Language Therapy to Improve WISC Scores
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
My 13 yrs old son underwent WISC V recently.
His scores FSIQ 91, Verbal comprehension 89 (23rd percentile), Visual
spatial 72(3rd percentile), Fluid reasoning 94 (37th percentile),Working
memory 85 (16th percentile), Processing speed 95 (37th percentile).
His working memory in WISC 4 was 50 percentile tested x 3 over the past
few years. Many of his scores had a wide fluctuation including FSIQ of
99 in 2012 and 85 in 2014.
He has ADHD, just diagnosed with receptive language impairment 7th
percentile, Expressive language skill 16th percentile on CELF - 5.
Does his scattered score and language impairment affect interpretation
of WISC V results? Does language therapy improve WISC scores?
Your son's scores are indeed scattered and would need intervention. WISC-V
alone is not a diagnostic test; hence other tests may need to be taken
to determine the extent of his impairment. It would be best for you to
seek help from a reputable educational psychologist and occupational
therapist as he has multiple issues of concerns that need to be
addressed and intervened as soon as possible.
A single therapy may not improve the overall scores but could help in
some portions of the test. Scattered scores are interpreted differently;
in your son's case, interpretation based on a single test would be
unjust. Since there are multiple issues, scores should be interpreted
with great caution from experts in all areas related to the testing and
always seek a second opinion. Unfortunately, this process is long and
painstaking; requires a lot of time on your part, but would be worth the
effort once the right therapies are determined. Do seek opinion and
references from various sources.
Wishing you all the best and I am sure your hard work will pay off well
eventually. Good luck.