NAAVI -Neuropsychological Assessment Of Adults with Visual Impairment Kit

by John T. Gallagher, Ph. D. and Katherine A. Burnham



Purpose: a combined text and psychological assessment to cover the area of neuropsychological testing of persons without vision, or with limited vision. 
Ages: Normative Scores for ages 16 - 70+

Qualification Level: 

Comprehensive review of all facets of neuropsychological assessment of those with visual impairments.  The authors draw on their extensive experience treating individuals with visual impairments and developing assessments to provide a comprehensive understanding of individual functioning.

The authors begin by reviewing the visual system, problems that can occur in the visual system, neuropsychological functions and how they are impacted by visual issues, how to assess neuropsychological functions without vision, a history of cognitive and neuropsychological assessment of those with visual impairments, and how the assessments covered in this kit were developed.  It includes reviews to help clinicians identify effective tools for assessment work with this population.  The author also presents a novel condition involving visual impairment and low birthweight.  Please see the "Documents" tab for samples of the manual, including Table of Contents.


The NAAVI Kit is a full neuropsychological assessment battery for individuals with visual impairments. Ten subtests are provided with equipment, instructions for administration, record forms, and summary forms provided to include everything you need to administer a complete assessment of and individual's cognitive and neuropsychological functions.  Normative scores are provided to contextualize individual performance in terms of performance of others with visual impairment.

Research is reviewed which substantiates the development, reliability, and validity of the assessment.  It is not sufficient to only use existing verbal assessments in nonvisual assessment, as a great deal of functions are not assessed in this way.  In addition, verbal skills may be compromised, which would impact performance.  Subtests in the NAAVI assess all facets of functioning, including nonvisual and nonverbal skills.

The textbook provides the grounding and the manual and subtests provide the tools to enable the clinician to gain a thorough understanding of individuals with nonverbal assessment.  The textbook could serve as a reference for use in an assessment class or for a clinician seeking to gain an understanding of nonvisual assessment.  Unlimited reproduction of assessment forms are included with purchase of the manual.  Subtests are designed to be modular and may be purchased separately, allowing clinicians to construct a battery to meet their needs.  Specific case examples make the assessment process come alive, and make the procedures easy to understand, and administer.

As a result of information in this book, the clinician will be prepared to provide assessments for the visually impaired, in the areas of:

  • Vocation
  • Academics
  • Personality
  • Intelligence (Verbal and Nonverbal)
  • Neuropsychology
  • Executive Functioning
  • Spatial Ability
  • Memory (Verbal and Nonverbal)
  • Special clinical populations include: low birth weight, with a new Pervasive Developmental Disorder defined


Areas Assessed

Adapted Token Test

Receptive Language, Hearing, Understanding directions, Immediate verbal retention

Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test (RAVLT)

List learning, Incidental memory, Episodic memory

Tactual formboard test (tfbt)

Spatial exploration, Spatial learning, Independent travel, Spatial distortion, Motor coordination, Sustained attention, Memory- recognition and recall, Spatial understanding, Spatial relations

Auditory Cancellation Test

Attention- immediate and sustained, Impulsivity, Response monitoring, Adaptability, ADHD

Digit Symbol

Spatial learning, Memory, Haptic sense, Processing speed, Learning, Spatial awareness and memory, Spatial orientation

Block Design

Spatial understanding, Tactual-spatial understanding, Spatial rotation understanding, Pattern analysis, Spatial construction

Object Assembly

Spatial understanding, Spatial construction, Manual dexterity, Assembly skills, Part-to-whole reasoning and construction, Problem solving

Pattern Board

Tactual-spatial memory, Spatial preference, Spatial distortion, Verbal memory, Kinesthetic memory

Pattern of Search Test

Independent travel capability, Executive function, Planning, Thoroughness of spatial exploration, Spatial functioning


Assessments described in this text include:


Assessments without separate manipulatives:

  •     Auditory Cancellation Test
  •     Michigan Mathematics Test for the Blind
  •     Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test

Assessments with separate manipulatives (please click each assessment go to that product page):

  •         Tactual Formboard Test
  •         Pattern of Search Test
  •         Adapted Token Test
  •         Pattern Board Test

Haptic Intelligence Scale Subtests

  •         Digit Symbol
  •         Tactile Block Design
  •         Object Assembly 

NAAVI- Neuropsychological Assessment of Adults with Visual Impai

NAAVI- Neuropsychological Assessment of Adults with Visual Impai

Kit Includes: the Manual with all Assessment Forms (unlimited reproduction), all subtests and equipment listed above, a tray for holding and...


NAAVI Manual

NAAVI Manual

NAAVI Manual Qualification Level:  B 


NAAVI Pattern of Search Test Forms

NAAVI Pattern of Search Test Forms

NAAVI Pattern of Search Test Forms (50pk) Qualification Level:  B