riska-Williams, 2007).
To view/download an article on the ACLS-5/LACLS-5 click ACLS-5 and LACLS-5 Test: Psychometric Properties and Use of Scores for Evidence-Based Practice. For information on the current fifth version click Info 2016 ACLS_5 LACLS_5 LACLS D5 pdf. For information on the Disposable LACLS, click (LACLS[D]) Info. To participate in a brief survey on the Disposable LACLS, click Take the Disposable LACLS Survey.