At what age is IQ generally assessed?
Do only private schools have gifted programs or do state schools run the too?
My son is ahead of his peers. It started to show at about 2 and a half when he knew his alphabet and sounds of the letters. He could read early readers at 3. He did puzzles really quickly. Could count easily by 4 (to 1000 type counting as in he got the trick). He could recall and point out half the countries of the world on a map and knew the flags of a lot of countries at 3.5.
He's now in the first year of school and, while I'd stop short of saying he's 'gifted', he's way ahead of the other kids in terms of reading and maths. Level 11 reading in the initial screening and did all 100 sight words in the screen. They stopped him counting because of time. Lol.
The thing with a lot of gifted type kids is that their development is lopsided. So while my son was brilliant at reading, maths and general knowledge/science his fine and gross motor skills were average. Not behind, just average. It's important to help them develop their weaknesses while also fostering their talents.
From a psych perspective...IQ tests can be administered from 2 years of age; however I wouldn't want to actually do one that early. I'd say from about 8 they probably become more reliable. You really need to think about why you are making your child sit through quite a lengthy assessment though - if it's just to get a number to satisfy your own curiosity then it's really not worth it, but if it's to get your child extra assistance/funding (generally for kids at the other end of the spectrum), or to gain entry into a specific program that's going to benefit your child in some way, then maybe it's worth considering. It is time consuming though (and expensive if done privately), so I'd advise against doing it unless it really needs to be done. If a child is ahead of his/her peers in some way though, the teacher should be differentiating the curriculum and providing work that is at the child's level, regardless of whether they have a piece of paper stating that the child is gifted - that's their job.
We knew she was smart from the time she could talk, amazing memory and could tell you the name of each part of the eye at 2 years old after being taught.
Chicken foot- my last school in Sydney was exactly the same. My current school in Melbourne doesn't but we offer external programs for those that qualify. Parents have to pay for them though. Both are public schools.
Not my child, but I was considered a gifted child.
Adults - quite rightly I think - tended to avoid discussing it with me, so I don't know a lot of the details. My mum had no idea I could write (more than my own name) until the kindy teacher mentioned it to her. I remember reading picture books to the other kids at kindy as well (would have been 4).
Apparently all of my teachers through primary school mentioned to my mum that they thought I was gifted. There was no specific program at my school. The school tried to address it by putting me ahead (I only did 1 term of reception, and skipped year 6), and giving me extension work.
At high school I was in the top stream for core subjects... but that really wasn't equivalent to a gifted program.
Whilst I was fine with the way the schools approached things at the time, I now think I could have gained a lot from a specific program for gifted/talented kids.
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