How do you go about testing to see if your child is gifted?
DS is 3.5 and his kinder (3 year old kinder), our gp and his health nurse have all suggested we have him tested but not said how we go about this. They have also suggested he will need a school with an extension program.
He seems quite bright to us but then again we are biased. He tested at a 5.5 - 6 year old level with everything as his 3.5 year check up.
He can write and recognise all letters of the alphabet, write and count to 50, does 100 piece puzzles with ease. He can write and recognise all of our names and recognises Pop, Gran and Grandad. His speech is wonderful and he spoke quite early. He makes friends and plays well.
His kinder has been wonderful and supply things to challenge him and we also send things like his puzzles to kinder.
DO we do something now or wait until he is at school?
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18-05-2014 09:59 #1
Testing to see if child is gifted?
18-05-2014 10:09 #2
We had DD2 tested by a child psych who specialised in gifted children. She did IQ testing over 3 sessions. DD2 was just over 5 and in preprimary.
To be honest I'm not sure I'd bother before 5 but then again there are many different types of giftedness. DD2 is in language and expression and comprehension more than writing or spelling.
It's expensive which is why we waited. We probably wouldn't have done anything different with an earlier diagnosis. We are now in the process of moving her to a private school where she will be better accommodated. Our state school just didn't offer enough
18-05-2014 10:23 #3
I'd agree with Sonya. Kids develop at different paces and he may be gifted, he may not be. It will become more apparent with age and at this stage doesn't really matter so long as he's in a rich learning environment, which he obviously is.
From the examples you've given I would suggest getting him onto Reading Eggs/Maths Seeds or a similar program. My son was reading at 3 quite coherently because of that program. I'd also make sure that I was nurturing interests at home, so if he's really into trucks, go to great lengths to indulge his passion and take him into the world to get lots of experiences before he goes to school.
It can be hard to know what the 'right' thing to do is for a clever child. It isn't always easy. They do force you to learn things you never thought you would though!
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18-05-2014 10:26 #4
I agree with @Acadaca - there are lots of ways you can extend him at home without going through the formal process of testing him. DD2 used to sit beside her oldest sister while she did reading eggs etc and she loved doing it with her.
18-05-2014 18:20 #5
Thankyou for your advice. I will definitely look into reading eggs. I will encourage that without pushing.
I think we will just let things go for now and reassess when he starts school.
For now we will just follow his lead and see where he takes us
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