MOTIVATION ASSESSMENT SCALE
Name:_____________________________ Rater: ___________________________Date:________
Description of Behavior (be specific):__________________________________________________
Instructors: The MAS is a questionnaire designed to identify those situations where an individual is likely to behave in
specific ways. From this information, more informed decisions can be made about the selections of appropriate
replacement behaviors. To complete the MAS, select one behavior of specific interest. Be specific about the behavior. For
example “is aggressive” is not as good a description as “hits other people.” Once you have specified the behavior to be
rated, read each question carefully and circle the one number that best describes your observations of this behavior.
Would the behavior occur
continuously if this person was
left alone for long periods of
Does the behavior occur
following a request to perform a
3. Does the behavior seem to occur
in response to your talking to
other persons in the room/area?
4. Does the behavior ever occur to
get a toy, food, or an activity that
this person has been told he/she
5. Would the behavior occur
repeatedly, in the same way, for
long periods of time if the person
was alone? (e.g. rocking back and
forth for over an hour.)
6. Does the behavior occur when any
request is made of this person?
7. Does the behavior occur
whenever you stop attending to
8. Does the behavior occur when
you take away a favorite food, toy
9. Does it appear to you that the
person enjoys doing the behavior?
(It feels, tastes, looks, smells,
10. Does this person seem to do the
behavior to upset or annoy...