The following questionnaire was developed developed by LearningWorks for Kids to help parents determine the likelihood that their child may have slow processing speed. You are can learn more about slow processing speed in children here.
Indicate the frequency of the behavior described.
N=No S=Sometimes O=Often A=Always
1. Does your child have difficulty completing class work in a timely fashion? N S O A
2. Does your child become easily frustrated or overwhelmed by homework assignments, even when they are moderate in size? N S O A
3. Does your child often bring home schoolwork because he/she was unable to complete it in the classroom? N S O A
4. Does it often take your child several hours to complete homework? N S O A
5. Does your child ever display difficulties in performance on timed tasks at school such as “math minutes? N S O A
6. Does your child read slowly? N S O A
7. Does your child have difficulty in following fast-moving conversations? N S O A
8. Does your child speak slowly and tend to answer questions in a very deliberate fashion? N S O A
9. Does your child report difficulty in keeping up with classroom discussions? N S O A
10. Does your child sometimes need a moment or two in order to process what he/she has heard before answering a question? N S O A
11. Does your child often ask for questions to be repeated? N S O A
12. Does your child experience problems in finding the “right” words to say? N S O A
13. Does your child have difficulty copying from the blackboard quickly enough to write down all homework assignments? N S O A
14. Does your child report having difficulty taking notes in a timely fashion? N S O A
15. Does your child have particular difficulty in completing written assignments in a timely fashion? N S O A
16. Does your child appear particularly slow at copying tasks? N S O A
17. Does your child seem to tire easily, particularly when he/she is doing writing tasks? N S O A
18. Is your child’s handwriting sloppy? N S O A
19. Does your child have difficulty in keeping up with fast-paced and changing activities at home, at school, and with peers? N S O A
20. Does your child always seem “one step behind”? N S O A
21. Does your child take too much time to complete simple chores? N S O A
22. Does your child become frustrated because he/she completes his/her work slowly or sees him/self as working slower than his/her peers? N S O A
23. Is your child sluggish and slow moving across most situations? N S O A
24. Does your child often need extra time to finish play activities such as drawing, building with LEGOs, or completing a puzzle? N S O A
Processing Speed Questionnaire Description
The Processing Speed Questionnaire is a face-valid set of questions that assesses different aspects of processing speed difficulties. The issue of “processing speed” is a significant concern for many struggling students. In part, this is due to the sense of frustration that many of these otherwise capable students experience in their difficulties completing work in a timely fashion. It has become a more prominent concern as some of our newer psychological instruments, such as the WISC-V and the Woodcock-Johnson-III Tests of Cognitive Abilities, have identified processing speed or cognitive efficiency as a major component of intelligence.
Adding to the confusion are the multiple methods of evaluating the components of processing speed. Varying measures assess issues of fluency, reaction time, naming speed, visual processing, auditory processing, or written processing speed.
The current scale attempts to give a broad-based assessment of written and auditory processing efficiencies and, at the same time, assesses how difficulties in these areas have an impact upon children’s performance in school, in communicating with others, and in their self-evaluation.
While this is not a standardized measure at the present time, our pilot studies indicate strong correlations with neuropsychological test measures of processing speed. We are confident that the scores you collect will help a child who experiences slow processing speed.
N = 0 S = 1 O = 2 A = 3
The items are grouped into four separate categories/subscales:
Items 1-6 SCHOOL-BASED SCALE
Items 7-12 VERBAL PROCESSING SCALE
Items 13-18 WRITTEN PROCESSING SCALE
Items 19-24 SITUATIONAL PROCESSING SCALE
Interpretive guidelines for each scale
Scores of 0 – 5 on a scale is not suggestive of processing speed concerns in the area assessed.
Scores of 6 – 9 reflect moderate processing speed concerns, and attention should be paid to whether there are any scores that are elevated above a score of 10. Interventions can be tailored to specific deficits.
Scores of 10 and above suggest significant difficulties in the area of processing speed, and accommodations at home and school, as well as interventions to enhance processing speed, are indicated. High scores on more than one subscale suggest processing speed issues are global in nature, and both developmental and accommodation strategies will be necessary.
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