Monday, September 23, 2013

Q-Interactive - what is included now and short review of DKEFS

I've just reviewed Q-interactive's offerings and here is a full list:

            Trail making test
            Verbal fluency test
            Verbal fluency test – alternate form
            Design fluency test
            Color-word interference test
            Animal Sorting
            Design Copying
            Memory for Designs
Fingertip Tapping
Word Generation
Memory for Designs, Delayed
Picture Puzzles
Children’s Memory Scale
            Dot Locations
Picture Locations
Dot Locations 2
           CVLT-II (Adults) – Standard and Alternate
           CVLT –C (children)
           CVLT II-Short

This is a nice little set of tests, and makes Q-interactive quite attractive. I  have to admit that I was looking forward to some verbal  CMS subtests, though. And NEPSY also seems to lack verbal memory tests, which is a pity. I hope these will be included in the next update.

The app itself is also getting updated in the next few days, just so that it can be made compatible with the new operating system available for the ipads. The nice things promised for the new version of the app are the ability to export results into Excel, which will display the results in a cleaner format. Also, the Central part will enable some cutting and pasting of results into reports (not that this is a good thing).

I am afraid that I have started to sound like a marketing arm of the Pearsons, so to balance it out, here is a promised review of the D-KEFS:

- generally, it is good, though you still have to use the forms for Trail Making and Visual Fluency, which adds to costs
-  Color-word interference (Stroop) was nice and screen-based
- I had serious difficulties with administering verbal fluency: with a quick client my stylus writing just wasn't up to the task (I find writing with a stylus a bit slower than with a pen - the iPad seems not to be able to cope with really fast, and possibly extra-scribbly writing. This has not been a problem, though, until I hit verbal fluency). I started writing the words on a piece of paper, and then could not put them in afterwards, so had to rely on manual scoring and norming. This made me wary of using electronic version of this test with high-functioning clients (or possibly with anybody).  There may be a non-intuitive way putting in the words after the fact but I have not noticed it at the time. If anybody has found it, or if it has appeared since I last looked at it, I'd appreciate a comment.
- the test returned results in the normal range when clinically a client seemed to have symptoms of executive dysfunction. I don't use D-KEFS on a regular basis, but have been told that its norms are rather 'permissive' in this way. However, I have not looked at it properly, so don't rely on my impression. Considering that the electronic and paper version are using the same normative data, this is more about liking or disliking D-KEFS rather than the electronic version of it.

I will try to have a look at NEPSY and CMS before the end of September and report my impressions.

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