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Nelson Education > Assessment > Scales of Independent Behavior - Revised

Scales of Independent Behavior - Revised

CATEGORY: Behavioural

AUTHORS: Robert H. Bruininks, Richard W. Woodcock, Richard F. Weatherman, Bradley K. Hill, 1996

RANGE: Infancy - 80+ years

TIME: 45 - 60 minutes for Full Scale; 15 - 20 minutes for Short Form or Early Development Form



Provides a comprehensive assessment of 14 areas of adaptive behaviour and 8 areas of problem behaviour.

The Scales of Independent Behavior-Revised (SIB-R) is a comprehensive, norm-referenced assessment of adaptive and maladaptive behaviour. It is a revision of the Scales of Independent Behaviour, published in 1984, and includes a number of improvements and additions, including a statistical link to the WJ-R for normative comparisons of intellectual ability and functional independence.

Scores: SS; PR; AE; RMI; instructional and training ranges; Support Score

New Features

  • Simplified administration: Test items now appear in each response booklet (Early Development, Short Form, or Full Scale) as well as in the Interview Book, increasing examiner options and convenience.
  • Expanded age range: The increased range allows for better assessment of the infant-toddler and geriatric populations.
  • Expanded item content: The 33 new items give users a broader measure of the adaptive behaviour skills required in everyday living.
  • Simplified scoring: Age-equivalent scoring tables are included in the response booklets for each subscale, allowing examiners to get immediate developmental information.
  • Increased interpretative options: The Support Score predicts the level of support a person will require based on the impact of maladaptive behaviours on adaptive functioning. Functional limitations in adaptive behaviour can be identified.
  • Improved monitoring capability: the new Individual Plan Recommendation (IPR) form, included with each response booklet, is used to plan and track a person's support and service needs and goals.

14 Adaptive Behaviour Clusters:

Motor Skills

  • Gross Motor
  • Fine Motor

Social Interaction and Communication Skills

  • Social interaction
  • Language
  • Comprehension
  • Language Expression

Personal Living Skills

  • Eating & Meal
  • Preparation
  • Toileting
  • Dressings
  • Personal Self-Care
  • Domestic Skills

Community Living Skills

  • Time and Punctuality
  • Money and Value
  • Home/Community
  • Orientation


The Complete SIB-R Kit includes Interview Book, Comprehensive Manual, 15 Full Scale Response Booklets (IPR included), 5 Short Form Response Booklets and IPRs, 5 Early Development Form Response Booklets and IPRs.


(Cdn. $)
Complete SIB-R Kit 9-22944 $465.00
Full Scale Response Booklets; IPR part of Response Booklet (Pkg. 25) 9-22943 $126.00
Short Form Response Booklets (Pkg. 25) + pad of 25 IPRs 9-22942 $79.00
Early Development Form Response Booklets (Pkg. 25) + pad of 25 IPRs 9-22941 $79.00
15 Full Scale, 5 Short Form, 5 Early Development Form Response Booklets (all with IPRs) 9-22940 $84.75
Package of 25 SIB-R Short Form for the Visually Impaired Response Booklets 9-22969 $108.00
Comprehensive Manual 9-22948 $175.00
Interview Book 9-22949 $192.40


Prices are in effect April 3, 2014.

Prices and specifications are subject to change without notice.


SIB-R Scoring and Reporting Program, 1996

The scoring and reporting program calculates all scores and provides a narrative report. Users can select a full report, a summary report, or a table of scores. These reports can also be imported into your word processing package for editing.

The Complete Kit for Windows includes User's Manual, Binder, Disk, Quick Reference Guide, and Subject Data Record.  Software is on CD-ROM disk.

Windows Minimum System Requirements: Windows 95 / 98 / NT, PC with 486 processor, 8 MB of free RAM, CD-ROM drive, 2 MB of free hard disk space.  As of April 2014, Windows 7 and 8 operating systems are not compatible with this software.


Macintosh Minimum System Requirements:  not available for Mac.


(Cdn. $)
SIB-R Scoring and Reporting Program (Windows) -- not for use on Windows 7 systems, not for use on Windows 8 systems (as of April 2014) 9-22980 $577.00
SIB-R Scoring and Reporting Program (Macintosh) n/a n/a

Prices are in effect April 3, 2014.

Prices and specifications are subject to change without notice.