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Bedside Western Aphasia Battery Revised
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Supplemental-Highly Recommended: Stroke
Short Description of Instrument
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.
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.
Age range: 18 to 89 years
Completion time: 30-45 minutes, additional 45-60 minutes for the reading, writing, praxis, and construction sections  
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Scoring and Psychometric Properties
Scoring: The test provides a number of criterion cut scores.
Psychometric Properties: High internal consistency measures and high test-retest reliability argue for stability of the test both because its parts contribute to the composite index and because of its temporal reliability. Inter- and intrajudge reliability are both very high, suggesting consistent scoring within and between scorers. The WAB satisfies face- and content-validity criteria. Results from the WAB and the Neurosensory Center Comprehensive Examination for Aphasia (NCCEA) highly correlate, indicating good construct validity. WAB AQ scores and Raven's Coloured Progressive Matrices scores significantly correlate, suggesting that the language portions of the WAB are not totally independent from nonverbal functioning. WAB AQ scores reliably differentiate between aphasic and control groups, with only a small overlap for high functioning anomic aphasic subjects.
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Document last updated June 2020