Statement of Notification

As of November 9, 2014, Claudia K. Allen, MA, OT,  FAOTA will no longer serve on the board of directors of the Allen Cognitive Group / ACLS and LACLS Committee.  We wish her well in her new endeavors.  The Allen Cognitive Group / ACLS and LACLS Committee will continue to support healthcare professionals who serve clients with differing cognitive abilities their families and their caregivers by maintaining and promoting use of the cognitive disabilities model including the ACLS-5, LACLS-5 and Allen Diagnostic Module assessments.

“Best Practice” continues to support use of ACLS-5 / LACLS-5

The Allen Cognitive Group / ACLS and LACLS Committee, publishes the Manual for Allen Cognitive Level Screen-5 and Large Allen Cognitive Level Screen-5 (Allen, et al., 2007) and the associated assessment tools, and makes these resources available to therapists around the world through their website,, and their vendor partners. The ACLS-5 and LACLS-5 are standardized, evidence-based assessments of functional cognition that generate scores which are interpreted using the cognitive disabilities model theory and the Allen scale of cognitive levels and modes (Allen, 1985; Allen, Earhart, & Blue, 1992; McCraith, Austin, & Earhart, 2011).  Their use is supported by 50 years of theory development, clinical expertise, and existing published research as well as current research being conducted or in the process of being published nationally and internationally.  In addition, both the national and international academic, clinical, and research OT community consider use of the 5th version of the ACLS and the supporting theory and research to be “best practice”.

Claudia Allen, who has departed from the Allen Cognitive Group / ACLS and LACLS Committee, is working to develop a subscriber only app that is based on a significant paradigm shift in theory, assessment, and intervention. It includes a tool called the ACLS-6 which includes a plastic form shaped like the LACLS tool and additional tasks. These items are only available to subscribers through her website.


Allen Cognitive Group / ACLS and LACLS Committee

Join us at AOTA April 7-9

JOIN US!  Table Tops #43 and 44 at AOTA’s Annual Conference & Expo April 7-9, 2016 Chicago, IL

We will be officially unveiling the new fully Disposable LACLS

2 Day Course May 7-8, 2016 Toronto, Canada

This weekend course entitled: “The Cognitive Disabilities Model: Theory, Assessments, and Intervention” will be presented by the Allen Cognitive Group and  sponsored by Western Hospital Allied Health, Toronto Canada. For more information contact: [email protected]

October 21-22, 2016 Join us at the Allen Cognitive Symposium, New Orleans, LA

We are pleased to be attending and presenting at the Allen Cognitive Symposium October 21-22, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

We hope to see you there. For more information on the Symposium click Allen-cognitive-network

Join us at the 2017 AOTA Conference and Centennial Celebration -Expo Tabletops 53 and 54

March 30 – April 1, 2017 Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA. USA. Allen Cognitive Group will also recognize the Cognitive Disabilities Model and assessments 50 years of supporting best ability to function. View heritage artifacts. Share your stories. Drop in consultations and information on Allen Cognitive Networking opportunities and 2018 symposium.

Updates on ACLS-5 Evidence 1-20-2018 edits

Click on this article for the latest update on ACLS-5 evidence

ACLS-5 and LACLS-5 Test: Psychometric Properties and Use of Scores for Evidence-Based Practice*

Join us in Salt Lake City, Utah- AOTA Conference and Expo April 19-21, 2018

Stop by Exhibit Hall Table Tops #51 and 52 for Allen Cognitive Group updates, quick consultations and information on new publications.

Update-Disposable LACLS

We want to thank those of you who responded to the survey on our website for the Disposable LACLS-5 tool.  As a result of feedback on the difficulty some persons have using the lace without a needle, we would like to confirm that the LACLS[D] may be administered with or without needles.  However, needles are sold separately. If needles  are used, they should be sanitized following the established protocols of the facility.

Join us at AOTA’s 2019 Annual Conference & Expo April 4-7 New Orleans, LA Convention Center, U.S.A.

Please visit us at Booth 2149 for updates  and consultations.  We will also have information on the 2019 Allen Cognitive Network Symposium.

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