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Basic Skills Checklists:
Teacher-friendly Assessment For Children With Autism or Special Needs

by Marlene Breitenbach, M.S.Ed., BCBA

Item: 9781932565751

Format: spiral bound
Pages: 53

Basic Skills Checklists is an easy-to-use, informal assessment tool that brings method to the madness of classroom assessment. It focuses on pre-academic, readiness, and academic skills expected from learners in the early elementary years. Author and experienced teacher Marlene Breitenbach developed these helpful checklists in special-needs and inclusive classrooms while serving children with autism and other developmental disabilities.

The checklists have been used by resource teachers, special educators, mainstream teachers, and paraprofessionals. Simple, customisable charts make it easy to record children’s progress in skill areas such as basic concepts, reading/language, math, fine motor, and independence.

This flexible tool is great for one-on-one or group assessment!

These checklists will help educators:

  • Identify current skills and problem areas
  • Develop appropriate, realistic learning objectives
  • Create individualised programmes
  • Monitor and measure progress over time
  • Keep clear records for the IEP team and future teachers
  • Assess over 40 different skills!

Marlene Breitenbach, M.S.Ed., BCBA is a special educator and consultant with over 25 years of experience teaching children with autism and severe disabilities. She is currently Special Education Autism Coordinator at the Department of Education in Prince Edward Island, Canada, where she provides academic/behavioural assessment and individualised program support for students in inclusive settings. Marlene also conducts staff training and was an invited member of the Consensus Panel selected by the New York State Department of Health.


“I love this book! We have given it to all our schools in District 2.”
- Donna Legacy, Resource Support Teacher

“The checklist is an excellent starting point when you begin with a new student … it is a resource that one can refer back to throughout the year.”
- Tanya Jenkins, First Grade Teacher

“Marlene is a gifted teacher…I am grateful for this book and use it regularly.”
- Wendy Hamill, Resource Teacher for Autism


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