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Testing Your Child’s Giftedness and Life Outcomes

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In the article "Is Your Child Intellectually Gifted" http://www.empowher.com/parenting/content/your-child-intellectually-gifted, we learned the traits that are more visible and frequently occurring across the different types of intellectually gifted children. It’s possible that your child does some or a very few of the characteristics given in the list of common traits mentioned in that article, yet you still suspect that your child is extraordinary in some ways. The logical direction to take would be for you to consult with your child’s pediatrician and get a reference to visit a child psychologist who can run the right test (such as the WISC-IV and Woodcock-Johnson Achievement test) on your child.

When parents plan to get their child tested for her/his giftedness, they must be very clear why they are getting the test done. This especially so because it is not recommended to test a child’s intelligence quotient (IQ) before the age of 5 unless there is a good case of providing him or her with a suitable academic course program that provides daily intellectual challenges to him or her to enable him or her reach his or her potential.

Some popular tests are:

1. The WISC IV or The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children - Fourth Edition: These tests are administered for between 65 and 80 minutes and contain 10 core subtests and five additional subtests through their main areas of testing, including: Verbal Comprehension Index, Perceptual Reasoning Index, Working Memory Index, and Processing Speed Index. To learn more about this test you may access: Inderbir Sindhu (Ph.D) on Brainy-child.com: http://www.brainy-child.com/expert/WISC_IV.shtml

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