Cognitive assessments focus on the capacity of a parent to use and retain information. The findings of a cognitive assessment can ensure that communication and support are provided to the parent in a way that they can understand and use. Cognitive assessments address a wide range of abilities, including attention, memory, problem-solving, language skills and intellectual functioning. This involves taking a short clinical history and the administration of a standardised, validated measure of IQ (the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scales IV – WAIS IV).
Please be aware that it is not possible to use the WAIS IV with parents who do not have a good command of the English language, even with an interpreter present. In general we do not have access to versions of this test in other languages. However we can explore with the parent whether there have been any indicators of cognitive difficulties in their developmental, educational and employment history, and their literacy and everyday coping skills. This screening exercise can be supplemented with a language-free test, such as the Test of Nonverbal Intelligence Fourth Edition (TONI-4) or the Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Scales (II).
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