The following standardised assessment tools for children have been developed by researchers at CALM.
Working Memory Rating Scale (WMRS)
The Working Memory Rating Scale (WMRS) is a behavioural rating scale developed for educators to facilitate easy identification of children with working memory deficits. The WMRS was developed on the basis of interviews with educators and consists of 22 items. It provides a quick and efficient to identify working memory problems that may impair learning. It is suitable for ages 5 to 11 years. Click here for further details.
Working Memory Test Battery (WMTB-C)
The Working Memory Test Battery for Children (WMTB-C) provides an accurate assessment of working memory in 5 to 15 year olds. It is designed to reflect the three component structure of the working memory model proposed by Baddeley and Hitch. These components include a central executive, which is involved in the control and regulation of working memory, and two ‘slave systems’ – the phonological loop, which is responsible for holding verbal information for short periods, and the visuo-spatial sketchpad, which holds visual and spatial information over the short term. Click here for further details.
The Children’s Test of Nonword Repetition (CNR)
is suitable for use with children aged between 4 and 8 years who are attending mainstream schools. It can also be used with older children with language related learning difficulties. CN REP provides a reliable indicator of short-term memory which correlates well with language and other difficulties. Click here for further details.
Nonword Repetition Test
This nonword repetition test consists of 28 nonwords ranging in length from two to 5 items, and is appropriate for use with children from 5 years of age through to adults. Normative data are available for children aged 5 to 15 years, and for undergraduate students. Contact Susan Gathercole if you wish to obtain this test.
Reading Decision Test
The Word Decision Test assesses children’s ability to make decisions between known meaningful words and nonsense words. This test is suitable for children with a reading age of between five and eleven, and can be given either individually or to a group of children. It takes just four minutes to complete, and gives a reading age for each child. Click here for further details.