Do you suspect that you have a gifted child – and wonder how that might effect them, as well as the rest of your family – particularly any other children?
A “gifted child” is any child who is naturally endowed with a high degree of general mental ability or extraordinary ability in a specific sphere of activity or knowledge.
The designation of giftedness is largely a matter of administrative convenience; in most countries the prevailing definition of a gifted child is an intelligence quotient (IQ) of 130 or above.
What are the signs of a gifted child?
Your gifted child may display a number of characteristics, such as:
- Minimal effort to understand new concepts
- Advanced attention and concentration skills
- A broad vocabulary; may have started talking early
- Exceptional memory
- Highly curious and interested in things
- Extremely creative
- Enjoys learning
- Advanced reasoning ability
- Prefers to play with older children
- A high sense of justice and fairness
- May be emotional at times
- Extremely self aware and critical of self
- Highly empathetic to the feelings of others
If you suspect that you have a gifted child, and want to find out for sure, the next step is to have an intelligence test administered by a registered psychologist. A cognitive assessment will give an overall Intelligence Quotient (IQ) score. A child is “gifted” if they score 130 or higher.
In addition to the IQ score, cognitive assessments can reveal your child’s strengths and weaknesses in:
- Processing Speed
- Auditory Memory
- Verbal Processing
- Non-Verbal Processing
- Fluid Reasoning
- Working Memory
In addition to a cognitive assessment, an academic achievement assessment can reveal strengths and weaknesses in areas such as reading, writing, spelling, mathematics and oral language.
Why should I consider getting my child assessed for ‘giftedness’?
Research has shown that if a gifted child is not challenged and engaged academically, they may find schoolwork too easy and become bored. This can result in disengagement from school; poor work habits; and challenging behaviours; which can prevent them reaching their true potential.
Early identification can ensure schools are provided with appropriate support and recommendations and the curriculum is modified to their specific needs.
A cognitive assessment will reveal your child’s intellectual potential, and identify any areas that need support – with recommendations tailored to your child’s specific needs.
If you would like to find out more about what a cognitive assessment to identify giftedness is and how it could be beneficial for your child, please call 1800 877 924 or book online for an initial consultation with Angela Bromfield.
- Cognitive and Educational Assessment: $1800. This includes WISC-IV administration and analysis – $550, WIAT-II assessment and analysis – $550, each of which takes over 3 hours to administer and analyse results; CTOPP-2 administration and scoring – $150, and report – $550 (which is approximately 13 pages including child specific recommendations and takes 4-5 hours to write). Payment can be made in installments as the assessment is usually done over 2-3 sessions. Optional feedback session: $125 in clinic, or $170 to provide feedback at the school with parents and school staff.
- Cognitive Assessment: $930. This includes assessment and analysis (approx 3 hrs) – $550; and report fee – $380 (for a report consisting of approximately 10 pages including child specific recommendations, and takes 3-4 hours to write). Optional feedback session: $125 in clinic, or $170 to provide feedback at the school with parents and school staff.
Author: Angela Bromfield, B Sc (Hons Psych), B Ed (Primary), M Ed Psych.
Angela Bromfield is a registered psychologist who works primarily with children, adolescents and young adults; she has extensive training and experience in providing educational assessments.
Unlike many psychologists providing educational assessments, Angela has a teaching background and has worked in the school system as a psychologist. Angela works closely with parents and schools and will attend meetings with school staff to share her recommendations as part of her assessment service. She feels it is extremely important that schools receive feedback about the assessment, so everyone is working together to gain the best possible outcomes for the student.
Angela Bromfield is currently on leave and may return end of 2019. Please call our office for other options on 1800 877 924.