The Analysis of Verbal Behavior

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 35–39 | Cite as

Does ABLA Test Performance on the ABLA Test Predict Picture Receptive Name Recognition with Persons with Severe Developmental Disabilities?

  • Aynsley K. Verbeke
  • Garry L. Martin
  • C. T. Yu
  • Toby L. Martin


Research has shown that performance on the Assessment of Basic Learning Abilities (ABLA) test correlates with language assessments for persons with developmental disabilities. This study investigated whether performance on ABLA Level 6, an auditory-visual discrimination, predicts performance on a receptive language task with persons with severe developmental disabilities. Five participants who passed ABLA Level 6, and five who failed ABLA Level 6, were each tested on five 2-choice discriminations that required them to point to pictures of common objects after hearing their names. Four of the five participants who had failed ABLA Level 6 failed all of the receptive name recognition tasks. All five participants who had passed ABLA Level 6 passed all of the name recognition tasks. The practical implications of these results are discussed.

Key words

verbal behavior receptive communication auditory-visual discriminations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ManitobaWinnipegCanada
  2. 2.St. Amant CentreWinnipegCanada

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