Administration Time and Ages
DW is compact, portable, and efficient – with administration time approximately 40-45 minutes. It is appropriate for ages 4:0 to adult, including the geriatric population and may be administered in schools, hospitals, mental health settings, or private practice.
The Dean-Woodcock Neuropsychological Battery is comprised of three parts—Structured Interview, Emotional Status Exam, and Sensory-Motor Battery. During the Structure Interview, clinicians ask questions to determine an individual's medical and family background. The Emotional Status Exam includes psychiatric signs and symptoms—covering most major disorders found in the DSM-IV —as well as clinical impressions. The Sensory-Motor Battery consists of 18 subtests as outlined below:
Sensory-Motor Battery Subtests
Naming Pictures of Objects
Simultaneous Localization (Hands Only and Hand/Cheek)
Coordination Test (Finger to Nose and Hand/Thigh)
Construction Test (Cross and Clock)
Although most of the selected tests in DW have a long history of use in neuropsychology, many of the tests were characterized by the lack of standardization in the administration and scoring procedures. DW incorporates modern psychometrics and standardization procedures with standardized measures of sensory and motor functioning.
Normative data for DW was collected from over 1,000 individuals, randomly selected within a stratified design to control for the following variables: sex, race, Latino/Hispanic, age, hand preference, and education. The normative sample is representative of the U.S. population according to the 2000 U.S. Census. DW is unique in that it was developed for use with both English and Spanish individuals. Special efforts were made to provide unbiased measures of an individual’s sensory and motor functioning.