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Western Aphasia Battery-Revised

(WAB-R)
  • Andrew Kertesz

The Western Aphasia Battery-Revised (WAB-R) assesses linguistic skills most frequently affected by aphasia, plus key nonlinguistic skills, and provides differential diagnosis information. Adaptable to various administration settings from hospital room to clinic, it provides a baseline level of performance to measure change over time. 

Age range:
18 to 89 years
Publication date:
2006
Indicative qualification level:
B
Completion time:
Full battery – 30-45 minutes, additional 45-60 minutes for the reading, writing, praxis, and construction sections
Bedside – 15 minutes
Forms:
Two forms: Full Battery and Bedside Tool (screening)
Scores/Interpretation:
Criterion Cut Scores

Pricing & Ordering

  • WAB-R Examiner's Manual

    0158440811

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    Price: $101.75

    Qualification Level B

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  • WAB-R Stimulus Book

    015844082X

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    Price: $154.75

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  • WAB-R Manipulative Set

    0158440854

    (includes 4 Kohs blocks)

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    Price: $82.00

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  • WAB-R Record Forms - Part 2

    015844101X

    Pkg of 10

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    Price: $42.00

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  • WAB-R Record Forms - Part 1

    0158440838

    Pkg of 20

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    Price: $56.50

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  • WAB-R Bedside Record Forms

    0158440846

    Pkg of 25

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    Price: $35.25

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  • WAB-R Record Forms - Combo

    0158440927

    Part 1 (Pkg of 20) and Part 2 (Pkg of 10)

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    Price: $85.75

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  • WAB-R Complete Kit (without Manipulatives)

    0158440870

    Complete kit without manipulatives

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    Price: $325.75

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  • WAB-R Complete Kit (with Manipulatives)

    0158440862

    Includes Examiner’s Manual, Stimulus Book, 25 Record Forms, 25 Bedside Record Forms, Raven‘s Coloured Progressive Matrices Test Booklet, Manipulative Set (includes 4 Kohs blocks), large, soft-side carrying case.

    WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

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    Price: $398.50

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Product Details

WAB-R is an individually administered assessment for adults with acquired neurological disorders (e.g., as a result of stroke, head injury, dementia). It classifies the type and severity of aphasia disorder (if present) and gives a clinically valid baseline for diagnosis, prognosis and research.

Benefits

  • Identify aphasia types.
  • Get a quick look at patient’s functioning, with bedside WAB-R.
  • Assess linguistic skills frequently affected by aphasia.
  • Assess non-linguistic skills.

Features

A full battery of 8 subtests (32 short tasks), the WAB-R maintains the structure and overall content and clinical value of the current measure while creating these improvements:

  • Two new supplementary tasks (reading and writing of irregular and non-words) aid the clinician in distinguishing between surface, deep (phonological), and visual dyslexia.
  • Scores: Aphasia Quotient, Cortical Quotient, Auditory Comprehension Quotient, Oral Expression Quotient, Reading Quotient, Writing Quotient, Bedside WAB–R scores.
  • Revision of approximately 15 items.
  • Spiral-bound stimulus book replacing loose stimulus cards.
  • Revised administration directions with directions to the examinee for all subtests.
  • Detailed examiner’s manual and expanded scoring guidelines for clarity

Resources

The following resources are available for WAB-R

WAB-R Brochure

Table: What does the WAB-R do?

FAQs

Frequently asked questions follow. Click on a question to see the response

When a customer is interpreting a Bedside WAB-R score there aren’t severity descriptors like there are for the AQ on page 83, right? On page 84, it states, “Interpretation of the sections and tasks are consistent with the full test”.

Based on the author’s expertise, the Bedside Aphasia Score should correlate to the full diagnostic test Aphasia Quotient. If this is true, then the Bedside Aphasia Score can be interpreted using the severity ratings supplied for the Aphasia Quotient; however, the severity rating obtained using the Bedside Aphasia Score can only be interpreted as an indicator of the severity rating that could be expected if the full test was administered and an Aphasia Quotient obtained.

How should I use the three different quotient scores (Aphasia Quotient, Language Quotient, and Cortical Quotient) in my test interpretation?

The interpretation guidance for each quotient is outlined in the test manual, pages 83-84. Essentially, these three composite scores represent a narrow vs wide view of the examinee's performance across one or more domain(s) during the test administration. The Aphasia Quotient (AQ), represents the most narrow view of performance — it relates specifically to those oral language tasks that are impacted by aphasia. More broadly, the Language Quotient (LQ) relates to oral language and written language together. Finally, the Cortical Quotient (CQ) relates to the entire cognitive-linguistic performance of the examinee during the administration, using the entire set of linguistic and nonlinguistic domains. With these different views of examinee performance and a detailed case history, you can tease out a profile of strengths and weaknesses in the examinee and make a plan of care.

May I use the raw performance (X out of X correct) on any given subtest in my report?

At most, you could report that the examinee performed "X of X items correct" for a given subtest. This would be descriptive information only. You would not be able to say with any reliability or validity that a raw score performance had any comparison to any other individual that may have been assessed or subtest that may have been given. Make any interpretive statements about raw score performance with great caution and acknowledgement of the lack of comparison ability.