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IQ Tests Special Education Verbal or Non-Verbal

  • Published: 2009-03-01 (Revised/Updated 2014-03-14) : JoAnn Collins.
  • Synopsis: By understanding the difference between verbal and non verbal IQ tests you will be able to ask for the IQ test that will appropriately measure your childs academic ability.

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Quote: "Non-Verbal IQ tests are designed to give a comprehensive, standardized assessment of general intelligence with entirely nonverbal administration and response formats."

Is your child with autism or a learning disability going to be given an IQ test by special education personnel? Are you concerned that the IQ score may not be accurate due to your child's disability

Would you like to know about verbal and non verbal IQ tests to see which one would give an accurate IQ score? This article will discuss verbal IQ tests that are usually given by school psychologist vs. non verbal IQ tests that may more accurately reflect your child's academic ability.

IQ tests are used by psychologists school or private, to determine what a child's cognitive functioning and intelligence are. The IQ tests used by most school psychologist are based on the child's ability to understand and use language. If a child with a disability has a serious language based disability such as dyslexia, the language based IQ test may not accurately reflect the child's intelligence.

Why is this important? Because many special education personnel have such low expectations for children with disabilities, that a low IQ score gives them another reason, to not provide needed appropriate special education academic services. The IQ score must be accurate, in order to determine what a child is academically capable of.

The Weschler Intelligence Scale is an IQ test that is often used by school psychologists to determine cognitive ability. This test not only provides excellent predictors of academic achievement but can also be used to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the child. But children with severe language based disabilities may have very low scores on the Weschlers.

Non-Verbal IQ tests are designed to give a comprehensive, standardized assessment of general intelligence with entirely nonverbal administration and response formats. Two tests that may be used are entitled: the Comprehensive Test of Nonverbal Intelligence (CTONI) or the Universal Nonverbal Intelligence Test (UNIT). The CTONI states that it is a language free intelligence test that requires no reading, writing, speaking or listening on the child's part. It is designed for children and adults, and can be given to individual children or in small groups in about 15 minutes. The UNIT can be used on children from age 5-age 17 is nonverbal and response is done by 8 hand or body gestures. There are three testing options available: Abbreviated, Standard, and Extended batteries. Can be used for deaf and hearing impaired students.

By understanding the difference between verbal and non verbal IQ tests you will be able to ask for the IQ test that will appropriately measure your child's academic ability. You should have high expectations for your child and push the school to also; this will help your child live a happy fulfilled life.

Reference: JoAnn Collins is the mother of two adults with disabilities, and has helped families navigate the special education system, as an advocate, for over 15 years. She is a presenter and author of the book "Disability Deception; Lies Disability Educators Tell and How Parents Can Beat Them at Their Own Game." The book has a lot of resources and information to help parents fight for an appropriate education for their child. For a free E newsletter entitled "The Special Education Spotlight" send an E mail to: JoAnn@disabilitydeception.com For more information on the book, testimonials about the book, and a link to more articles go to: www.disabilitydeception.com

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