Hi, where is the best place to go to find out if your child is "gifted". Sorry, I don't know a better word!!
My DS seems to pick up things pretty quickly. He has just turned 3 and can already recognise letters, knows his left and right and has amazing vocabulary. He is extremely interested in how things work and seems to study the workings of everything he plays with. He gets bored easily and would rather read books then play with toys. I'm not sure what is normal for this age!
Any advice would be great!
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05-07-2015 18:53 #1
3 year old "gifted"?!!
05-07-2015 19:31 #2
First step would be a GP or child health nurse, they can tell you if they think your DS is within "normal" range for his age.
Sounds like he's quite clever though, maybe you've got a little engineer on your hands!
05-07-2015 19:32 #3
You need to see a psychologist for formal testing.
From experience they prefer the child to be 4 or over to test.
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05-07-2015 19:38 #4
I think you can go to certain psychologists to get tested, but I have heard that the tests are quite expensive.
I guess you have to figure out what you would do with the information. At this age, I doubt there would be much more that you could do apart from just opening up new learning experiences to him. More books, advanced puzzles, etc.
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05-07-2015 19:38 #5
What your describing sounds pretty normal, both my ds's were doing those things at 3 apart from the letter recognition. They both went through a stage of being more interested in books rather than toys about then too, both spoke very early fluently long before turning 3. Not sure what age a psychologist would do formal testing, maybe not focus on it too much until he starts school.
05-07-2015 20:06 #6
05-07-2015 20:19 #7
3 year old "gifted"?!!
Moosey, I can relate!
I'm almost positive my dd is "gifted" too, but not sure if my opinion or talking about what I should do to help encourage dd to others just makes me come across as a t.wat or that I'm just biased IYKNIM?
Dd isn't even 2.5 yet and can recognise most of the alphabet now, knows all her colours and shapes, can count and her vocabulary and descriptive words are astounding. She has been able to use all the different remotes for different appliances to turn things on/off/switch channels from a very young age too. (DH and I are very smart too. )
I'm dying to talk about it to people other than my family - who agree she's very bright- to know what is normal, advanced or gifted, but it seems like I'm bragging or comparing and dd tends to go all quiet in front of others like the gp haha
I figure I'll just wait till school, keep encouraging her until then, as even if she was identified by somebody else as gifted what difference would make at this age anyway? Or at any age?
Sounds like you doing a great job encouraging your ds too, and it's ok to brag on here xx
Eta: she's never been in any formal care setting either
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05-07-2015 20:33 #8
My DS was very much as you described. He's nearly 9 now and is very bright, musical, in every extension program there is at school. I'm not convinced he's gifted. Maybe. He's certainly very, very intelligent.
I could read before I went to school. I was a high achiever and am also musical. I certainly don't think I'm gifted. Bright - yes, gifted, no.
I do although, believe my dad was gifted. He, DS and I share very similar traits. My dad just had some kind of edge I can't explain that I don't have. Maybe DS has it, I'm really not sure.
There's my ramblings on giftedness. We're personally not going to get DS tested. His school is amazing. He's challenged and absolutely loving it and that's all that matters to me.
05-07-2015 20:37 #9
Sorry for my rushed earlier reply.
My son is 5 in October and in kinder.
We have always known he was smart but hadn't realised how smart until he began kinder this year.
Within weeks his kinder had recommend we have him tested to see exactly how smart.
We have met with a psychologist and are going to leave the testing another 6 months.
My son is quiet shy around strangers so we will meet up a couple of times with the psychologist before we do the testing so my son won't clam up on the day due to his shyness.
The psychologist is certain he is gifted just from talk to him.
Your child certainly sounds smart! I would just encourage interests and see how is progresses 😀
05-07-2015 21:52 #10
My dd1 is gifted. My other children aren't. In fact my ds1 has multiple learning disabilities.
Dd1 was tested at end of primary school by the school she was attending at the time.
Being gifted and having learning disabilities are very similar. It freaking hard on both the kids and parents and even the teachers. It certainly isn't a bed of roses.
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