Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wechsler IV

Yesterday I took Sweets for her Wechsler IQ test (WPPSI-IV). This is in preparation for her upcoming IEP meeting, which will be setting up her fast-approaching kindergarten year.

The first module was Block Design. In this game, the doctor set up 3 blocks side-by-side in a pattern of white, white, red, and asked Sweets to copy the design. Sweets did not accurately copy the design (she did white, red, white). They moved on to other patterns using 3 blocks, and then 2 blocks. Sweets was able to stack the 2 blocks on top of each other just fine.

The next module was Information. Sweets had to chose the correct picture as the response to a question - "These 3 items are things you eat. Which of those items is also something you eat?". Sweets seemed to do fine at this. This was followed by open-ended verbal questions. Some of these she gave amusing answers. Who wears a crown? "People" Who else? "Prince Wednesday." What color is most dirt? "Mulch" What color is it? "Black" Who lays an egg? "Baby Beep Beep" (????)

The next module was Matrix Reasoning. There was a set of 4 pictures, missing one, and she had to select which one was missing from a choice of four responses. She did not do very well on this.

The following module was Picture Concepts, which had two rows of pictures, and she had to choose one picture from each row that go together. She really did not do well on this. I don't think she really understood what she was supposed to be doing for this. She often even picked both pictures from the same row.

The next module was Bug Search. There was a target bug symbol next to a search group, and he had to use a stamper tool to mark the correct match to the target. I think she did okay at this.

Then there was a Picture Memory module. In this, she was shown a picture for a few seconds, and then asked to pick out that picture from a group. She did okay with just one stimulus picture, but had a very hard time when there were two stimulus pictures to remember.

The next module was Similarities. The first one was "Yellow and Red are both ____ ", but Sweets would not even answer. I know that she knows that, but she wouldn't participate in that module at all, so we skipped it.

The next module was Object Assembly - or puzzles. She did okay with the 2 piece puzzles, but was not able to do the 3 piece puzzles. One of the puzzles made a circle (a clock), and she worked really hard on it, but could not figure it out. She ended up making a ~ type shape instead and then gave up. The other puzzle was a car, and she got the first two pieces together, but could not figure out where the 3rd piece went.

There was a Cancellation module, in which there were many pictures on a large paper. Some pictures were of things you wear (shirt, pants, hat, etc) and others were of other kinds of things. She had to use the stamper to mark only the things you wear. I think she did pretty well on this. She may not have marked a lot of things in the time allotted, but I think she was pretty accurate in the things she did mark.

There was also a module that we called the Zoo Locations, where she had a base with two compartments at first, and the examiner would tell her which animals lived in which compartment. Then she was given a card with the animals and asked to put them where they belong. She did pretty well with this, even given 2 animals at a time with up to 4 compartments to choose from. Pictures of some of these subtests (the newest ones that are in the WPPSI-IV but not the WPPSI-III) are in this blog post.

Now we have to wait 2 weeks to get the results back, and then the IEP meeting is a week after that.

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