Gifted Placement Testing for Children in Broward County

Is My Child Gifted?

Is My Child Gifted?

Has your child ever shown some type of behavior that prompted you to consider they may be gifted? Does your child display excellent memory skills or learn words easily? While every child is special in their own way, some have unusual or exceptional abilities that show up in their early, formative years. They may show an early interest in learning, grasp new concepts easily, or gravitate toward adults more than their peers. These are only a few indicators of giftedness.

So, what exactly makes a child gifted? While there is debate on the concept of giftedness, experts agree that these abilities come from both environmental and genetic factors.

Researchers have identified and organized a combination of characteristics that describe gifted children into the following five categories:

  • Intellectual
  • Creative
  • Artistic
  • Leadership
  • Academic

Exceptionally bright children, or those who display advanced cognitive/intellectual abilities, are generally termed ‘gifted’. Giftedness can be presented within a specific interest or category, so a child doesn’t necessarily need to excel in all areas to be considered gifted.
The National Association for Gifted Children lists a few common questions for parents to consider:

  • Does my child exhibit the characteristics and traits of giftedness?
  • Are there specific domains of giftedness?
  • Should my child take a test or assessment to determine if they are gifted?
  • How is a gifted child identified?

While most gifted behaviors appear to be positive, some social and emotional behaviors are at risk if their needs are not being met, such as anxiety, perfectionism, stress, or issues with their peers.

Should My Child Be Tested?

Aside from the potential benefits of placement in a gifted program, gifted testing can provide important information about your child’s abilities through pin-pointed ability and achievement tests. Identifying their giftedness early on can help develop your child’s talents and place them in a gifted program, or it may help discover learning disabilities that need attention. These tests are common assessment tools and should be used in conjunction with subjective assessment tools to ensure that all students, especially the underserved students (i.e. English Language Learners, disabled, minority, low-income) who may also be gifted, are not overlooked.

With a variety of curriculum provided, all gifted children can have their individual gifted needs met. Even if they are not at the gifted level, gifted testing can provide important information about your child’s abilities and potentials in the present and future.

When to Test for Giftedness

According to the National Association for Gifted Children, it’s best to wait until your child is at least 6 years old. Although you may recognize the characteristics of a gifted child at a very young age, testing too early can cause inaccuracies. Instead, parents can look into ways to keep gifted toddlers and preschoolers challenged and stimulated at home with accelerated math, reading, and science activities, visiting science museums, enrolling in music programs, and much more.

Gifted Placement

Gifted Placement

When a young student is placed in a gifted program, these gifted programs focus on a more challenging curriculum with more advanced classes or more accelerated instruction than the regular classroom. Programs will vary but will generally involve targeting and developing skills in logical thinking, problem-solving, critical and creative thinking, and reasoning skills. These programs usually move at a quicker pace with a more in-depth syllabus of studies.Gifted programs in Florida fall under the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) which are specially designed instruction and curriculum that meets the unique needs of gifted children.For placement in Broward County, the current eligibility includes 3 requirements:

  1. Full-Scale IQ Score of 130 or greater on a standardized and accepted IQ test for children. For children who are in the Free and Reduced Lunch program or the Limited English Proficient Program (underrepresented children of the gifted population of lower socioeconomic status), the minimum IQ score is 115,
  2. The child displays many of the characteristics of giftedness,
  3. The child demonstrates the need for a more challenging environment than what is offered in their general education classroom. If a child has one or more exceptionalities (i.e. if the child is gifted but has speech needs), then an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) might be required as well.

The Testing Process

Ability Tests

Ability tests are generally used to identify gifted and talented children. While these tests provide information for the intellectual domain, these tests are not as helpful in identifying someone with creative, leadership, or other abilities. These types of tests include intelligence quotient (IQ) or cognitive abilities test scores:

  • For children over the age of six, the commonly used IQ tests are the Stanford Binet Fifth Edition (SB5), Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children Fifth Edition (WISC-V), or the Woodcock-Johnson Fourth Edition Tests of Achievement (WJIV).
  • For children under the age of six, the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scales of Intelligence Fourth Edition (WPPSI-IV) and Stanford Binet Fifth Edition (SB5) are generally used.

Again, the tests will vary from program to program and school to school.

Achievement Tests

Ability tests are generally used to identify gifted and talented children. While these tests provide information for the intellectual domain, these tests are not as helpful in identifying someone with creative, leadership, or other abilities. These types of tests include intelligence quotient (IQ) or cognitive abilities test scores:

  • Test of Mathematical Abilities for Gifted Students
  • Screening Assessment for Gifted Elementary Students (SAGES)

School psychologists or independent psychologists must be licensed in their respective fields in Florida to perform these tests.

Generally, testing for children under six years old usually takes an hour while children over the age of 6 takes about 1.5 to 2 hours. You can prepare your child for the testing by making sure your child is well-rested and has eaten a healthy breakfast. Limit what you share and let them know about the test a day before, so they don’t have much time to think about it. There is no need to emphasize its importance because your child can develop test anxiety or become anxious. Explain that he or she will be meeting with someone to do some different activities that will help decide about school for the upcoming year. For younger children, you can tell them that they’re going to be meeting with new people to show off what they’ve have learned from the previous grade.

The test results are usually available immediately or shortly after the evaluation. A follow-up appointment will generally take place where you will receive a more comprehensive report and discuss the results with the psychologist.

Gifted Placement Testing in Broward County

Gifted Placement Testing in Broward County

Behavioral Health Associates of Broward offers gifted placement testing in a safe, comfortable environment for your child. Our comprehensive evaluation will identify if your child meets the criteria for giftedness and make recommendations for academic placement or an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).

By discovering exceptional abilities or identifying potential learning disabilities early on, we can work together to ensure your child’s educational needs are being met and are helping to facilitate your child to live their full potential. Call us at 954-909-0888 to schedule an appointment today. We are ready to help you start planning a positive educational journey for your child.

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