SPSS is a 57-item measure designed to assess strengths and
weaknesses in higher order social skills in people with mild or moderate Intellectual Disabilities. This measure is
useful in evaluating current functioning as well as identifying treatment goals. Parents/caretakers familiar with the
individual rates each item. Four subscales comprise the
SPSS: 1) appropriate social skills; 2) communication skills; 3)
inappropriate assertion; and 4) sociopathic behavior. Sample items include: 'Has eye contact when speaking'; 'Puts self
down'; 'Demonstrates concern for other's rights'; 'Tells people what he/she thinks they want to hear'; and 'Takes
advantage of others.'
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