Essentials of WISC-V Assessment

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Dawn P Flanagan, Vincent C Alfonso

  • Essentials of WISC-V Assessment
  • Essentials of WISC-V Assessment
    The comprehensive reference for informative WISC-V assessment with step-by-step guidance for administering, scoring & interpreting

656 pages
ISBN: 9781118980873

The comprehensive reference for informative WISC-V assessment.

Essentials of WISC-V Assessment provides step-by-step guidance for administering, scoring, and interpreting the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-V). Packed with practical tips for more accurate assessment, this informative guide includes numerous case studies that illustrate a range of real-world issues. Special attention is devoted to the assessment of individuals who have significant learning difficulties, such as learning disabilities, and who speak English as a second language. The WISC-V is a valuable assessment tool, but it must be administered and scored appropriately to gain meaning from score interpretation. This book gives you an in-depth understanding of the WISC-V assessment and interpretative process to assist practitioners in:

  • Conducting efficient and informative WISC-V assessments
  • Utilising WISC-V in cross-battery and neuropsychological assessment
  • Applying WISC-V in the identification of specific learning disabilities
  • Utilising WISC-V in non-discriminatory assessment of English language learners
  • Writing theory-based WISC-V reports
  • Linking WISC-V findings to interventions based on individual performance

As the world's most widely used intelligence test for children, the WISC-V is useful in diagnosing intellectual disabilities and specific learning disabilities, as well as in identifying giftedness. In this volume, sample reports demonstrate how WISC-V assessment results may be linked to interventions, accommodations, modifications, and compensatory strategies that facilitate positive outcomes for children. Essentials of WISC-V Assessment is the all-in-one practical resource for both students and practitioners. The book can be used on its own or with companion software (purchased separately) that provides a user-friendly tool for producing psychometrically and theoretically defensible interpretations of WISC-V performance, and may be used to develop interventions based on each child's strengths and weaknesses.

Table of Contents


Series Preface


  • Susie Engi Raiford, PhD; Pearson Clinical Assessment; San Antonio, Texas

Chapter 1: Overview of the WISC-V

  • W. Joel Schneider, Ph.D.; Dawn P. Flanagan, Ph.D.; and Vincent C. Alfonso, Ph.D.
  • From Prediction to Prevention
  • From Explanation to Enduring Empathy
  • General Trends in Intelligence Test Interpretation
  • Why the History of the Wechsler Scales Matters
  • Description of the WISC-V
  • Test Yourself
  • References

Chapter Two: How to Administer the WISC-V

  • Appropriate Testing Conditions
  • Rapport with Examinee
  • Testing Individuals with Special Needs
  • Administration Considerations
  • Rules for Starting and Discontinuing Subtests
  • Recording Responses
  • Timing
  • Querying
  • Subtest-By-Subtest Rules of Administration of the WISC-V Primary Subtests
  • Subtest-by-Subtest Rules of Administration of the WISC-V Secondary & Complementary Subtests
  • Frequently Asked Questions: Subtest Administration
  • Test Yourself
  • References

Chapter 3: How to Score the WISC-V

  • Types of Scores
  • Step-by-Step: How the WISC-V is Scored
  • Test Yourself
  • References

Chapter 4: How to Interpret The WISC-V

  • Getting Started
  • WISC-V Interpretation Step-by-Step
  • Conclusion
  • Test Yourself
  • References

Chapter 5: Strengths and Weaknesses of the WISC-V

  • Test Yourself
  • References

Chapter 6: A Neuropsychological Approach to Interpretation of the WISC-V

  • George McCloskey, Ph.D.; Jamie Slonim; Robert Whitaker, Psy.S. NCSP, ABSNP; Samantha Kaufman; Naoko Nagoshi, Ph.D.
  • Introduction
  • Levels of Interpretation
  • Neuropsychological Interpretation of WISC-V Performance
  • WISC-V Complementary Subtests
  • Summary
  • Test Yourself
  • References

Chapter 7: Use of the WISC-V in the Identification of Specific Learning Disabilities

  • The Dual Discrepancy/Consistency Operational Definition of SLD
  • Using X-BASS for SLD Identification: Three Steps to PSW Output
  • PSW-A Data Summary
  • PSW-A g-Value Data Summary
  • Dual Discrepancy/Consistency Model: PSW Analyses for SLD
  • Conclusions
  • Test Yourself
  • References

Chapter 8: Illustrative Case Report

  • Erin M. McDonough, Ph.D.
  • Psycho-Educational Evaluation Report

Chapter 9: Assessment of English Learners with the WISC-V

  • Samuel O. Ortiz, Ph.D.; Kristan E. Melo, M.S.; Meghan A. Opperman, B.A.
  • Introduction
  • Fairness, Bias, and Traditional Assessment Approaches
  • A Recommended Best Practice Approach
  • Best Practices in the Evaluation of ELs with the WISC-V
  • Case Study: Jose Maria
  • Conclusion
  • Test Yourself
  • References

Chapter 10: WISC-V and Q-interactive

  • Carlea Dries, M.A., M.Ed., N.C.C.; Ron Dumont, Ed.D., NCSP; Kathleen D. Viezel, Ph.D., NCSP
  • Introduction
  • Digital Platform
  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Setup
  • Administration
  • Training and Tech Support
  • Output
  • Security and Legal Issues
  • Considerations for University Trainers
  • Pricing
  • Overall Impressions and Recommendations
  • Test Yourself
  • References

Epilogue: Dorothea McCarthy Remembered

  • Alan S. Kaufman, Ph.D.
  • References

Appendix A: A Brief Overview of the Cattell-Horn-Carroll (CHC) Theory

Appendix B: Norms Tables for New Clinical Composites

Appendix C: Case Reports - Gail Cheramie, Ph.D.; Jamie Chaffin, Ed.D.; Robert Lichtenstein, Ph.D.

  • Comprehensive Evaluation
  • Psychoeducational Report
  • Psychoeducational Assessment Report

Appendix D: Form for Manifestations of Cognitive Weaknesses

Appendix E: Definition of Terms and Clarification of Concepts Used in the DD/C Definition and X-BASS

Appendix F: Task Characteristics of WISC-V Subtests

Appendix G: Cognitive Constructs Assessed with the WISC-V Subtests

  • Verbal Comprehension Domain Subtests
  • Cognitive Constructs Assessed with the Fluid Reasoning and Visual Spatial Subtests
  • Cognitive Capacities Assessed with the Working Memory Subtests and the Arithmetic and Immediate Symbol Translation Subtests
  • Cognitive Constructs assessed with the Processing Speed Subtests
  • Cognitive Constructs assessed with the Naming Speed Subtests
  • Cognitive Constructs Assessed with the Symbol Translation Tasks

Appendix H: Behavior Observations and Process-oriented Assessment at the Subtest, Item, and Cognitive Construct Levels

  • Verbal Comprehension Subtests
  • Fluid Reasoning and Visual Spatial Subtests
  • Working Memory Domain and Arithmetic and Symbol Translation Subtests
  • Processing Speed Subtests
  • Naming Speed Subtests

Appendix I: Cluster Analysis Interpretation

  • Steps for Completing Subtest Cluster Analyses
  • Verbal Comprehension Clinical Clusters and Cluster Contrasts
  • Verbal Comprehension Clinical Cluster Contrasts
  • Fluid Reasoning and Visual Spatial Clinical Clusters and Cluster Contrasts
  • Fluid Reasoning/Visual Spatial Clinical Cluster Contrasts
  • Working Memory Clinical Clusters and Clinical Cluster Contrasts

Appendix J: Subtest and Process Score Comparison Worksheets

Appendix K: CBRS Scores

Appendix L: Cross-Battery Assessment Software System (X-BASS): Dual-Discrepancy/Consistency Model: PSW Results for Amanda Farris

Appendix M: Factors That May Facilitate Learning and Aid in Bypassing or Minimizing the Effects of Deficits

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