Children who are gifted perform, or have the capacity to perform, at advanced levels when compared to their peers of the same chronological age. The term gifted refers to the top 2% of the population where an IQ is at 130 or above.
The process to identify giftedness usually involves an intellectual assessment or IQ test. This involves administration of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-V) to examine a child’s cognitive profile.
An educational assessment of a child’s academic skills is also useful to pinpoint which areas they are advanced in such as reading, writing or mathematics. Assessments used include the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT-III).
As part of the assessment process, reports and test results from school are also examined. An investigation of the child’s developmental, medical, educational and family history is also an important part of the assessment and identification process.
A comprehensive analysis of test results and background information is collated into a written psychological report. This report may also include recommendations to help guide how best to meet your child’s needs at home and at school.
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