IQ testing

Working with clients that have a moderate intellectual disability (MID).

Why is it important?

The signs of an intellectual disability are not strictly the same from person to person. They can display different physical and cognitive traits from developmental delay through to traumatic brain injury.

This is why it’s important to identify the intellectual capability of a client to help them achieve their employment goals.

What is the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale Test (WAIS-IV)?

The WAIS-IV test helps to identify the areas that a client with an intellectual disability may either struggle to do or be unable to do altogether. 

This test has four key focus areas:

  • Verbal comprehension
  • Perceptual reasoning
  • Working memory
  • Processing speed

What are the benefits to knowing if a client has a MID?

Identifying a client’s intellectual capability can assist with ensuring they are placed into suitable and sustainable employment that is in line with their intellectual and cognitive capabilities.

A Moderate Intellectual Disability Payment (MIDP) can be claimed for clients with an assessed Moderate Intellectual Disability participating in DES-ESS.

Signs your client needs to complete a WAIS-IV test

Below are a few possible signs that may indicate a WAIS-IV test may be required.

Your client may present difficulty with some of the following: 

  • Learning – taking in new information 
  • Reasoning – thinking about something in a logical, sensible way 
  • Abstract thinking – ‘reading between the lines’ and requiring specific and direct instruction 
  • Comprehending ideas and concepts – understanding what is being explained 
  • Judgement – not knowing the correct action for a situation 
  • Problem solving – having difficulty with finding alternatives when something does not go right 
  • Memory – recalling information 
  • Planning – planning ahead and making decisions 
  • Independence – living independently and responsibly

To refer a client, please complete a referral form and email it to

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