Of course, we all think that our children are mini-Einstein’s-in-the-making. But, what many parents don’t know is that a gifted child is smarter than at least 98% of children his/her age. Therefore, having your child tested for giftedness is crucial to provide the most appropriate educational environment for your child.
Many parents often wonder if and when their child should undergo a gifted child test. Parents of gifted children are typically awe-struck by their child’s precocious and quick learning abilities in comparison to other children.
Gifted child characteristics include:
There is not one single gifted child definition out there. Gifted children can be advanced in different ways. For example, one child may be a whiz at solving mathematical problems but may not be so great at formulating sentences that explain what things mean. Other children can express themselves with such prose and are incredibly meticulous with getting everything just right, so it may take them twice as long to complete a task in comparison to their peers. Some gifted children may have a rigid way of thinking. They may come to understand something so clearly, that to them it is just so obvious. This can frustrate them when they see that others don’t understand the concept at their level or see things from another point of view.
If teachers are not adept at enhancing a gifted child’s learning style, they can inadvertently reduce the child’s innate desire to learn. Being surrounded by peers and teachers who do not quite understand you can be very lonely for children. Sometimes, out of sheer boredom, children who are gifted may act out by talking to peers or getting out of their seat, seemingly disrespectful when they are just not being challenged enough. Therefore, it is important that the child be placed in the right environment where his social and intellectual skills can flourish.
When should you evaluate your child for giftedness?
Teachers may note that your child learns at a speed and depth much more advanced than other children in the classroom. This is a sign that it may be time to evaluate your child for giftedness for the next upcoming school year. Some schools in South Florida have Gifted Kindergarten classrooms, while others begin the gifted program starting in first grade. No matter the age of your child, if you suspect that he/she has an advanced learning capacity, it is important to test for giftedness.
It is recommended that a child be evaluated for gifted by the age of six, as a child’s IQ is pretty unstable before this age. However, if there are clear signs that your child is quite advanced from a much younger age, then it is highly beneficial to evaluate for giftedness to help prepare and plan for an appropriate learning environment that meets your child’s needs. Gifted child testing can be done year-round. Before scheduling the test, make sure you understand the requirements for your child’s school district.
What to expect from the gifted child testing process:
I try to make the test as comfortable as possible for the child. Here’s what I recommend to parents:
I believe that the following practices set me apart from many of my colleagues who provide gifted testing.
Test results and the written report are provided within one week of the evaluation. I provide BOTH an electronic and paper copy of the report for your records. I remain available to parents should you have any questions regarding the scores and how they translate to everyday life.
If you're interested in having your child tested for giftedness, contact me at (786) 383-4942 to set up an appointment or schedule online.
Dr. Eva Benmeleh
I am a licensed clinical child psychologist in Hallandale Beach. I hope you enjoy the site!
221 West Hallandale Beach Blvd., Suite 202
Hallandale, FL 33009