Administration and Interpretation of the Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System
(D-KEFS), the Clinical Utility of the ACS and TFLS & Introduction to the WMS-IV
presented by Peter C. Entwistle, Ph.D.
Administration and Interpretation of the C-KEFS
In this presentation, we will review the administration of the Delis Kaplan Executive Functions Test, the D-KEFS. Participants will be introduced to the concept of executive skills and how this test measures many aspects of executive function. We will review deficits in executive skills, and how they impact individuals in school settings. We will also review all of the subtests of executive function on the test and the application of the test for treatment planning.
The Clinical Utility of the ACS and TFLS: New Measures of Executive Functioning, Premorbid Functioning, Effort, Daily/ Functional Living Skills, and Social Cognition
The Advanced Clinical Solutions (ACS) and the Texas Functional Living Scale (TFLS) are powerful new tools that increase the clinical utility and expand the construct coverage of the WAIS®-IV and WMS®-IV. These flexible tools provide clinicians with the opportunity to select measures and scoring procedures related to memory, effort, social cognition, premorbid functioning, and daily/ functional living skills without much additional effort on the part of the assessor or the client. Although the ACS and TFLS can provide information on clients from a wide range of backgrounds, they are particularly useful with clients in forensic settings, older adults, individuals with traumatic brain injury, and/or individuals suspected of developmental disorders such as Autism and Asperger’s. Dr. Peter C. Entwistle will begin with a discussion of the rationale for the development of the ACS and TFLS followed by a review of the essential components of both measures. The presentation will cover the available subtests, standardization details, ecological validity, and relevant psychometric properties. Following the overview, case studies will be used to demonstrate the scoring and interpretation of portions of the ACS, including use of the computerized scoring. A particular emphasis will be placed on identifying which components of the ACS and TFLS may be useful to address specific intake questions.
Introduction of the WMS-IV
Participants will be introduced to the WMS-IV, the new subtests, including the BCSE, Designs I & II, and the new working memory tests, the Spatial Addition and Symbol Span.
We will explore the new structure of the test, the Auditory Memory, Visual Memory components and both Immediate Memory and Delayed Recall, and the use of the CVLT-II, instead of the Verbal Paired Associates. Basic Administration of the WMS-IV, and computerized scoring will be reviewed.
We will begin to explore the clinical and standardization sample findings on the WMS-IV, and linkages to the WAIS-IV, and ACS.
About the Presenter
Peter C. Entwistle, Ph.D.
I am an Assessment Consultant for Pearson. Formerly I worked for Harcourt Assessment-The Psychological Corporation. I am Responsible for all states north of Washington, D.C. including, New York, New Jersey & New England. I have been in this position for six years. For the previous 10 years I was on the full-time faculty at the University of Massachusetts-Boston in the Graduate Program of Counseling & School Psychology as an Assistant Professor primarily in the School Psychology program, where I was responsible for teaching intelligence and personality assessment courses, neuropsychology, seminar and supervising internship. I was Program Director at UMass for two years and left in June 2002 to assume the position with Psychological Corporation. I have taught over 400 students who have since become school psychologists during this time. Before joining the full-time faculty, for 6 years I was a Pediatric Neuropsychologist at Braintree Hospital. For six years I was full time faculty at Northeastern University in Boston. Prior to that, I was Chief of Child Psychology at Pembroke Hospital for 6 years, and before that I was the system-wide school psychologist for the Scituate public school system for 10 years. I was an undergraduate in England, did a Master's degree at Harvard University School of Education and a Ph.D. program at Boston College. In graduate school, I worked at a state psychiatric facility for children, Met. State Hospital for 8 years. I am a licensed psychologist and have worked in New Engalnd for over 30 years and have been teaching psychology at the graduate level for 16 years. I aslo matntain an independent practice and do independent pediatric neuropsychological evaluations. I can be reached at 781.826.7197 or fax 781.826.7198. I look forward to meeting you.
In this presentation, participants will review the administration of the Delis-Kaplan Test of Executive Functions (D-KEFS) and parts of the NEPSY-II, the Advanced Clinical Solutions, or ACS, and the Wechsler Memory Scales, WMS-IV.
Participants will be introduced to the D-KEFS, and the new tests, the ACS, WMS-IV & parts of the NEPSY-II and will learn how these tests measures many aspects of adult cognitive, executive and memory functions.
Participants will also review published data for clinical and normal samples.
Participants will learn the administration, scoring and interpretation of the additional and new sub-tests on the ACS test and WMS-IV subtests. We will also explore the Texas Functional Living Scales, or TFLS.
Participants will be introduced to the new computerized scoring software for both WAIS-IV & WMS-IV tests. We will also review the new Advanced Clinical Solutions (ACS) and the application of the ACS with new WAIS-IV & WMS-IV editions.
Participants will learn about the new clinical data obtained on the ACS, WMS-IV and WAIS-IV with geriatric patients and a population of patients with traumatic brain injury.