Installation and Use of the FBA Profiler Software
If the FBA Pro software package was downloaded from the web site, your web browser probably un-stuffed the file and created the appropriate FBA Pro installer (for Mac or Windows) on your hard drive. Whether installing from the downloaded installer or from the CD-ROM, simply open the installer and follow the on-screen instructions.
During installation, by default the FBA Pro package is placed either in the 'Program Files' directory (Windows) or in your main hard drive directory (Macintosh) unless you select a different location.
An 'alias' or 'shortcut' is also created on your Windows desktop or Macintosh Dock for easy access to the FBA Pro application.
Important: Always be sure that all files related to the FBA Pro scoring application remain inside the FBA Pro folder/directory where they first exist. If these files are moved, the scoring program and/or registration codes may not function properly.
Using the FBA Pro:
To begin using any of the FBA Pro materials (scoring file, forms, manual, instructions, etc.) simply double-click the FBA Pro application or the desktop shortcut (or alias). If you are opening a demonstration version of the application, you will first be presented a popup message describing the limitations of that version along with options for upgrading your registration.
Simply click “OK” in the “Registration Notice” window in order to proceed to the actual application.
If you have purchased a registration code, click the button near the top of the next screen (shown below) to enter the code and register the software.
This will open a separate registration window where you can enter your registration code.
After submitting a valid registration code, you will be presented a “Thank You” message. Simply click “OK” on that message and the software will reopen to complete the registration process.
If you are using a registered version of the FBA Pro, the application will open directly to the screen which gives various options including viewing/printing forms, starting a new entry or viewing a list of existing entries.
If you are wishing to view or edit an existing entry you can simply select the name of the subject from the drop-down list and click the appropriate button to the right of the name.
Completing an entry on a new subject is accomplished in 4 easy steps as follows:
Step 1: From the opening screen click the button entitled 'View/Print FBA Profiler Rating Forms'. A new window will open in which you can preview and/or print the various paper rating forms. You may either print 1 copy of each form and then duplicate them as needed or just print new forms as you need them. In either case, the printed forms will note the expiration date for you to legally print or duplicate the forms (based upon your registration status).
Step 2: Distribute FBA Pro rating forms to parents, teachers, and/or subjects and collect the completed forms for scoring.
Step 3: To score completed FBA Pro forms, simply open the FBA Pro Pro application and click the 'New Entry' button.
A new window will open which allows entry of subject information including name, age, grade, school, etc. Be sure to enter an age in whole years (no dashes, decimal points, months, etc.) and sex so that the norm-referenced scores can be accurately calculated.
Then select the appropriate button below that section to begin entering actual rating data (from parent, teacher, or self-ratings).
For each parent entry you may select from a list of parent/guardian types to be used as the label in the interpretive chart and descriptions. The teacher entry screens also allow you to designate specific school staff labels as well as the teacher’s last name along with the option to combine the name with the label (i.e. “teacher Smith”) for use in the computer-generated charts and text interpretation.
You may enter multiple ratings for each subject (i.e. parent, teacher, and/or student/self ratings) in order to directly compare results on the graphic display provided in the report. There is also a button on each entry screen which opens an alternate layout allowing teachers, parents, or students to directly enter ratings onto your computer.
Step 4: When available ratings have been entered, simply click the 'Calculate Scores/View Report' button at the top of the window. A new window will open in which you can preview graphic displays of each rating category, combine or separate parent or teacher ratings or exclude certain ratings. You may also select the level of significance desired for interpretation as described below.
The default interpretation is set at “moderate” meaning that any rating in the “at risk” or “clinically significant” range will be identified as being of relative concern in the interpretive text. If you wish to limit interpretive descriptions to only “clinically significant” ratings, simply click the level of significance button toward the top of the screen. To return to the default setting, simply click the button again.
Additional report/interpretation options including removing or combining certain ratings can be accomplished by clicking appropriate buttons toward the top of the screen. It is sometimes useful to remove ratings which are believed to be invalid and may potentially result in misleading interpretations. In other cases you may wish to combine parent and/or teacher ratings in order to view overall patterns of concern. Additionally, when more than 6 separate ratings have been entered it is possible that the visual charts may not display all rating data if too many ratings fall at the same level. In that case, again it may be useful to combine certain ratings.
If you wish to view patterns of responses across ratings in specific areas, click the “View/Compare Specific Item Responses” button at the top of the “Report Options” screen.
Various print/save buttons are included in any layout which can be printed (typically at the bottom of the page). If you choose to accept the full computer-generated report, simply click the “Print Full Report” button at the bottom of the Report Options screen. Optionally, you have the choice of printing either “Charts Only” or “Text Only”. Although you cannot edit the computer-generated report text within the FBA Pro software, you can copy and paste the text into an external word processing application and edit as needed. Then you could attach your edited text to the printed charts to reflect your own professional interpretation of the data. There is also a “Brief Summary” layout (viewed by clicking that button at the top of the “Report Options” screen) which may be useful if you wish to copy/paste a very brief overview of all findings into a separate evaluation summary report.
Clicking the chosen print button will bring up your normal print screen giving you options such as number of copies, which pages to print, etc. Be sure the page range is set appropriately for the pages you wish to print.
Note: For best viewing and printing results the Times New Roman font should be installed on your computer.
Sending report text via email is accomplished by simply clicking the “Send as Email” button at the bottom of the report screen or selecting the appropriate option from the “Scripts” menu. This option only works if your computer is set up with a default email application.
In the screen which opens, simply enter a valid email address and edit the subject and message body as desired before clicking the “Send Mail” button. After clicking this button a popup message will inform you that the message has been placed in the outbox of your email application. You will then be automatically returned to the Report Options screen.
If you would like to delete any or all of the records in your FBA Pro file (possibly to start fresh each school year), from the opening screen select the “View List of Records” button. The screen below will open showing you a list of all available records. From this list you may either delete individual records or select the button at the top to delete all records.
If you would like to delete all records but also save an archived copy of the file (for later review) select the “Archive & Delete all records” button.
This option will open a window asking you to select a location for saving the copied file. Be sure to navigate to the FBA Pro folder/directory. This location can be found on Windows/PC computers in the Program Files directory of your C Drive (unless you chose a different location during installation). For Macintosh users, the FBA Pro folder/directory is located in your Applications folder (unless you chose a different location during installation).
You may also rename the saved file as you see fit (perhaps including the year or date saved).
At a later date when you wish to reopen the archived file, simply select that option from the top of the “View List of Records” FBA Pro screen and navigate to the FBA Pro folder/directory to open the desired file.
This archived file will open directly in front of the current FBA Pro screen and you can navigate from one file to the other by using the “Window” menu. Both files will close when you exit the FBA Pro application.
Free Trial Period/Registration Code:
The FBA Pro software is provided with a limited time period of authorized use. Initially, you are given a 30 day free trial which should provide ample opportunity to assess the usefulness of the FBA Pro for your purposes.
Your 30-day free trial starts when the FBA Pro application is first opened. During the trial period you may view and print forms and use the FBA Pro Scoring file to score records and print reports. However, any reports printed during the 'trial' period will be labeled 'Unauthorized Report, Not for Distribution'.
During or after the initial trial period you may increase the authorized use time by purchasing a registration code (instructions for purchasing this code are provided on the www.LDinfo.com web site) and entering this code in the FBA Pro registration file.
FBA Pro Forms: During your period of authorized use you may view, print, and duplicate any FBA Pro forms which you may need.
There is a button near the top of the FBA Pro application main window which will allow you to view and/or print FBA Pro rating forms. There are 2 versions of the rating forms, one for parents or teachers to complete and the other for subjects to rate themselves (not recommended for children younger than age 10).
You may either print 1 copy of each form and then duplicate them as needed or just print new forms as you need them. In either case, the printed forms will note the expiration date for you to legally print, duplicate, or distribute them (based upon your registration status).
NOTE: During your free trial period or after your registration period has expired any printed report will bear the designation 'Unauthorized Report, Not for Distribution'.