Why Q-interactive is the way to go

Today’s educational (as well as clinical, neuro and forensic) psychologists are under pressure to deliver high quality assessments to parents, schools and professionals, and need to plan their consultations and interventions with schools, young people, parents and other adults very carefully. They also need a good mix of assessment tools, interviews and observations to carry out their work and help them administer the assessments, score and interpret reports with ease. Q-interactive is a tool designed to help Psychologists do exactly that ensuring their work is of a high quality. 

Q-interactive has many unique features and benefits so let’s take a closer look at them: First and foremost, Q-interactive (or QI for short) is a digital tool offering professionals an assessment that flows seamlessly without the need to plan the details on paper. This not only saves time, but also facilitates the move to a paperless workplace without having to worry about the logistics of test administration.

Clients also favour the format requiring less paper, as many of them are comfortable using electronic equipment, even at a young age. Tom Long gives a very good example of a complex child with ADHD with a number of behavioural difficulties, who was not too keen on two paper/hard copy tests, but fully engaged with the iPad and completed the entire assessment.

The assessment confirmed that he is cognitively very able and didn’t need to be placed in a school for children with significant learning difficulties, which was deemed necessary until he experienced QI-based assessments.

Other benefits of QI include an easy set up and support materials, such as online tutorials. The programme is quite intuitive and some users don’t even need a tutorial, but when a rare glitch occurs, there is a telephone support system in place.

In the work environment, a more experienced colleague can often be of help to those who are using the tool for the first time. On average the programme can be up and running with a new set up within 40 minutes!

QI is also very easy to use – users can take advantage of a Practice Assessment feature which allows them to practise administration of subtests free of charge, but once the assessment has been set up and trialled, there are rarely any problems. Anyone new to iPads may feel a little anxious at the start, but your worries will quickly disappear as QI works even in remote areas with no Wi-Fi.

The set-up for assessment, the sync with the desktop QI site and interpretive reports always work with no difficulties.

QI’s other great feature is its flexibility and many users don’t even realise its full extent while administering subtests. Flexibility becomes more evident as the users become more familiar with the tool and are able to pick and choose subtests from a selection of the assessments available. For instance, subtests from both the WISC-V and the WIAT-III can be included in one battery to give a fuller picture of a child’s ability.

Automated assessment scoring is also worth mentioning – it is truly effortless, and some of the interpretative statistical analysis helps to interpret the tests, subtests and scales, providing ease of analysis for report writing and feedback to the client.

Another great feature is reporting - for example the QI report with the WISC-V is comprehensive, detailed and provides a wealth of information and help to validate interpretations and observations. QI reports are helpful for raising questions and undertaking detailed analysis of assessments with regards to relevant interventions for the clients, which are refined and backed up through normative assessments. 

Psychologists who already use QI have no hesitation in recommending this assessment to their colleagues, due to the ease of administration and the value this tool adds to their work.

QI is especially effective in supporting psychologists with the shift towards agile and mobile networking. The above post is based on the Q-interactive review by Tim Long, Educational Psychologist, which he did earlier this year, explaining why he recommends this assessment tool. If you'd be interested in writing your review of QI, please add your details to this form.

The clinical psychologists and neuropsychologists at the Cambridge Centre for Paediatric Neuropsychological Rehabilitation (CCPNR), who work with children and young people affected by brain injury through accident or illness, have also reported a leap forward since starting to use QI. They attributed it to the digital format, automatic scoring and robust technical support. Read the full review here.

  • Lifetime award for memory expert Professor Alan Baddeley

    We're delighted to congratulate Professor Alan Baddeley FRS CBE on receiving this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Psychological Society’s Research Board.

    Professor Alan Baddeley is a psychologist whose research interests are in human memory, neuropsychology and in the practical application of cognitive psychology. He has published very widely on theoretical aspects of memory and was one of the authors of the original Rivermead Behavioural Memory Test (RBMT). For many years he was the Director of the Medical Research Council’s Applied Psychology Unit (now the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit) and is currently Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of York.

    Professor Badderley is co-author of a number of Pearson Assessment's tools, including the new Spot the Word - Second Edition (STW-2), Doors and People, and the bestselling Rivermead Behavioural Memory Test - Third Edition (RBMT-3). View his range of asssessments on our author page.

    Read the full article from the BPS.

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  • A new review of the TFLS UK / WMS-IV UK gets the star treatment

    This week has definitely got off to a positive start with more product reviews coming into our inbox.

    The first is from Dr. Carol A. Ireland, CPsychol, MBA, Forensic Psychologist, Chartered Scientist, University of Central Lancashire and CCATS (Coastal Child and Adolescent Therapy Services) - and Editor of British Journal of Forensic Psychology who has kindly reviewed The Functional Living Scales, UK Version for the BJFP. Here's just a snippet of the full review which you can read on our website:

    The TFLS UK has "helpful applicability with the relevant populations, such as assisting in questions of competence and levels of independent living. It is however more suited for community populations, including community forensic populations, as opposed to clients in a secure setting, and where their daily living as assessed by this tool may be more restricted. A strength of this assessment is its focus on the more complex skills required for independent living, and which are more cognitively demanding. It can therefore be considered a robust tool for assessing these more multifaceted components, with a general opinion that it is these components which can first be noted to disintegrate with neurodegenerative disorders, as opposed to the more basic aspects of daily care. As such, there is the potential to identify difficulties much earlier, and to then put in place supportive measures and interventions for the individual. It also moves away from a traditional over-reliance on the self-report of others when making a judgement on these skills, and focuses more directly on the observed ability in the client...Overall this is a helpful instrument."

    The second review comes via the British Psychological Society Testing Centre where Joanna Horne & Angus McDonald have carried out an evaluation of the key features of the Wechsler Memory Scale - Fourth UK Edition (WMS-IV UK). Describing the WMS-IV UK as "a very well−developed psychometric assessment of memory in adults that provides rich information" the reviewers have awarded 5 stars to the Quality of Materials and 4.5 stars to the key characteristic of Overall Reliability and the Quality of Documentation. Find out more about the WMS here.

    Many thanks to all our reviewers, we'll be publishing details of new product reviews here shortly! If you're interested in reviewing one of our assessments or want to share your best practice please do contact us at marketing@pearsonclinical.co.uk

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