16 Apr '12, 5am

How IQ Tests Underestimate Autistic Students' Intelligence | Care2 Causes

How IQ Tests Underestimate Autistic Students' Intelligence | Care2 Causes

Some types of IQ tests may wrongly label autistic children as having intellectual disabilities, say two Florida researchers. Douglas Carothers of Florida Gulf Coast University and Ronald Taylor of Florida Atlantic University presented their findings at the annual convention for the Council for Exceptional Children . As many as 70 percent of autistic children have also been diagnosed with intellectual disabilities. But, as Carothers and Taylor point out, many IQ tests rely on children responding verbally. As Carothers says on Ed Week’s On Special Education blog : …many children with autism don’t respond to verbal stimuli and may speak little themselves, but some psychologists expect them to respond to questions on an IQ test out loud. If asked to create a sequence from a series of pictures in order to test their social skills, “they may be more interested in the pieces than...

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