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Psychological Assessments

Cognitive assessments are commonly known as “IQ tests”. Together with information gathered from parents and teachers, these assessments are used to determine a child’s learning potential (general intellectual ability). There is a range of different cognitive assessments available. South Coastal Health and Community Services uses the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children–Fifth Edition (WISC-V).

WISC V

The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children–Fifth Edition (WISC-V), is the latest version of the most proven and trusted measure of intelligence. The WISC-V is suitable for children from 6 years old to 16 years old. The WISC-V features a range of subtests that contribute to the calculation of five index scores and an overall IQ score. The five index scores reveal each child’s unique strengths and weaknesses, as well as comparing them to age-matched peers.

Along with other tools, the WISC-V is can help contribute to diagnoses of intellectual delays, learning disorders, and attention and memory problems. These areas include:
• Verbal Comprehension: knowledge acquired from the environment, verbal concept formation, and verbal reasoning.
• Visual-Spatial: the ability to process visual information and understand visual-spatial relationships.
• Fluid Reasoning: explores a child’s measures a child’s ability to think abstractly and solve novel problems.
• Working Memory: involves attention, concentration, and mental control. It measures the child’s ability to register, maintain, and manipulate visual and auditory information in conscious awareness.
• Processing Speed: measures a child’s ability to quickly and correctly process simple visual information.

Along with other tools, the WISC-V is can help contribute to diagnoses of intellectual delays, learning disorders, and attention and memory problems. When the WISC-V is used alongside an academic assessment, it can help clarify why a child is experiencing learning difficulties.

WIAT III

The Wechsler Individual Achievement Test – 3rd Edition (WIAT-III) test of academic achievement and can be administered to children and adults between the ages of 4 and 85 years. The WIAT-III consists of 11 subtests, which assess a child’s skills in reading, writing, maths, and oral language. The WIAT-III can help diagnose learning disorders, and identify the academic strengths and weaknesses of a student, help inform decisions regarding eligibility for educational services and interventions.

For more information on these Cognitive Assessments, how the process works and fees, please click on the link here.

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