Measuring the Autistic Brain: Why IQ Tests Are Important and Not Important

On Monday, I drove Ian about 30 minutes away to a picturesque corner of New Jersey with green hills and white horse fences to a private therapy center for a fresh set of educational and IQ tests for Ian. Our lawyers insisted that district get new data on my kid in order to rewrite Ian’s transition plan. 

Ian’s IQ has been tested many times over the years. I don’t think we ever tested Jonah, my typical son, but it’s just something that happens when you have a student with an IEP. Students with IEPs must be tested for everything — IQ, education, speech, whatever they need — every three years, because theoretically those tests should guide schools about goals and services for the student.

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2 thoughts on “Measuring the Autistic Brain: Why IQ Tests Are Important and Not Important

  1. We finished day two of tests yesterday. Ian’s IQ is off the charts. He did tests for executive functioning and higher order thinking, too. The evaluator said that she’s never seen anyone do the tests that quickly and carefully before. He should never have been put in a special ed class. I want to sue the crap out of everyone.

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  2. Good news on the usefulness of testing! I hope the data helps you get the support/services Ian needs to take advantage of his opportunities.

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