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We’re excited to announce the publication of another instrument to add to your digital tool kit! The Identi-Fi Remote, a digital adaptation of the paper-and-pencil version, is an appealing and accurate test of visual organization designed specifically for testing your clients when you’re apart.

Related article: Now available: Identi-Fi

The Identi-Fi Remote has several distinct advantages:

  • Because administration relies on videoconferencing, you and your clients can connect regardless of physical location.
  • Equivalency between paper-and-pencil and digital formats has been studied and supported. Read our white paper to learn more.
  • Only 10 minutes is needed to obtain the Visual Organization Index, which allows you to quickly and accurately evaluate the examinee’s visual organizational and visual processing skills.
  • Features the same full-color, up-to-date stimuli illustrations as the paper-and-pencil version, making the test salient to current populations and adaptable to mildly visually impaired individuals.
  • Motor demand is low, requiring only a one-word utterance or a simple pointing response.
  • Useful in a variety of contexts:
    • when assessing individuals with traumatic brain injury and other forms of central nervous system compromise
    • when visual perceptual or processing skill deficits are suspected in the evaluation of reading disorders
    • when monitoring recovery following a brain injury or other CNS compromise
    • when right hemisphere dysfunction or deficiencies are hypothesized
    • when visual attention is an issue
  • A technical paper provides detailed administration instructions, and a white paper details the paper-and-pencil to digital equivalency study.

Learn more!

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We’re happy to welcome a new member to the Feifer family of products. The only remote dyslexia screening tool currently available, the FAR Screening Form Remote is a digital adaptation of our trusted dyslexia screener, designed specifically for testing your students when you’re apart.

  • Use with confidence. Proven to be equivalent to the paper-and-pencil version.
  • Get the same results in less time. Indicates risk for dyslexia using phonological and comprehension subtests in just 12 minutes.
  • Ensure your students’ safety. Stay socially distant and safe while testing via teleconferencing.
  • Boost your ability to flexibly serve students. Screen for reading ability from a distance in a variety of circumstances, even beyond pandemic needs.
  • Easily learn to administer. Learn more in the available technical paper and white paper.

Visit the PAR Training Portal for an in-depth demonstration of FAR Screening Form Remote administration, hosted by Dr. Feifer.

To learn more or to order, click here.

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ChecKIT offers your favorite mental health checklists on PARiConnect. The ChecKIT family of products pairs the online assessment industry’s most reliable platform with a library of popular mental health checklists that can be used as a personalized inventory.  

What’s on ChecKIT?

  • NEW! The Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test (MAST) is a 24-item questionnaire developed to screen for alcohol dependence and alcohol-related behaviors.
  • The Language Acculturation Meter (LAM) provides a framework for testing culturally and linguistically diverse individuals to help choose appropriate assessment instruments.
  • The Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) is a 9-item depression screener designed for use with adults in a primary care setting that has garnered overwhelming popularity in research and clinical practice.
  • The Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7 (GAD-7) is a 7-item screener for anxiety. Based on the diagnostic criteria for generalized anxiety disorder in the DSM-IV ™, the GAD-7 is ideal for use in research and clinical practice.

Flexible purchase model

Buy multiple units of checklists up front and decide which you want to use when ready to administer.

Score reports and technical papers

After administration, receive a score report that offers interpretive text that can be easily incorporated into your professional reports. You can also export data to have a ready-to-analyze dataset to facilitate research. Furthermore, each ChecKIT product offers a complimentary technical paper that explains the development behind the measure.

Easily track progress

ChecKIT allows you to save repeated administrations in one location and regularly track client symptoms across therapy sessions.

We are constantly expanding the ChecKIT product family so you can have a variety of tools that work for you!

Check out ChecKIT today!

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The Hopkins Verbal Learning Test–Revised™ (HVLT-R™) and the Brief Visuospatial Memory Test–Revised™ (BVMT-R™) are now available for scoring on PARiConnect. The HVLT-R assesses verbal learning and memory, while the BVMT-R measures visuospatial memory. Both tests are neuropsychological assessments that can be used together as part of a battery. 

HVLT-R and BVMT-R Score Reports generated by PARiConnect provide: 

  • A score summary table that provides raw scores, T scores, and percentiles 

  • A raw score profile 

  • T-score profile 

Save valuable clinical time by letting PARiConnect handle the scoring. Now you can easily score these assessments online and without the expense of software or licenses. Learn more about the HVLT-R and the BVMT-R now! 

Don’t have a PARiConnect account? It’s easy to sign up! Learn more 

Interested in research conducted using the HVLT-R and BVMT-R? Click here and here to see our lists of research articles.  
 

 

Related article: New on PARiConnect: Digital Library  

 

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The PAI Plus takes the existing PAI items and gives users an updated way to interpret the data. Using the original PAI items, the new report offers: 

  • DSM-5® update: Diagnostic possibilities align with the most up-to-date criteria. 

  • Alternative Model for Personality Disorders Profile: An optional new profile scores the PAI in accordance with the model. 

  • Additional supplemental indices:  15 new supplemental indices plus supplemental clinical indicators provide additional profile information. 

  • Context-specific norm groups: Profile overlays for new normative groups can be compared to the examinee’s profile. 

 

Related post: Now on the Training Portal: PAI Plus webinar! 

 

The PAI-SP offers exclusive features 

The PAI Plus Interpretive Explorer, only available on the PAI-SP, enables you to interact with PAI reports to access definitions, review supplemental indexes, and compare client data with normative and clinical samples to offer additional insights into your client.  

Further additions allow users to compare client scores to context-specific norm groups via z scores. 

Order or upgrade today! 

 

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Research shows an increase in alcohol use during the pandemic and quarantine. Now, PARiConnect gives you a simple tool to screen for alcohol use disorder with the addition of the Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test  (MAST) to the ChecKIT family.  

  • Complete the MAST in-office or send it via email link.  
  • Assess for an alcohol use disorder or alcohol-related behaviors in less than 10 minutes. 
  • Evaluate an individual’s score to guide interpretation and treatment recommendations.  

 

As part of the ChecKIT family, the MAST can be used with other checklists to create a personalized inventory—simply choose the checklists that fit your client needs!  

Learn more about ChecKIT and the MAST now!

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Administration and scoring for the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST) is now available on PARiConnect! The WCST assesses perseveration and abstract thinking, and is considered a measure of executive function due to its reported sensitivity to frontal lobe dysfunction. Now with the WCST on PARiConnect, you can assess for executive functions in a way that fits your practice and your patient’s needs. Plus, the WCST on PARiConnect allows you to: 

  • Practice social distancing by administering remotely. 

  • Save valuable clinical time by letting PARiConnect score for you. 

  • Choose 64- or 128-card version—one inventory gives you added flexibility! 

  • Know that research has demonstrated general equivalence between computerized and card administration of the WCST. 

 

Now you can purchase the quantities you need without the expense of software or licenses! Learn more about the WCST on PARiConnect

 

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Many adjectives can be used to describe 2020, but for those of us at PAR, the word busy is one that comes to mind! In case you missed any, look back on some of the innovative products that PAR released this year.

BRIEF2 ADHD Form: Use BRIEF2 scores to predict likelihood of ADHD.

ChecKIT: A library of popular mental health checklists that allows users to mix-and-match their inventory as needed.

Identi-Fi: Measure visual organizational ability.

Feifer Assessment of Mathematics (FAM) Interpretive Report on PARiConnect: A new report that provides scores for all 19 subtests and includes detailed interpretations.

Feifer Assessment of Writing (FAW) with scoring on PARiConnect: Examine the underlying processes that support written language skills. Scoring available on PARiConnect.

Older Adult Cognitive Screener (OACS): Screen for neurocognitive impairment.

PAI Plus: Interpret PAI data in a new way; available on PARiConnect.

Pandemic Anxiety Screener for Students–12 (PASS-12): Assess the impact of a pandemic on a student’s everyday functioning.

Spanish Forms: Serve your clients with Spanish forms for the NEO-FFI-3 Form S Adult Item Booklet, the NEO-PI-3 Reusable Form S Item Booklet, and the NEO-PI-3 Hand-Scorable Answer Sheet, the PAI-A Hand-Scorable Answer Sheet, the PAI-A Softcover Reusable Item Booklet, the PAS Hand-Scorable Response Form, the RADS-2 Hand-Scorable Test Booklet, and the RCDS-2:SF Test Form.

Plus, we’ve added many new ways to use your favorite PAR products in remote settings, including introducing in-person e-Stimulus Books, e-Manuals, and remote assessment solutions. Learn more about these offerings on our School Resources page or our Remote Assessment Solutions page.

And make sure to stop by the PAR Training Portal to catch up on new interactive courses on the EDDT Family of Products, the NEO, and the FAW, as well as numerous videos, recorded webinars, and supplemental materials!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ChecKIT on PARiConnect offers you a centralized location for brief, commonly used mental health checklists. Now we’ve added the Language Acculturation Meter™ (LAM) to our ChecKIT offerings so clinicians can quickly determine an individual’s level of English-language acculturation.

What’s on ChecKIT?

  • NEW! The Language Acculturation Meter (LAM) provides a framework for testing culturally and linguistically diverse individuals to help choose appropriate assessment instruments.
  • The Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) is a 9-item depression screener designed for use with adults in a primary care setting that has garnered overwhelming popularity in research and clinical practice.
  • The Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7 (GAD-7) is a 7-item screener for anxiety. Based on the diagnostic criteria for generalized anxiety disorder in the DSM-IV ™, the GAD-7 is ideal for use in research and clinical practice.

Flexible purchase model

Buy multiple units of checklists up front, but you don’t need to decide which checklists you want to use until you are ready to administer them.

Score reports and technical papers

After administration, receive a score report that offers interpretive text that can be easily incorporated into your professional reports. You can also export data to have a ready-to-analyze dataset to facilitate research. Furthermore, each ChecKIT product offers a complimentary technical paper that explains the development behind the measure.

Easily track progress

ChecKIT allows you to save repeated administrations in one location and regularly track client symptoms across therapy sessions.


We are constantly expanding the ChecKIT product family so you can have a variety of tools that work for you!

Check out ChecKIT today!
 

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Dementia is one of the most devastating diagnoses a patient and family can receive. It is a major cause of disability and dependency among older people worldwide, and nearly 10 million new cases are diagnosed globally each year. Early screening of dementia symptoms in older adults is critical to ensure timely treatment and intervention—and to minimize the impact on the patient and family.

PAR’s new neuropsychological assessment instrument, the Older Adult Cognitive Screener (OACS), will help you serve your older patients and their families with quicker answers. An all-digital informant rating scale, the OACS is designed for early screening of dementia symptoms for patients ages 55–90 years and will assist with follow-up determinations, including initiating or referring your clients for comprehensive diagnostic testing. Results are based on the observations and knowledge of a reliable caregiver, family member, or friend (e.g., spouse or home health care worker).

How does the OACS help you screen for neurocognitive impairments? 

1. Administration and scoring are rapid and reliable.

Raters can complete the items in only 5–10 minutes online, and scoring is instant via PARiConnect. Change Reports are available to help you track change over time.

2. The OACS is entirely digital, ideal for telehealth and social distancing.

Another significant advantage of the OACS is its digital format, which aligns well with today’s telehealth models and enables you to continue testing even when social distancing is required. Plus, because the OACS is administered through PARiConnect, data are easily exported into an electronic medical record (EMR) system.

Related article: SPEAKING MORE THAN ONE LANGUAGE MAY DELAY ONSET OF DEMENTIA

3. Items map onto DSM-5 domains.

The OACS is the only neurocognitive screener with items that map directly onto the six principal domains of neurocognitive function identified in the DSM-5®: executive function, complex attention, language, perceptual–motor, social cognition, and learning and memory. An additional item addresses activities of daily living (ADLs) to help you determine how the patient performs common physical tasks.

Why should I use the OACS?

Designed to be used in medical settings by primary care and specialty physicians, the OACS can also be administered and scored appropriately by nursing staff and properly trained clerical staff. It is also useful for clinical psychologists, neuropsychologists, and others who treat older adults on a clinical basis in a variety of mental health settings, including nursing homes and community mental health centers.

It was developed by trusted authors Cecil R. Reynolds, PhD, and Erin D. Bigler, PhD, to provide a rapid, cost-effective, and valid means of screening older adults for cognitive dysfunction.

To learn more or to order, visit parinc.com/OACS or call PAR Customer Support at 1.800.331.8378.