WISC-IV Clinical Assessment and Intervention - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780123736260, 9780080888026

WISC-IV Clinical Assessment and Intervention

2nd Edition

Editors: Aurelio Prifitera Donald Saklofske Lawrence Weiss
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123736260
eBook ISBN: 9780080888026
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 24th June 2008
Page Count: 600
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Table of Contents

List of Contributors Preface Part 1 Interfacing WISC-IV Assessment and Intervention: Foundations for Practice 1 Interpretation and Intervention with WISC-IV in the Clinical Assessment Context Overview: The Interaction Between Intelligence Tests and the Clinician A Historical Perspective on Assessment that Remains Contemporary What Do We Conclude? Introduction to Interpretation and Intervention with WISC-IV in the Clinical Assessment Context Part I: Interpreting the WISC-IV Index Scores Part II: Intervention Suggestions Related to the WISC-IV Index Scores Post Script: A Case Example References Part 2 Interfacing WISC-IV Assessment and Intervention: Clinical Applications 2 Research-Supported Differential Diagnosis of Specific Learning Disabilities and Implications for Instruction and Response to Instruction Background Research-Supported Approach to Incorporating Cognitive Measures Dysgraphia Case Studies Dyslexia Case Studies OWL LD Case Studies Dyscalculia Case Studies Summary and Conclusion Notes Acknowledgment References 3 WISC-IV Interpretation for Specific Learning Disabilities Identification and Intervention: A Cognitive Hypothesis Testing Approach Definitions of SLD: Learning Delay or Deficit? Prevalence of SLD: Heterogeneity and Comorbidity Ability–Achievement Discrepancy, RTI, or the “Third Method” Using the WISC-IV for Concordance–Discordance and SLD Determination Cognitive Hypothesis Testing for SLD Identification and Intervention Cognitive Hypothesis Testing for Specific Reading Disability Subtypes Cognitive Hypothesis Testing for Specific Math Disability WISC-IV/WIAT-II Analyses Conclusions Using C


The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children: Fourth Edition (WISC-IV) is one of the most often used measures to assess intelligence and cognitive functions in children, ages 6-16 years. The second edition of the WISC-IV Clinical Assessment and Intervention will include new information obtained from the clinical use of the WISC-IV in practice. Information on the basic use of the assessment tool is condensed from three chapters into one, with four new chapters discussing how to use and interpret WISC-IV with additional clinical populations. These new populations include pervasive Developmental Disorders including autism, Social and emotional disorders, psychiatric disorders, and medical disorders that may affect intelligence. An additional new chapter discusses intervention planning across patient populations. Each of the chapters (revised original chapters and new chapters) will additionally include case studies including diagnosis and intervention.

Overall, the material in the book is 65% changed, new, and updated. These changes make the second edition better able to meet a clinician's needs in using and interpreting this test.

Key Features

New to the Second Edition:

  • Inclusion of case studies illustrating the clinical applications of the WISC-IV in assessment and program planning
  • Intervention recommendations following from assessment to diagnosis
  • Introductory chapter illustrating the relationships between the WISC-IV index scores and intervention planning
  • New chapters on Learning Disabilities, emotionally disturbed children, systematic illness, and Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Specialized chapters on neuropsychological applications, executive functioning, and cultural issues
  • Additional information to aid test interpretation including extended norms for gifted children and the Cognitive Proficiency Index
  • All chapters revised to reflect data obtained from the test in clinical use


School and child clinical psychologists, allied professionals such as special education teachers and psychiatrists who use the results of the WISC-IV


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"This edited volume is intended as a resource for both graduate instructors and practitioners who use the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-IV (WISC-IV) as a tool for clinical assessment, diagnosis, and the development of psychoeducational interventions for a variety of disability categories. With a clear scientist-practitioner perspective and a focus on data interpretation and integration, it is a welcome addition to any professional library, particularly for practitioners who frequently use the WISC-IV as an assessment tool... Taken as a whole, the content and organization of this book makes the information easily accessible and very relevant for clinicians who use the WISC-IV as one of their assessment tools."
--Journal of Psychological Assessment (2010)

Praise for previous editions:
"...the book is an excellent resource to assist practitioners to move beyond the mechanics of testing into the clinical enterprise of assessment. It would be a welcome addition to the bookshelf of practitioners at any stage of their career providing novices with direct instruction in both technique and theory and more experienced clinicians with excellent examples of what constitutes best practice."
--Canadian Journal of School Psychology (2008, 23:140)

"It has wonderful information that is invaluable for having a solid knowledge base about this test. The editors and contributors are credible authorities. ...The book contains everything you want to know about the WISC-IV. ...This is a book that you must have if you are going to do testing with children. It is not just for the clinician but students who are in the process of learning. It has much useful information and interpretive strategies to guide one through a wealth of data obtained by the WISC-IV. The book addresses special populations and contains helpful cross-cultural information. I don't think there is any other book to compare with it on this topic."

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About the Editors

Aurelio Prifitera Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

Pearson Assessment, San Antonio, TX, USA

Donald Saklofske Editor

Dr. Saklofske is a Professor in the Division of Applied Psychology at the University of Calgary. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Saskatchewan and Swinburne University, Australia. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science. Dr. Saklofske has published more than 150 journal articles and book chapters on intelligence, personality, individual differences and psychological assessment. As well, he has written or edited books on the Wechsler intelligence scales, personality and intelligence, exceptional children, and educational psychology. He is the Editor of the Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment and the Canadian Journal of School Psychology and Associate Editor of Personality and Individual Differences.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Western Ontario, Ontario, Canada

Lawrence Weiss Editor

Lawrence G. Weiss, PhD is Vice President of Test Development for Pearson Clinical Assessment. He oversees a department of 150 professionals and is responsible for all research and test development activities related to the company’s psychological, educational, speech, language, and occupational therapy assessment products as well as post college admissions tests. He also advises on test development activities for the company’s international business partners around the globe including Pearson Clinical Assessment offices in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, The Netherlands, India, China, Spain, and Brazil. Dr. Weiss has presented widely on intelligence in more than a dozen countries. He has authored or co-authored the following 7 graduate level text books: • WISC-III Cross Cultural Analyses: Culture and Children’s Intelligence (2003) • WISC-IV Clinical Use and Interpretation (2005) • WISC-IV Advanced Clinical Interpretation (2006) • WISC-IV Clinical Use and Intervention (2008) • WAIS-IV Clinical Use and Interpretation (2010) • BAYLEY-III Clinical Use and Interpretation (2010) • Advanced Clinical Assessment with WAIS-IV and WMS-IV (2013) Some of his books have been translated into Spanish, Japanese, and Korean. In addition, he has authored or coauthored approximately 30 journal articles, 12 technical reports, and 10 other book chapters. Dr. Weiss holds a PhD degree in industrial and organizational psychology from Texas A&M University, and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Trinity University. He lives in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife of 28 years, Judy Ann. The Weiss’ have two adult sons.

Affiliations and Expertise

Pearson Assessment, San Antonio, TX, USA