Gifted Assessment & Acceleration
As a developmental specialist who acts as both a child counselor and performance coach, I have worked with over 250 gifted children, many of whom have gone on to make significant contributions to society. For almost a decade, I have been using my in-depth training and expertise as a child specialist to help parents have their children/adolescents accurately assessed for giftedness or exceptional talent. I am often in the position of giving a “second opinion” after a school district provided an initial gifted assessment. There are several reasons for this that I will discuss below.
How I Can Help
I help parents not only accurately assess using superior behavioral science tools, but also help parents develop any talent their child does have while ensuring that child is well-rounded. By giving parents and the children themselves practical tips on how they can fill-in any skill gaps, that child is prevented from having problems down the road. You know the old saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.
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Not uncommonly, my tools will identify giftedness when the schools tools did not. I talk about this in detail in my blog article “Why and how you might have your child assessed for giftedness or exceptional talent”.
One point I make in this blog is what many parents do not understand, is there are many different ways to have giftedness assessed; there is no “one way to do it”. For example, one of the toughest decisions for me is deciding which behavioral science tools I should use to capture any potential giftedness. Giftedness can come in many forms including analytical intelligence, spatial reasoning, athleticism, character and leadership, photographic or exceptional memory, etc.
Unfortunately, schools are often limited in the tools they use due to budgetary realities or limited training of their staff. This is understandable, as gifted assessment is a small part of what schools do and it is not their specialty. In contrast, giftedness assessment is one of my core specialties.
One of the hardest things for a gifted child is the fact that in one or more areas they may be very advanced while other areas may lack lag behind any “towering strengths”. What this can lead to is emotional distress because the child cannot reconcile the disparity between their gifted skills and their non-gifted skills. This is why so many gifted children end up having emotional or behavioral problems; they can feel as if they are quite different and have more trouble fitting in. One of my favorite roles is helping parents prevent or manage their gifted child’s anxiety about these kinds of issues.
What Really Matters
Even if the child’s scores do not fall in the gifted range, I have helped parents identify ways they can accelerate their child’s development. My goal is to give you the tools to help your child reach their potential. After all, ultimately what matters most is not if your child is gifted, but what kind of basic character and work ethic they have as well as their level of intelligence.
In other words, what will distinguish your child in the end is not their IQ but instead:
IQ + work ethic + character = life outcome.
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