The purpose of this paper is to discuss the creation of the Cognitive Assessment of Lagging Skills, a psychological assessment tool intended to accurately assess cognitive skill deficits as identified by the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS, Greene, 1998) approach. CPS is an approach to working with children and adolescents who have challenging behaviors. It is critical to identify specific skill deficits contributing to the challenging behaviors in order to assist in effective and efficient treatment. At this time, no standardized method for assessing CPS’ identified lagging cognitive skills exists. The information in this paper highlights the need for a standardized method to assess specific lagging cognitive skills. Information regarding the steps completed to create the CALS is provided and the constructs identified within the tool as well as future steps planned to provide psychometric support for the CALS are discussed.
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