Temperament and Atypical Behavior Scale (TABS) Manual

Authors: John T. Neisworth Ph.D., Stephen J. Bagnato Ed.D., NCSP, John Salvia D.Ed., Frances M. Hunt Ph.D.

Format: Layflat, 128 pages, 7.0 x 10.0
ISBN: 9781557664228
Price: $50.00

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This helpful guide moves professionals step-by-step through the screening and assessment tool, Temperament and Atypical Behavior Scale (TABS): Early Childhood Indicators of Developmental Dysfunction. It includes:

  • an introduction to the TABS materials
  • procedures for administration, scoring, and interpreting results
  • an overview of the importance of and dysfunctions related to temperament and self-regulation
  • reliability and validity data including normative means, standard deviations, and cutoff scores for both typical and atypical samples
  • cultural and language adaptations
  • guidelines, examples, and research-based behavioral interventions

Practical and thorough instructions, combined with illustrative case examples, show professionals how best to use the TABS system in their individual programs and with the families they serve.

This manual is used with TABS, a norm-referenced screening and assessment tool designed to identify temperament and self-regulation problems that may indicate a child's risk for developmental delay. For use with children ages 11 to 71 months, TABS can be used for screening, research, determining eligibility for special services, planning programs, and monitoring child progress and program effectiveness.

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Table of Contents

About the Authors

  1. An Overview
  2. Temperament and Self-Regulation: Research Foundations
  3. Administering, Scoring, and Interpreting the TABS Screener and Assessment Tool
  4. TABS Development
  5. Technical Adequacy of TABS
  6. Intervention: Guidelines for an Ecological Approach
  7. Research-Based Specific Interventions



  • Agencies and Organizations Contributing to the TABS Sample
  • Conversion Table


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