IPAD TESTING IN CHILDREN AND ADULTS

IPAD TESTING IN CHILDREN AND ADULTS

I am pleased to acknowledge that I have now being using the IPAD versions of Intelligence and academic testing for children and adults over the last year. The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children Fifth Edition (WISC-V), The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Adults Fourth Edition, and the achievement test such as the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test Third Edition (WIAT III) have been available for psychologists in Australia over the last year. However, some subtests of the achievement test are still required to be completed on paper version such as Spelling and Numerical Operations. At this point, The Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI-IV) which is part of a psycho-educational assessment for children in their early years is not available in IPAD version. In my opinion, there are several advantages that the IPAD version has over the pencil-paper format.

Firstly, I have found that children and adults respond much more positively to the testing process as it makes the testing appears a less dauting task while still collecting the same information on their intelligence and academic ability such as reading, reading comprehension and maths.

Secondly, for children that have fine motor difficulties they are likely to have less difficulty with IPAD tasks as they do not rely on their writing abilities. Therefore, a child with fine motor skill deficits which makes writing tasks difficult for them may find the IPAD version of testing assists them complete the task requested rather than focus on their writing deficits. In other words, the IPAD version should assist a child to feel more confident in a task that they previously may have struggled with if they had to rely on their writing deficits.
Thirdly, the IPAD technology versions interpretation and scoring is much more efficient than the paper-pencil format allowing the Psychologist to at least provide some feedback regarding the child or adults strengths and weaknesses at the conclusion of the assessment session if considered appropriate. Lastly, if you are thinking about having your child or you are an adult seeking a psychoeducational assessment for learning difficulties you should consider the advantages of seeking IPAD technology for Psychological Testing.

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