The Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS) In the Counseling of Students with Learning Disorders



This article discusses the use of the WAIS as a diagnostic tool and as the entering wedge in the counseling process with clients whose presenting problem is academic underachievement. Examples are presented of the use of the test not as a measure of ability but as a source of behavioral observations that may be discussed with the client to alert him to his reactions to test taking, his methods of problem solving, and his reactions to specific learning tasks.