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.
The Allen Diagnostic Module (ADM) is an evidence-based, standardized assessment of functional cognition developed within the framework of the cognitive disabilities model. It includes 34 craft based activity assessments (ADMs) which provide opportunities for individuals to do new learning and problem solving in a meaningful activity that produces a useful, safe, and attractive end product. ADMs may be used by therapists to verify results of the Allen Cognitive Level Screen (ACLS) or serially to identify a pattern of performance in a comprehensive functional evaluation.
The ADM-2nd Edition (ADM-2; Earhart, 2007) contains revised guidelines for use that clarify theoretical constructs derived from the cognitive disabilities model, as well as updated rating criteria for several assessments to enhance suitability for research on these tools. Click for information on the current ADM-2.
The Routine Task Inventory-Expanded (RTI-E; Katz, 2006) is an evidence-based, semi-standardized assessment tool developed within the framework of the cognitive disabilities model. The test is comprised of 25 Activites of Daily Living and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living. These routine tasks or activities are divided into four subscales: 1) Physical Scale-ADLs, 2) Community Scale-IADLs, 3) Communication Scale, and 4) Work Readiness Scale. Functional cognition is assessed based on therapists’ direct observation of performance in naturalistic contexts or on the perceptions of performance reported by the client or a caregiver using a checklist or standardized interview questions. Scores are associated with the Allen Scale of cognitive levels 1-6 and a mean score is calculated for each subscale. The manual for the RTI-E is available as a free download from the Allen Cognitive Network’s website: http://www.allen-cognitive-network.org/