IGT2: Because poor decisions can have consequences

As we age, the prefrontal cortex begins to deteriorate, resulting in diminished decision-making abilities. As a result, decision-making patterns often go unquestioned in this population.


The new Iowa Gambling Task, Version 2 (IGT2) provides the tools to evaluate decision-making deficits and can be used across the life span, from ages 8 to 79 years.


Based on extensive research and studies, the IGT2 offers fast, easy, and flexible computer administration with immediate results. Get the IGT2 Kit for just $629 through December 31, 2018.


Learn more now!

Best practice for the worst times:<br>SVR-20, V2

The Sexual Violence Risk–20, Version 2 (SVR-20 V2), is a 20-item checklist of risk factors for sexual violence developed for use with individuals who have committed, or are alleged to have committed, acts of sexual violence. This new version uses updated data and research to create an evidence-based and legally defensible guide for clinicians making decisions about the monitoring, treatment, and supervision of those at risk for sexual violence.

Based on the success of the original version, the SVR-20, V2 specifies which risk factors should be assessed and how the risk assessment should be conducted. This version features an updated list of risk factors and remains empirically related to future sexual violence, making it useful when making decisions about the management of sex offenders.

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Learning difficulties, test anxiety?<br>The KLDA can help!

Test anxiety is a fact of life for most students. They may worry if they studied enough, if they’ll remember everything they studied, and if they’ll pass the class.

College students may feel extra pressure to succeed from their parents (who may be funding their education), their coaches, and their instructors.

For most students, the symptoms of test anxiety (sweaty palms, feelings of helplessness, and difficulty concentrating) end as soon as the test is over. But for students with an undiagnosed anxiety disorder or another issue that affects learning, such as ADHD, depression, specific learning disability, or executive function deficits, the symptoms persist.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 40 million adults in the United States ages 18 and older have an anxiety disorder—yet only 36% of them seek treatment. Many may not even realize they have a treatable medical condition.

College students face enormous amounts of stress, and not just from tests. For some, it’s the first time away from home and the first time they’ve had to manage and organize their lives independently. These students can easily get overwhelmed. If they have an undiagnosed anxiety disorder or ADHD, they may have poor coping skills and suffer from feelings of incompetence, low self-esteem, and helplessness. Their grades may slip and they may even be at risk of dropping out of school.  Teachers and other staff may notice but may not know how to help.

The Kane Learning Difficulties Assessment (KLDA) is a self-report screening tool designed to identify students who struggle unknowingly with a condition that affects learning such as an anxiety disorder, ADHD, an executive function deficit, or a specific learning disability.

The KLDA can be administered by any instructor, counselor, tutor, or coach and takes just 15 minutes to complete. It evaluates difficulties with reading, writing, math, listening, concentration, memory, organization, time management, oral presentation, self-control, and anxiety.  The test is scored online via PARiConnect and provides a report with valuable information about the student’s individual learning strengths and weaknesses. It also identifies if the student is at risk of an undiagnosed learning difficulty so he or she can seek treatment.

The KLDA report helps both students and teachers by providing specific interventions and accommodations that address the student’s identified academic weaknesses.

The sooner struggling students can get the help they need, the sooner they can get their college careers back on track. Learn more at www.parinc.com/KLDA.

PAR is on the way to NAN 2018!

Will we see you in New Orleans this week at the National Academy of Neuropsychology Annual Conference? Make sure to stop by the PAR booth (#105) while you are in town to take advantage of 15% off plus free ground shipping on all orders placed at the conference.

We will have so many products on hand to browse, like the MEMRY, IGT2, MVP, and more! We can’t wait to see you in the Big Easy!

Check out our new listing of products available in Spanish

Spoken by nearly 40 million people, Spanish is the second-most widely used language in the United States. For Spanish-speaking clients and students who need psychological assessment, a test in English can be a real obstacle. Options such as interpreters, translation services, or referral to outside agencies are sometimes available, but come with their own set of concerns. You can best serve the needs of your clients and students when you have the right assessment instruments. That’s why PAR is proud to introduce our new Spanish language product listing.

PAR offers more than two dozen assessment products in Spanish, available directly for purchase, that cover all categories of assessment. Please refer to this brochure as a reference for your Spanish testing needs. The brochure contains general information on each assessment product as well as information on the specific items available in Spanish. We’ve also included a link to each instrument’s product page on our website for your convenience. 

We are happy to offer you this resource and hope you’ll refer to this brochure as a reference for your Spanish testing needs.

Did you know that many of PAR’s assessment products are available for licensing in Spanish? You can visit our permissions and licensing page for more information.
So many ways to interact with and train on PAR products!

PAR offers several interactive ways to learn more about various PAR products. Whether you have a few minutes, a few hours, a quick question, or a more in-depth concern, we have something for you! Here are some of the resources we offer and how you can take advantage of them!

1.      Training Portal. The PAR Training Portal gives you a quick way to learn more about select PAR instruments. Whether you want to quickly get up to speed on a new measure, become more knowledgeable about a test you’ve used for years, or preview an instrument you are considering purchasing, the PAR Training Portal is a free, on-demand resource available 24/7.

2.      LinkedIn discussion groups. PAR offers two discussion groups on LinkedIn. One group is a general forum where Customers like you can interact with each other, PAR staff, and even authors! The other group focuses on the Self-Directed Search, allowing users to network and share ideas. Join today and get talking!

3.      University Partnership Program. PAR’s University Partnership Program (UPP) is a way to help you save time and money through a concierge service meant just for universities. The UPP is dedicated to assisting you and your students as they pursue advanced degrees.

4.      PAR workshops. Did you know that it’s easy to arrange a PAR-sponsored workshop in your area? We offer a host of training opportunities customized to meet your needs. PAR is even approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing education credits. To learn more about our workshops and webinars, check out our workshop brochure.

We can’t wait to interact with you!

So much to learn on the Training Portal!

PAR is truly concerned with making it easier for our Customers to learn our instruments. With that in mind, PAR has created an online, on-demand tool that allows for training on a product you may consider purchasing or may already have. 

PAR’s free Training Portal provides interactive courses, videos, and supplemental materials that serve as a resource to learn more about select products. A growing selection of training sessions are offered, containing information such as product overview, explanation of how to administer and score, sample items, and so on.

Courses are available on the Academic Achievement Battery™ (AAB™); the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function®, Second Edition (BRIEF®2); the Personality Assessment Inventory™ (PAI®); the Child and Adolescent Memory Profile™ (ChAMP™); the Reynolds Adaptable Intelligence Test™ (RAIT™), and more!

As part of our mission, PAR aims to provide the best support to our Customers. It is our goal to contribute not only with the best assessment tools, but with the best training on these tools as well. To learn more about the Training Portal or register for your free account, visit the PAR Training Portal web page.

PAR's 2018 United Way Campaign:<br>An Incredible Success!

Each year, PAR employees take part in a week-long United Way fundraising campaign. For more than 20 years, 100% of PAR staff members have contributed during our annual drive. This year was no different! We exceeded our fundraising goal, resulting in more than $93,000 in employee contributions to help United Way Suncoast and their partner agencies! With PAR’s matching contribution, we are proud to say United Way will receive just under $140,000 that will help make a difference in the lives of so many people in the Tampa Bay area.

Learn more about how you can help United Way in your community!

Here are a few photos of our week!

Kick-off breakfast: We split into teams to represent four Tampa Bay teams: the Buccaneers, the Rowdies, the Rays, and the Lightning! Some local mascots joined the fun!

 

Teams faced off in a seriously competitive Pictionary contest!


 

 

A company-wide scavenger taught us a lot about our coworkers and United Way Suncoast as we ran from place to place to find clues.

Gain insight with PAR’s white papers

Because we publish our own assessment instruments, PAR has the advantage of being able to provide you with unique insights on our products that simply aren’t available anywhere else. This is exactly why we make white papers available to you—free of charge—for selected tests.

The following white papers are currently available to you:

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Decision Tree (ASD-DT) for the PDD Behavior Inventory (PDDBI). This resource helps readers use the products for screening and intervention planning. You can find the new white paper under the Resources tab on the PDDBI page or via this direct link.

The Development of the Academic Achievement Battery (AAB). This white paper provides you with insights and details on the AAB’s novel approach to reading comprehension. Customers can find the new white paper under the Resources tab on the AAB page or via this direct link.

The Emotional Disturbance Decision Tree (EDDT) family of rating forms. This document helps readers use the suite of products to gain multiple perspectives by comparing dyads or triads of raters. This white paper can be found via this direct link or under the Resources tab on the EDDT, EDDT-PF, and EDDT-SR product pages.

We’re happy to offer our Customers the additional insights available in these documents. We plan to offer you additional white papers in the future, so please watch for updates.

More resources for some favorite products!

In order to facilitate research using PAR products, we have begun offering comprehensive lists of research articles. These bibliographies are available through Mendeley, a free reference management tool. Products that offer these bibliographies will have a note on their product page with a link to their Mendeley bibliography. A PDF of the list will be available on the product’s resource tab.

After accessing the link, you will be prompted to create an account. Mendeley includes a desktop application and a cloud-based system for ease of use when finding references and citing them within a document. Use of this free resource is encouraged to facilitate research on the topics related to that particular assessment.

Currently, Mendeley bibliographies are available for the PDD Behavior Inventory (PDDBI), the Standard SDS, and the Student SDS. More will be added to the website soon!