Protocol - Verbal Memory - Child
The Children’s Memory Scale® (CMS) assesses a range of memory function in children and includes short- and long-term visual and verbal memory and executive working memory tasks. The verbal memory subtest includes three tasks: Stories, Word Pairs, and Word Lists.
The verbal memory subtest of the Children’s Memory Scale® (CMS) is a proprietary interviewer-administered test. Each CMS subtest is a part of a complete CMS assessment and is not sold separately. To administer a subtest requires a licensing agreement from Pearson.
Summary of the Verbal Memory Subtests of the Children’s Memory Scale®
The Children’s Memory Scale® verbal working memory subtest includes three tasks: Stories, Word Pairs, and Word Lists. In Stories, two stories are read to the participant. The child is asked to repeat each story immediately after it is told (Immediate), again after a delay of 30 minutes (Delayed), and asked yes/no questions about each (Delayed Recognition). In Word Pairs, the participant is read a list of paired words. In Word Pairs Learning, the child is asked to supply the second word after the first word is repeated. In Word Pairs Immediate, after three repetitions of the Word Pairs, the child is asked to repeat as many word pairs as possible without cues. After a delay of 30 minutes, the child is again given the first of the paired words and asked to supply the other (Word Pairs Delayed). The child is then asked if certain word pairs were part of the original list (Word Pairs Delayed Recognition). In Word Lists, the child is presented a list of words four times and then given a distractor list. The child is then asked to supply the first word list (Word Lists Total) and again after 30 minutes (Word Lists Delayed). The child is then asked if specific words were on the original list (Word List Delayed Recognition).
The Verbal Memory subtest of the Children’s Memory Scale® is a proprietary interviewer-administered test. Each Children’s Memory Scale® subtest is a part of a complete Children’s Memory Scale® assessment and is not sold separately. To administer a subtest requires a licensing agreement from Pearson.
Personnel and Training Required
Tests can be purchased and administered by individuals with any of the following:
- A doctorate degree in psychology, education, or closely related field with formal training in the ethical administration, scoring, and interpretation of clinical assessments related to the intended use of the assessment.
- Licensure or certification to practice in your state in a field related to the purchase.
- Certification by or full active membership in a professional organization (such as American Psychological Association, National Association of School Psychologists, National Academy of Neuropsychology, International Neuropsychological Society) that requires training and experience in the relevant area of assessment.
The Children’s Memory Scale® (CMS) verbal working memory subtest
|Specialized requirements for biospecimen collection||No|
|Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individual||Yes|
Mode of Administration
Children and adolescents, ages 5-16
The Children’s Memory Scale® (CMS) is a valid and reliable test of various aspects of verbal memory.
|caDSR Common Data Elements (CDE)||Neurology Child Verbal Memory Scale Assessment Score||6459289||CDE Browser|
|Human Phenotype Ontology||Memory impairment||HP:0002354||HPO|
Process and Review
Expert Review Panel 4 (ERP 4) reviewed the measures in the Neurology, Psychiatric, and Psychosocial domains.
Guidance from ERP 4 included the following:
- Added new protocol
- Created new data dictionary
Protocol Name from Source
Verbal Memory Subscales of the Children’s Memory Scale (CMS)
Cohen, M. J. (1997). Children’s Memory Scale. Toronto, Canada: Psychological Corporation, Harcourt Brace & Company.
The Verbal Memory subtest of the Children’s Memory Scale® (CMS) is a proprietary interviewer-administered test. Each CMS subtest is a part of a complete CMS assessment and is not sold separately. To administer a subtest requires a licensing agreement from Pearson.
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Riccio, C. A., Garland, B. H., & Cohen, M. J. (2007) Relations between the Test of Variables of Attention (TOVA) and the Children’s Memory Scale (CMS). Journal of Attention Disorders 11(2), 167-171.
Kibby, M. Y., & Cohen, M. J. (2009). Memory functioning in children with reading disabilities and/or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: A clinical investigation of their working memory and long-term memory functioning. Child Neuropsychology, 14(6), 525-546.
|Variable Name||Variable ID||Variable Description||dbGaP Mapping|
|PX13080201020000||Did the child repeat each story 30 minutes more||N/A|
|PX13080201020100||Did the child answer the yes/no questions more||N/A|
|PX13080201020200||Did the child answer the yes/no questions more||N/A|
|PX13080201010000||Did the child repeat each story immediately more||N/A|
|PX13080201010100||Did the child answer the yes/no questions more||N/A|
|PX13080201010200||Did the child answer the yes/no questions more||N/A|
|PX13080201070000||Thirty minutes after being given the more||N/A|
|PX13080201080000||How many specific words did the child more||N/A|
|PX13080201060000||Immediately after being given the distractor more||N/A|
|PX13080201040000||How many word pairs did the child repeat 30 more||N/A|
|PX13080201050000||How many word pairs did the child correctly more||N/A|
|PX13080201030000||How many word pairs did the child repeat more||N/A|
November 28, 2017
An interviewer-administered test that measures the ability of the respondent to recall words and spoken items.
This measure tests a respondent’s total range of function with respect to verbal memory. It is therefore more specific and sensitive than a measure of global mental status and can be used to assess major problems in verbal memory as well as minor variations that may be a consequence of normal aging.
Neurology, cognition, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, aging, proprietary, gerontology, aging, geriatrics