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Information Processing Speed (3B)

Information processing speed refers to how rapidly an individual is able to perform simple cognitive tasks.
The ability to process information quickly can be impacted by a number of cognitive and physical issues. Information processing speed is related to how rapidly a student can input, integrate, store and output information which is a fundamental aspect of almost all learning activities. Input is related to how information from the senses enters the brain. Integration is the process of interpreting and processing the information. Storage has to do with storing information for later retrieval. Output is the process of expressing information via language or muscle activity. Speed of processing is impacted by working memory deficits and information processing deficits and the use of strategies. Slower processing may be the result of side effects of medication.

Formal Diagnostics

  • WJ III Visual Matching, Score at or under the 35th percentile rank.
  • WJ III Decision Speed, Score at or under the 35th percentile rank.
  • WJ III Rapid Picture Naming, Score at or under the 35th percentile rank.
  • Wechsler (WISC IV, WAIS IV) Digit Symbol Score at or under the 35th percentile rank.
  • Wechslier (WISC IV, WAIS IV) Symbol Search Score at or under the 35th percentile rank.
  • WIAT-III Math Calculation
    • Numerical Operations Subtest Score at or under the 35th percentile rank
    • Fluency Subtests Scores at or under the 35th percentile rank

Intake Questions

  • Do you think it takes you a long time to understand what you read?
  • Do you have difficulty doing tasks that require making decisions quickly?
  • Even when you know the process for working a math problem does it still take you a long time to do the calculations?
  • What accommodations or strategies have been effective in the past?

Resources

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