Giftedness testing uses IQ and Achievement assessments to determine whether a child, adolescent or adult has the abilities to attend a fast-paced learning program.
Is my child gifted?
The following are some signs and characteristics that your child may be gifted:
Long attention span
Well-developed abilities of abstraction, conceptualization, and synthesis of information
Quickly and easily sees relationships between ideas, objects, or facts
Learns quickly and requires minimal repetition or practice
Unusual and vivid imagination
Fluent and flexible thinking
Excellent problem solving skills
Sensitive (emotionally and sometimes physically)
Loses interest in mundane tasks
Relates well to adults (teachers, parents)
May prefer the company of older children or adults
Well-developed and sometimes odd sense of humor
May speak and/or read early
What can the results from Giftedness testing be used for?
Identifying your child as eligible for a gifted program at school
Providing information about learning needs, strengths and weaknesses
Identifying if there are any learning disabilities that need to be addressed
Specific recommendations for accommodations at school
Importance of identifying giftedness in children
It is important that gifted children are identified so that they can obtain an education that is suited to their needs and abilities. All children deserve to be challenged, motivated, and to learn at a speed and complexity that is appropriate to them.
Gifted kids often become bored and frustrated at school because the curriculum does not challenge them, and this can often appear to others as apathy or laziness. Gifted children need to be encouraged to reach their full potential and to be given the opportunity to learn in a way that allows them to explore their natural curiosity.