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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