Cognitive Assessment with Children

  • Jennifer R. Bailey
  • Alan M. Gross
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The aim of this chapter was to provide a comprehensive overview of the process of child cognitive in children. Following a brief overview of the area, basic clinician competencies were discussed. The four core areas of clinician competency outlined by the APA task force were delineated. These areas include having a basic understanding of psychometric theory; knowledge of ethnic, racial, cultural, gender, age, and linguistic variables; knowledge of how to test individuals with disabilities; and supervised experience. Following this brief discussion, an example of a basic psychoeducational test battery was explored. Test administration guidelines, test selection, and test interpretations were discussed. Additionally, suggestions were provided for enhancing rapport with the child and increasing the readability of the written assessment report. An overview of a typical assessment report was also provided. This example offered a broad picture of the assessment process, beginning with identifying the referral question, the child’s background (general, educational, family history, medical background, and psychological factors), behavioral observations, and presenting the test results. A discussion on clinician competency in ethnic and cultural issues, gender and age, and linguistic variables was also offered. Another section of the chapter highlighted factors associated with the development of expert assessment competencies. Clinician competency was explored in the context of the examination of test batteries for several of the most common types of child assessments. The section on expert competency ended with a trajectory for obtaining the necessary skills to proficiently work with children. Finally, suggestions concerning how best to provide the training clinicians need to achieve competency were explored.


Intelligence Quotient Cognitive Assessment Clinician Competency American Educational Research Association Test Administration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer R. Bailey
    • 1
  • Alan M. Gross
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MississippiUniversityUSA

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