Analysis & Learning Plan

genArete™ is the only skill assessment and development planning system that integrates multiple best practices, Act and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and Precision Teaching (PT). Qualified professionals can benefit from using the genArete™ assessment with learners of any age and any life situation, making it the most innovative and robust skills assessment and development software-guided system available.

Skill Domains

Pivotal Skills

This domain assesses foundational skills that are often prerequisites of more complex learning. It includes attention, foundational discriminations and matching, imitation and evaluating basic preference skills. The Pivotal Skills segment can be accomplished without complex language. However, mastery of these skills forms a foundation for learning higher-order skills. Many of these skills help orient the learner to the ecosphere and to learning tasks in general. A learner who masters these skills is likely to be prepared to learn more complex skills. Learners with low skills in this area typically need caregiving to maintain life, health, and safety.

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The Movement domain captures a learner’s mobility including walking and ambulation, gross motor movement, fine motor movement, and basic fitness and flexibility skills. Movement is an important part of making contact with society. Mastery in mobility skills allows us to navigate our environments, interact with our physical surroundings and community, and has implications for certain employment-related tasks. Much of what we learn we owe to our ability to move through our surroundings. When movement is limited for an individual, it often also limits their experiences, which in turn, are necessary for learning. For learners with low skills in this area, the expertise of a physical therapist may need to be consulted.

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Complex Verbal Behavior

The Complex Verbal Behavior domain is designed to identify current skills in communication, reasoning, problem-solving, critical thinking, and other areas of complex language. The way that we talk to each other, talk about our lives and where we live greatly influences our experience as people. This section identifies their forms of communication and general areas where they may struggle when it comes to complex language skills. Most learners will demonstrate some skills in this area. However, most learners do not master all these skills. Many of the skills in this domain develop at different levels based on the experience of the individual. Mastery of Complex Verbal Behavior create new and meaningful experiences; sharing of information with others; understanding of abstract information; establish personal directions for life; and transform our reality.

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Committed Action

The Committed Action domain is dedicated to the self-identification of long-term goals, values, and plans of action — and consistent, reliable action toward those identified goals, even in the face of environmental setbacks and challenges. Elements of committed action are important for complex self-advocacy and the independent development of interests. Learners with high scores in this domain are typically going to be able to create and manage themselves with respect to long-term goals with minimal-to-no support.

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Community Contact

In this section the person’s skills in relation to accessing their community, contributing to their community, and maintaining meaningful relationships to organizations and entities are examined. The sub-domains in this area include seeking assistance and service, audience control and personal safety, sportsmanship, understanding and being understood. Specific targets range from the persons awareness of various public and personal resources available to them to the way in which they establish meaningful social relationships with other natural support members of the community. Learners with high scores in this area frequently contact their resources, have strong support networks, maintain safety in their environment, and are active members of their community. Learners with low scores may need high supports to facilitate access, and may not have frequent outside contact, or be currently be developing community contact skill sets.

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Close Relationships

The Close Relationships domain of the assessment is dedicated to the skillsets the person has in relation to building, maintaining, and changing meaningful social interaction with a range of people. Sub-domains of Close Relationships include platonic relationships, romantic relationships, effective boundaries, growing with others, and taking care of others. The domain provides a snapshot of how and to what extent the person interacts with other people in their immediate network, how people become a member of the network, and the abilities of the person to maintain their connections with other people.

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The Self-Care domain currently addresses various skills that are foundational to independent living. This domain measures the level of support a learner needs to get through general activities of their day. Learners who have high scores in Self-Care are likely to be able to manage their general health and hygiene as well as their day-to-day activities and may be living independently or nearing transition toward living independently. Learners with low scores in this domain may require some form of assisted living.

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Final Report

The report below is a SkillGram. It shows scores in each of the skill subdomains of Complex Verbal Behavior. Performance in each skill area appears as the purple-shaded area. The green lines and dots are the levels of proficiency needed in each skill subdomain to perform a job.


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