IQ testing is an anachronistic encapsulation of the entrenched 'medical model' thinking within the EP profession.It clearly perpetuates an exclusive philosophy at the heart of educational assessment, which can only have detrimental effects on the outcome of the assessment as it is far from comprehensive in nature. What we need are creative, optimistic and holistic means of documenting an individual's strengths and potentials, which measures rates of progress and gives hope for the future to an individual and their family.
We no longer need to justify our existence by following 'Medical Model' approaches to labelling abnormality and need to Normalise descriptions of Difference.
Medical Model vs. Psychosocial/Behavioral Model
So a normal reaction of mental distress to an abnormal situation such as witnessing domestic violence is not an illness but a possibly healthy response to a traumatising environmental trigger. We must therefore find creative and supportive ways of dealing with the young person's emotional and mental health needs. Dave Traxson 12-02-18
We would urge that consideration be given to forbidding the prescribing of stimulant-medication to children under the age of 6 years unless there is significant distress caused to the child by their own presenting behaviours, and that medication is supported by a second opinion from parent(s) and a tertiary service. We believe that psychological and psycho-educational programmes are advantageous to children of this age and that psychotropic medications are unnecessarily risky, unethical and of limited efficacy. This is therefore a safeguarding issue. In other European countries such as France medication is not recommended under the age of 7 years.