Essentials of WJ III Cognitive Abilities Assessment

Essentials of WJ III Cognitive Abilities Assessment

Essentials of WJ III Cognitive Abilities Assessment

Essentials of WJ III Cognitive Abilities Assessment

Synopsis

Quickly acquire the knowledge and skills you need to confidently administer, score, and interpret the WJ III COG

The most widely used comprehensive assessment system--the Woodcock-Johnson--is separated into two distinct test batteries: Cognitive Abilities (COG) and Achievement (ACH). The WJ III COG includes tests of knowledge, reasoning, memory and retrieval, speed, auditory processing, and visual-spatial thinking. To use these tests properly, professionals need an authoritative source of advice and guidance on how to administer, score, and interpret them. Cowritten by the senior author of the Woodcock-Johnson, Essentials of WJ III Cognitive Abilities Assessment, Second Edition is that source.

Like all the volumes in the Essentials of Psychological Assessment series, this book is designed to help busy mental health professionals, and those in training, quickly acquire the knowledge and skills they need to make optimal use of major psychological assessment instruments. Each concise chapter features numerous callout boxes highlighting key concepts, bulleted points, and extensive illustrative material, as well as test questions that help you gauge and reinforce your grasp of the information covered.

Thoroughly revised and updated with all-new case reports, a brand new clinical applications chapter, and reflective of the latest information available on the WJ III, including the Diagnostic Supplement and the 2007 Normative Update, the Second Edition is the best source for state-of-the-art guidelines to the Cognitive Abilities portion of the WJ III. Offering expert assessment of the test's relative strengths and weaknesses, this book complements Essentials of WJ III Tests of Achievement Assessment (Wiley).

Excerpt

In the Essentials of Psychological Assessment series, we have attempted to provide the reader with books that will deliver key practical information in the most efficient and accessible style. the series features instruments in a variety of domains, such as cognition, personality, education, and neuropsychology. For the experienced clinician, books in the series will offer a concise yet thorough way to master utilization of the continuously evolving supply of new and revised instruments, as well as a convenient method for keeping up to date on the tried-and-true measures. the novice will find here a prioritized assembly of all the information and techniques that must be at one’s fingertips to begin the complicated process of individual psychological diagnosis.

Wherever feasible, visual shortcuts to highlight key points are utilized alongside systematic, step-by-step guidelines. Chapters are focused and succinct. Topics are targeted for an easy understanding of the essentials of administration, scoring, interpretation, and clinical application. Theory and research are continually woven into the fabric of each book, but always to enhance clinical inference, never to sidetrack or overwhelm. We have long been advocates of “intelligent” testing—the notion that a profile of test scores is meaningless unless it is brought to life by the clinical observations and astute detective work of knowledgeable examiners. Test profiles must be used to make a difference in the child’s or adult’s life, or why bother to test? We want this series to help our readers become the best intelligent testers they can be.

In the second edition of Essentials of wj iii Cognitive Abilities Assessment, the authors have provided state-of-the-art information that is relevant both to new and experienced wj iii cog professionals. This major revision was undertaken, in part, to integrate the accumulation of intriguing research findings in the decade since the wj iii was published. For example, in Chapter 4 . . .

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