Westwood, NJ (PRWEB) June 11, 2013
What does “gifted” mean when we talk about children? Unfortunately, the quick response is that there is, as yet, no universally agreed upon answer to this question. Katie Kim, the Executive Director of Primoris Academy - school for gifted children explains, “The concepts of giftedness, intelligence, and talent are still evolving and often look different in different contexts and cultures. Even within schools you will find a range of personal beliefs about the word ‘gifted,’ which has become a term with multiple meanings and much nuance.”
While there may not be a single definition, early identification of giftedness is important to a child. If ignored, a gifted child may get bored in school leading to negative behavior. Some gifted children are even misdiagnosed as having ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) by not being engaged and properly challenged in school. Having the child correctly assessed and placed into an appropriate gifted program is essential to the child’s educational future. So what are the signs of giftedness?
Kim has identified key signs of giftedness in early childhood. Among them are: 1) Extremely curious, 2) Intense interests, 3) Excellent memory, 4) Long attention spans, 5) Asks probing questions, 6) Flexible thinking, 7) Vivid imagination, 8) Excellent problem solving skills, 9) Learns quickly, and 10) Ability to read before four years. Kim detailed, “If you know a young child that exhibits many of these traits, they may be signs that the child is gifted.”
Kim continued, “If you suspect that your child is gifted, the first step is to have the child professionally tested using one of many standard intelligence tests. Unfortunately, most schools wait until second or third grade to perform these test which is late for assessing child’s level of giftedness.” Some of the better known intelligence tests are the NNAT2, OLSAT, CogAt, Wechsler, and Stanford-Binet. According to Kim, typically, these tests cost between $300 and $350 to take depending on which test is taken and who is administering it. Intelligence testing for giftedness can start as young as age four. If the test results show that a child has an IQ of at least 130, then further assessment for giftedness should be pursued.
There are many groups and programs that support gifted and talented children and their families. In northern New Jersey, they include: The Gifted Child Society of New Jersey (201) 444-6530 http://giftedchildsociety.com; New Jersey Association for Gifted Children (856) 273-7530 http://www.njagc.org; and Primoris Academy – School for gifted and talented children (201) 722-1000 http://PrimorisAcademy.org.
While many of us would like to think that our children are gifted, proper assessment and subsequent placement into a gifted and talented program is critical for the future of our truly gifted children.