Scientists Try to Find Ways to Demonstrate that Nonspeakers with Autism Understand

This podcast is attempting to explain alternative means of testing the intelligence of nonspeaking autistic people. (It is the companion piece to the article I shared from The Atlantic Magazine in my last post). These tests rely on evidence in the brain to show understanding when a person cannot communicate. I’m all for showing intelligence because it’s important to show.
I think teaching communication is helpful too. I mean, I really can show my intelligence if I communicate.
That is going to be my goal each and every time I hear or read something like this, because intelligence remains trapped if a person cannot type their thoughts or express their ideas somehow.

Incidentally, my mom and I were interviewed for this podcast.

5 responses to “Scientists Try to Find Ways to Demonstrate that Nonspeakers with Autism Understand

  1. Hi Ido
    I haven’t checked out the video yet but I want you to knowntgat here in Melbourne Australia the education department have changed their guidelines for IQ testing of those with speech impairments, recommending IQ tests that don’t require spoken responses. This is after Dr Rosie Crossley tested around 60 guys on tests that only required the ability to point independently. Only one scored below average. The testing was were filmed by Professor Douglas Bilken and the footage sent to the education Dept. Those who were ofnschool age and involved are going to soon (hopefully) be educated by the dept. you are an inspiration to me Ido (I am the long term carer of a guy like you who types). Love you even though I don’t personally know you. Sharene

  2. Hi
    I’m about to start some research in this area at CRAE UCL – I am looking for autistic consultants who have had experience of being minimally verbal in school. Consultations will be paid, can be credited or anonymous , and will inform research questions and interviews. I am a teacher by trade .My aim is that the research will directly impact on practice in schools. Consultations would be designed to meet the needs of consultants.

  3. Hi Ido, just wanted to say that your book has changed my perspective on the condition dramatically and has given me a deep understand as a father of a 6 year old with non-verbal Autism.

    Much love from Australia.

  4. Many thanks .. You do a beautiful job! My 8 year old son is little verbal and with his help I was able to understand the intelligent and wonderful person he is! I would love to be able to teach you by your learning style! God bless you always Ido Kedar !!

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