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Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, Third Edition (Vineland-3)

Sara S. Sparrow, PhD, Domenic V. Cicchetti, PhD, Celine A. Saulnier, PhD

Support the diagnosis of intellectual and developmental disabilities

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Age range: Birth-90

Qualification level: B

Year: 2016

Administration time: NA

Administration type: Individual; Q-global administration, scoring, and/or reporting, or manual scoring

Please see our Vineland-3 Flyer for differences between forms

The leading instrument for supporting the diagnosis of intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Designed to meet ANY adaptive behaviour assessment need by offering:

  • Interview, Parent/Caregiver, and Teacher Forms
  • Comprehensive (full-length) and Domain-Level (abbreviated) versions of each form
  • Online and paper administration options for all forms/versions
  • Computerised or hand scoring for all forms/versions


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Please see our Vineland-3 Flyer for differences between forms


  • Addresses today’s special needs populations, such as individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, and ADHD
  • Updated with new norms and improved items
  • Useful for diagnosis, qualification for special programs, progress reporting, program and treatment planning, and research
  • Offers both respected semi-structured interview format which focuses discussion and gathers in-depth information, and also offers convenient rating forms

Major Enhancements to Parent/ Caregiver and Teacher Forms

  • Separation of Interview and Parent/Caregiver Forms in Vineland-3
    • Updated item content
    • Updated norms
  • Introduction of basal and ceiling rules to shorten Parent/Caregiver and Teacher Form administration
    • Choice of digital or paper-based administration

Domain-Level Versions of Interview, Parent/Caregiver, and Teacher Forms

  • Will provide scores for adaptive behaviour domains and the overall adaptive behaviour composite, meeting AAIDD and DSM-5 requirements for diagnosing Intellectual Disability
  • Each domain will consist of items drawn from In-Depth form subdomains, e.g., Communication domain uses items sampled from Receptive, Expressive, & Written subdomains
  • Age ranges will be 3 to adult for Interview & Parent/Caregiver Forms; 3 to 21 for Teacher Form
  • Administration time will be approximately 20 minutes for Interview Form; 10 minutes for Parent/Caregiver and Teacher Forms
  • Will not use basal and ceiling rules

The standard for measuring self-sufficiency

For over 30 years, Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales has been a leading measure of personal and social skills needed for everyday living. Psychologists and other professionals continue to depend on it to identify individuals who have Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, and other impairments. Not only does Vineland aid in diagnosis, but it gives you valuable information for developing educational and treatment plans.

Covers the full spectrum of adaptive behaviour

All Vineland-3 forms aid in diagnosing and classifying intellectual and developmental disabilities and other disorders, such as autism, Asperger Syndrome, and developmental delays. The scales are organised using three domains (Communication, Daily Living Skills, and Socialization) that correspond to the three broad domains of adaptive functioning specified by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and by DSM-5. In addition, Vineland-3 offers optional Motor Skills and Maladaptive Behavior domains for situations in which these areas are of concern.

Multipurpose Vineland-3

In whatever setting you work—education, social services, health care, criminal justice, or the military—like its predecessor, Vineland-3 helps you perform a variety of tasks:

  • Support diagnosis of intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism, and developmental delays
  • Determine eligibility or qualification for special services
  • Plan rehabilitation or intervention programs
  • Track and report progress

Many applications

With Vineland-3 you can measure adaptive behavior of individuals with:

  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs)
  • ADHD
  • Post-traumatic brain injury
  • Hearing impairment
  • Dementia/Alzheimer’s disease

Clinical use of the Vineland-3
Introducing the newest version of the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales, Third Edition (Vineland-3). This reliable adaptive behaviour assessment offers three basic formats—Interview, Parent/Caregiver Rating, and Teacher Rating, which can be used as part of a comprehensive clinical or psychoeducational assessment.
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Getting the most out of your behavioural assessments
This webinar will focus on how clinicians can get the most out of their behavioural assessments, focusing specifically on the BASC 3 and Vineland 3 Multi-Rater and Progress Reports on Pearson's online Q Global platform.
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