Accurately measuring a child’s cognitive abilities is a complex activity when there are significant language and/or cultural barriers that need to be overcome, yet this is an issue commonly faced by practitioners in diverse contexts like South Africa. The Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children, 2nd Edition (KABCTM-II) offers a possible solution, making minimal use of verbal instructions and requiring little cultural inferences to be made, allowing for fair assessments to be conducted in educational environments and in clinical settings where the child’s neurological status needs to be investigated. The KABCTM-II aids practitioners in understanding how children receive and process information, thereby pinpointing cognitive strengths and weaknesses. As a result, the KABC-II can be used to identify why students’ academic achievement is not on par with other children and find possible interventions to assist with these shortcomings.
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