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Step 1: On an Internet-connected computer, the client takes a 30- to 40-minute test that includes: a) questions about the client's background, pertinent medical history, and interpersonal skills that are answered by the clinician; b) questions about self-confidence and vocational interests that are answered by the client; c) neurocognitive subtests of working memory, learning capacity, critical thinking, attention, motor speed, and reading comprehension; and d) an optional mental status examination completed at the provider's discretion.

Step 2: Immediately following the test, the provider can generate a report that includes: a) neurocognitive test results based on age-matched, normative data with special weightings for key demographic variables; b) client-reported inventory of vocational interests that is compared and reconciled with the client's neurocognitive strengths and weaknesses; c) clinician reports of psychosocial variables regarding strengths and problems in interpersonal functioning and activities of daily living; d) a report of mental status (if applicable); e) provider-generated comments and observations; and f) cautions regarding test interpretation based on pertinent client data.

Step 3: If mental status was not assessed initially, the provider can complete a mental status exam at a later time. The HeadMinder Mental Status Exam is easily and quickly compiled using a mouse-based "point-and-click" interface. Results are presented in a narrative format and are added to the WCS report.

Step 4: Following a second test administration, the provider can generate a longitudinal report using specialized statistics that allow for comparison of results with earlier WCS administrations. Statistics directly compare each client's scores to his/her own baseline, not group averages. This enables the provider to determine whether neurocognitive functioning is improving, remaining stable, or deteriorating. Vocational information and mental status data can also be compared to earlier tests to aid assessment and treatment planning.

Step 5:Additional test administrations allow for further monitoring of significant changes in neurocognitive functioning.

Innovation

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Patented proprietary technology.

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Providers can administer the WCS and access WCS test records from any Internet-connected PC.

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Using specialized statistics, the WCS longitudinally measures significant change in neurocognitive functioning of clients receiving social, educational, or mental health services and interventions.

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Information regarding a client's vocational experience and aptitudes, interpersonal functioning, and activities of daily living is integrated into reports.

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Specialized normative statistics tailored to the number of tests taken reduce the influence of practice effects and other sources of error. Multiple equivalent alternate forms are also used to control for practice effects.

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Confidentiality is maintained; only registered providers can view a client's report.



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