The Motivation Assessment Scale

Motivation Assessment Scale forms
FORMS

The Motivation Assessment Scale is an easy-to-use, research-based tool that determines the function of problem behaviors. These written forms are available in both English and Spanish.

SOFTWARE

MASSoftware Professional is the software-enhanced version of the MAS. Features include automated scoring, quick analysis of multiple scales, automatically generated tables & graphs, and more.

ONLINE APP

MASnet allows the practitioner to complete the MAS from any web browser, combining the convenience of MASSoftware with the accessibility of the web.

About the Motivation Assessment Scale

 

The Motivation Assessment Scale (MAS) is designed to help with a language impaired person’s problem behaviors. An understanding of a person’s motivations becomes a guide for interventions, such as restructuring the environment or teaching that person skills for fulfilling personal needs in a more effective and productive way. The emphasis is on understanding, respect, and helping a person successfully negotiate their environment.

Benefits of using the MAS:

  • Allows you to respond effectively to behavior

  • Quickly assesses motivation, i.e., the function of a problem behavior

  • Improves positive behavioral interventions

  • The MAS is research-based, tested, and validated

  • Can easily be administered in educational and institutional settings

  • Has been used by psychologists and teachers since 1988

​Why Motivation Assessment Scale Software?​​

 

For best results, the authors recommend administering several scales (to multiple raters and/or in multiple settings) to evaluate a single problem behavior. Software versions of the MAS provide quick professional assistance in combining and analyzing scale results, assistance in creating reports, a convenient way to store data, and other features.​

Copyright notice

 

The Motivation Assessment Scale and The Motivation Assessment Scale (MAS) Administration Guide copyright © 1992 by Monaco & Associates Incorporated. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction of these works in any form, including digital and electronic transmission, is a violation of United States copyright law and international agreements and is prohibited. If you wish to excerpt any portion of the material for your publication, contact us here.

V. Mark Durand, Ph.D.


Dr. Durand has more than 125 publications. He and his colleague developed a treatment for problem behaviors (functional communication training) that is used around the world. His books include textbooks on abnormal psychology that have been translated into 10 languages and used at more than 1,000 universities world-wide. His other books include the multiple national award winning Optimistic Parenting: Hope and Help for You and Your Challenging Child as well as Sleep Better! A Guide to Improving Sleep for Children with Special Needs. He was named a 2014 Princeton Lecture Series Fellow and received the 2015 Jacobson Award for Critical Thinking from the American Psychological Association (APA).




Daniel Crimmins, Ph.D.


Daniel Crimmins, PhD, serves as Director of the Center for Leadership in Disability and Professor of Public Health at Georgia State University. In this position, he oversees a range of academic, training, technical assistance, research, and model service programs that contribute to the independence, inclusion, and productivity of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities of all ages. Throughout his career, Dr. Crimmins has worked to improve the capacity of organizations and individuals to provide evidence-based behavioral and educational interventions for children and adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities. He is the lead developer of www.positivebehaviorvideos.org, a website that includes videos that describe the positive behavior supports process, a positive behavior supports planning tool, and interventions that can be used by teachers, child care providers, and parents.





From the MAS Administration Guide: Why do we need the MAS?

 

Who typically uses MAS software products?


Psychologists, teachers, school psychologists, and others who respond to problem behavior.​




What is the cost of MASSoftware?


Cost varies depending on the product, and on the number of users for the product. Please contact our sales staff for an estimate. Software licenses are sold on an annually renewable basis.




How does MASSoftware provide security and confidentiality?


MASSoftware Professional is password protected. Your local MASSoftware Professional administrator can set up user accounts so that users may see only scales that are assigned to them. Raters who log in to MASSoftare Professional on a rater account will have access only to uncompleted scales assigned to them. MASSoftware Professional supports the use of identifying codes when communicating about a consumer.
iMAS is password protected. A site with multiple users may have an administrative level, allowing access to all scales completed at that site, and an individual user level which allows access only to scales completed by the individual user.




What are the technical specifications?


MASSoftware Professional is a Windows applications, and will run on any Windows PC. Initial installation of MASSoftware Professional requires less than 50MB of disc space.
iMAS is hosted by Monaco & Associates and does not require any installation. It will run on any standard internet browser. It has been extensively tested on Internet Explorer and Firefox.




Is technical support provided?


Technical support for MASSoftware products is available free of charge. Bug fixes of our current generation of software, should any be discovered, receive our immediate attention and are provided free of charge.




Can I get user training?


MASSoftware products generally require little or no training. The software comes with an online Help file, which provides help in both using the software and interpreting the results. Users needing further help may call or email our technical support staff.




Unauthorized duplication of the MAS


The Motivation Assessment Scale is a copyrighted work and is, therefore, protected by United States law and international agreements. Unauthorized duplication of the Motivation Assessment Scale is strictly prohibited and punishable by fine and/or imprisonment.
Unauthorized duplication includes, but is not limited to, making facsimile copies of the printed scale or using MASSoftware products to print copies of the scale in excess of those needed to allow raters to complete scales.




Can I try out the software?


You may order a free 7-day trial of iMAS or 14-day trial MASSoftware Professional here.





Frequently Asked Questions

 

V. Mark Durand, Ph.D.


Dr. Durand has more than 125 publications. He and his colleague developed a treatment for problem behaviors (functional communication training) that is used around the world. His books include textbooks on abnormal psychology that have been translated into 10 languages and used at more than 1,000 universities world-wide. His other books include the multiple national award winning Optimistic Parenting: Hope and Help for You and Your Challenging Child as well as Sleep Better! A Guide to Improving Sleep for Children with Special Needs. He was named a 2014 Princeton Lecture Series Fellow and received the 2015 Jacobson Award for Critical Thinking from the American Psychological Association (APA).




Daniel Crimmins, Ph.D.


Daniel Crimmins, PhD, serves as Director of the Center for Leadership in Disability and Professor of Public Health at Georgia State University. In this position, he oversees a range of academic, training, technical assistance, research, and model service programs that contribute to the independence, inclusion, and productivity of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities of all ages. Throughout his career, Dr. Crimmins has worked to improve the capacity of organizations and individuals to provide evidence-based behavioral and educational interventions for children and adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities. He is the lead developer of www.positivebehaviorvideos.org, a website that includes videos that describe the positive behavior supports process, a positive behavior supports planning tool, and interventions that can be used by teachers, child care providers, and parents.





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