Would Love Some Impressions of WPPSI-IV Profile

Posted by: HHGG

Would Love Some Impressions of WPPSI-IV Profile - 09/16/19 06:31 AM

Hi,

My daughter was assessed via the WPPSI-IV just prior to turning 5, and there is huge scatter between index scores. I would love to hear what this may be attributable to, and where to next, if anywhere. I also wondered if there was any possibility of giftedness or 2e based on these scores. If so, how can we help her achieve to her full potential?

She has an interdental lisp and unfortunately also had chronic glue ear/mild hearing loss that was ignored by our GP from age 18 months - 4. As a result she has issues with auditory processing but seems to manage quite well when 1:1. Her father had an ADHD dx as a child. She tends to be perfectionistic/anxious/fidgety/quick to upset. Her gross motor skills are not amazing. She starts kindergarten next year.

WPPSI-IV Scaled Subtest Scores:

BD - 9
Information - 19
Matrix Reasoning - 11
Bug Search - 9
Picture Memory - 10
Similarities - 17
Picture Concepts - 11
Cancellation - 10
Zoo Locations - 16
Object Assembly - 8

VCI - 148
VSI - 91
FRI - 105
WMI - 119
PSI - 97

FSIQ - 119

Thank you in advance for any input/advice smile
Posted by: aeh

Re: Would Love Some Impressions of WPPSI-IV Profile - 09/23/19 07:39 PM

Welcome! Our apologies for not noticing this earlier.

First, yes, this would be reasonable support for some variety of GT-ness, specifically in the verbal area. And yes, also suggestive of a possible 2e. Generally speaking, the remaining domains are average (with the exception of the WMI subtest Zoo Locations). I would probably describe the profile less as scatter than as a focal strength in verbal cognition, where there is a fair degree of consistency in the other areas.

We would need more information to more confidently interpret, but I can suggest some areas to watch. Very strong verbal cognition in combination with poor auditory processing may combine for unexpectedly slow reading development in comparison to oral language. The speech articulation concerns, taken together with not-amazing motor skills suggest that there may be value in closely monitoring fine-motor development, possibly with a speech pathologist and/or occupational therapist look-in. I list both specialists because sometimes articulation issues are a manifestation in the oral-motor domain of more generalized fine-motor delays. If she currently is being serviced in these areas, that likely continues to be very appropriate. Articulation and auditory processing are both quite important to developing sound-symbol correspondence (aka, precursors to reading).

And do remember that often very bright children find their own ways to compensate, and don't necessarily end up presenting with academic difficulties. Unless you already have achievement/developmental concerns, these are areas to watch only, at the moment.

I also wouldn't be shocked if her perfectionistic/quick-to-upset/etc qualities are related at least in part to the wide divergence between her strongest strengths and her weakest weaknesses, which can lead to extra frustration with oneself not meeting one's own expectations. Plus the fact that she probably often is guessing at some of what is happening in her auditory environment, which is a pretty stressful way to live, even for an adult, let alone a very small child.
Posted by: puffin

Re: Would Love Some Impressions of WPPSI-IV Profile - 09/29/19 03:18 AM

AEH is the expert but with that spread the FSIQ is not that valid.