Ability Measures

Ability assessments are used to understand how the brain takes in, breaks down and changes information to solve problems. While children learn, many areas of the brain are used at the same time. Cognitive assessments can help identify intellectual disabilities, diagnose learning disabilities/disorders, pinpoint if a child is better in a particular area or needs extra help in another, see if a child is gifted, and check if a brain injury affected learning and/or the ability to process information. 

Child and Adolescent

1.

Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence - Fourth Edition (WPPSI-IV)

Age Range: 2.6 years to 7.7 years

 

The WPPSI-IV measures how the brain takes in, breaks down and changes information to solve problems in preschoolers and young children. This test uses child-friendly, age appropriate tests to keep the child interested and working hard. This assessment contains a variety of subtests that look at different areas of thinking to see a child's skill level. 

Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children - Fifth Edition (WISC-V)

2.

Age Range: 6.0 years to 16.11 years

 

The WISC-V is the latest version of the most trusted cognitive ability measure (IQ test) for children and adolescents. It has been redesigned to provide a thorough picture of a child's abilities. ​This test measures a child's ability to hear and view information, change the information in the brain and answer questions using problem solving skills. 

Scores can be used to determine: 

  • academic placement

  • potential interventions

  • necessity for additional assessments

3.

Vineland - 3

Age Range: Birth to 90+ years

Assessment of Intellectual and Development Disabilities

 

This is the updated version of the leading instrument for supporting the diagnosis of intellectual and developmental disabilities. This assessment addresses today's special needs populations, such as individuals with intellectual and development disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, and ADHD. This is often useful for diagnosis, qualification for special programs, progress reporting, program and treatment planning, and research. 

Adults

Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale - Fourth Edition (WAIS-IV)

Age Range: 16.0 years to 85+ years

 

This assessment tests cognitive abilities in adults. It uses subtests that are designed to measure one's ability to listen to and understand directions and answer questions based on previously learned skills. An updated, standardized measure of the most proven, trusted cognitive ability measure using a core battery of 10 unique subtests. The subtests focus on four specific domains of intelligence: problem solving through word knowledge, reasoning nonverbally through the use of spatial and perceptual skills, memory skills, and processing new information quickly in order to answer questions.