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What is the purpose of intelligence tests in children They help doctors teachers and psychologists diagnose numerous learning difficulties such as cognitive deficits learning disabilities processing disorders attention disorders and mental retardation To accurately identify any of these the tests should be conducted in conjunction with other psychological evaluations as well as physical testing Combined these tests help professionals build strategies best suited to help these children function and progress in learning An individualized education plan IEP can be set into place to address dysfunctions or disabilities What value do I place on these tests I place a lot of value on these tests for without them my daughter would have not been provided the early intervention and education plans to help her achieve to the best of her abilities My daughter whom we adopted at age 1 was tested at age 3 and diagnosed with a cognitive delay At age 7 she was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD Then at age 11 she was diagnosed with Central Auditory Processing Disorder All these were the result of extensive intelligence and psychological evaluations utilizing a wide variety of approaches to be certain accurate results were obtained They were valuable in that they helped the professionals all along the way to develop IEPs to devise a plan within her learning capabilities If it were not for these tests my daughter would have fallen way behind and would have never had the chance to reach her potential As you can imagine I place high value on intelligence tests when used as intended Are intelligence tests are biased I dont believe they are I know there is a lot of reasons why people would think they are biased but I dont believe they are valid reasons For instance some believe they are not true indicators of ones intelligence We all know there are varying levels of society generally having different levels of education accompanying them
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