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Clinical Assessment

Children's Memory Scale

1997 | Cohen, Morris

Children's Memory Scale

Assess children's memory abilities

Ages / Grades 5 to 16 years
Administration Setting 30 minutes
Scores / Interpretation Subtest Scaled Scores and Index Scores Representing Critical Domains of Learning, Attention and Memory
Report Options Two, One for Ages 5 to 8 and One for Ages 9 to 16
Qualification Level C


You can identify deficits in learning and memory, deficient recall strategies, and underlying processing disorders. This valuable information can then be used to design remedial programs based upon the child's strengths and compensatory strategies to help the child circumvent his/her weaknesses.

CMS is a comprehensive, individually administered learning and memory assessment. It offers valuable information for school, clinical, or neuropsychological evaluations, as well as for planning remediation. Use CMS as a screening or diagnostic instrument and evaluate learning and a variety of memory dimensions:

  • Attention and working memory
  • Verbal and visual memory
  • Short-delay and long-delay memory
  • Recall and recognition
  • Learning characteristics

Process Screening Instrument

CMS® is appropriate for use as a process skills screening instrument for children with learning disabilities or memory and attentional deficits, such as traumatic brain injury, attention deficit disorder, epilepsy, cancer, brain tumors, or strokes.

Interpretive Information

Extensive interpretive information is found in the manual, including strategies for intervention based on the relationship between a child's CMS® score and pattern of performance.

Efficient Administration

You can administer the six core subtests in about 20-25 minutes. Then, after a 30-minute break, in which you can administer other verbal or nonverbal measures, you may administer the long-delayed memory test in just 5-10 minutes.

In addition to the Subtest Scaled Scores, you may calculate Index Scores, derived from various combinations of subtest scaled scores. This allows you to obtain information on the clinically meaningful domains of learning, attention, and memory.

  • Verbal Immediate
  • Verbal Delayed
  • Visual Immediate
  • Visual Delayed
  • General Memory
  • Delayed Recognition
  • Learning
  • Attention/Concentration

Highest-Quality National Sample

A sample of 1,000 normally functioning children ages 5–16 is representative of the general population (1995 Census updated) of the United States with respect to race, geographic region, and parental education level.

Minimal Item Bias

When using the CMS®, you can be assured the instrument is fair to all children. Equal numbers of males and females were sampled, and differences between ethnic groups were evaluated. African-American and Hispanic children were oversampled in order to conduct bias analysis. In addition to conducting an empirical analysis of potential item bias, all items were reviewed by a panel of recognized experts.

Clinical Validation Studies

Extensive clinical validation studies were performed to demonstrate the validity and clinical utility of CMS®. Special group studies were performed with a variety of clinical groups, including traumatic brain injury, epilepsy, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, specific language impairment, brain tumor and stroke.

Tablet-based Administration for the CMS

Stimulus books, record forms, and administration instructions are in one place, increasing portability. On-the-fly scoring increases efficiency of administration and reduces overall assessment time.

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*Due to the age of the CMS, we regret to inform you that the software runs on Windows XP or prior versions.

015-8038-002 CMS® Complete Kit in a Box
Includes 25 Record Forms for both age levels (5-8 years and 9-16 years), Manual, 2 Stimulus Booklets, Response Grid, chips in a pouch, and 5 Family Picture Cards, all packaged in a box.
015-8038-088 CMS® Complete Kit in Soft Case
Includes contents as above
015-8038-24X CMS® Complete Kit with CMS Scoring Assistant
Windows® CD-ROM*
015-8038-010 CMS® Record Forms Ages 5-8 years
Pkg of 25
015-8038-029 CMS® Record Forms Ages 9-16
Pkg of 25
015-8038-037 CMS® Manual
015-8038-142 CMS® Scoring Assistant
Windows® CD-R*

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