Advanced Clinical Solutions for the WAIS®-IV and WMS®-IV
Overview: Additional scores, indexes, norms, and subtests to assist in WAIS-IV and WMS-IV evaluations.
Age Range: Individuals 16:0 – 90.11 years
Completion Time: Varies depending on administration
Scores/Interpretation: Additional Index Scores, Error Scores, Effort Scores, Reliable Change, Pre-Morbid IQ, Social Perception, and Demographically Adjusted Norms
Scoring Options: Computer Scoring
Publication Date: 2009
Powerful new tool increases the clinical utility of the WAIS-IV and WMS-IV.
ACS for WAIS-IV and WMS-IV is designed to enhance the clinical utility and expand the construct coverage of these respected tests. This new tool provides a common and related sample linking WAIS-IV, WSM-IV, executive function, social cognition, and daily living.
Uses & Applications:
Neuropsychologists and general clinicians can use ACS with special populations in a variety of settings, including:
- Demographically Adjusted Norms
- With older adults to assess dementia, daily living skills, and reliable change
- In forensic settings to measure pre-morbid IQ and effort
- With individuals who have traumatic brain injury to assess executive function and social perception
Content & Administration
ACS offers newly developed subtests, and additional indexes and scores (including demographically adjusted norms) for WAIS-IV and WSM-IV. These components are:
Test of Pre-Morbid Functioning (Formerly WTAR):
- Provides an estimate of pre-morbid intellectual functioning
- Has been revised and re-normed with WAIS-IV and WMS-IV
- Now offers software to make scoring easier and flexible
- Has been enhanced by the addition of harder words and an extended IQ range of predictability
- Provides effort scores when combined with embedded items in WAIS-IV and WMS-IV
- Social Cognition provides an assessment of an individual’s ability to understand non-verbal communication and social interactions
- Uses visual both stimulus and audio cues
D-KEFS Trails and Verbal Fluency
- Now correlated to WAIS-IV and WMS-IV
- Includes Number, Letter, and Number/Letter Sequencing Conditions from D-KEFS Trail Making tests
- Includes Letter, Category, and Category Switching from D-KEFS Verbal Fluency test
Additional scores for WAIS-IV and WMS-IV include:
- Demographically Adjusted Norms
- Social Perception
- Executive Function
- Error Scores
- Effort Scores
- Additional Index Scores
- Reliable Change Scores
- Pre-Morbid IQ Scores
Obtaining the scores and information described above may require users to own additional WAIS-IV and/or WMS-IV scoring software programs. See the table below for full details of software required to obtain respective functionality desired.
Serial Assessment - Case Study (PDF − 418 KB)
Demographic Adjustment - Case Study (PDF - 293 KB)
Premorbid Prediction - Case Study (PDF - 291 KB)
Suboptimal Effort - Case Study (PDF - 301 KB)
ACS Overview (PPT − 191 KB)
Draft of Manual
Read a draft version of Chapter 1 of the manual (PDF − 130 KB)
ACS Overview Presentation
This pre-recorded 20-30 minute session allows you to learn at your leisure. All you need is access to the Internet and the sound enabled on your computer. Please keep in mind that the session may take a few minutes to load.
In less than 20 minutes, you can learn from instructor Gloria Maccow about the essential components of the new Advanced Clinical Solutions (ACS) for WAIS®-IV and WMS®-IV. The session will provide you with an overview regarding how the ACS helps you learn more about a client's strengths and needs with measures and scoring procedures related to memory, effort, social cognition, premorbid functioning, and daily living.
Assessment of Suboptimal Effort
Presenter: Gloria Maccow, PhD & Anne-Marie Kimbell, PhD
The assessment of suboptimal effort is an important function performed by clinical psychologists, forensic psychologists, and neuropsychologists. In cases that could involve substantial secondary gain to the examinee, e.g., large monetary awards, it is especially important for psychologists to demonstrate that the examinee’s performance is consistent with the nature of his or her injury or clinical condition, i.e., that the results are valid. Thus, it is common for medical-legal evaluations and other litigation cases to include measures of symptom validity. This one-hour webinar will describe several measures of symptom validity used by psychologists to assess reported psychiatric symptoms and cognitive impairments.
Date: Mar 13, 2012