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Testing should only ever be done to serve the child, and that is rarely necessary at very young ages. If you have a child who is not meeting developmental milestones or there is some other cause for concern or evaluation, that’s when it may be called for. But if you are really looking to know intellectual ability and potential, I’d love to see your sweet spot scores. They tell you what that person looked like on that day, with that test, with that test administrator, under those specific conditions. They don’t tell you how the child would do on a different day, with a different test, with a different administrator, whether the child will do well in school or can share toys, and on and on.
Your pediatrician can and should be the one to help you decide if this is the case, not teachers or grandparents or others who say, “Wow, he can count to ten in Spanish? ” Mensa offers a lot for even young children, so I recommend that if you’ve got a super bright young kiddo, the parents should Just like tennis racquets, IQ testing has a sweet spot. Now, we can’t control every factor, but the younger the person being tested is, the more important it is to get the child evaluated by someone really good.
Parents then sometimes turn to less reputable businesses with fiscal incentive to give a high score.
Parents seeking testing for very young children are vulnerable to testing predators out to make a buck, not share good information.
Quite often, the parent was having the child evaluated for something else and the IQ testing was done as part of a larger evaluation.
For instance, I had one of my children evaluated for speech therapy, and he got a as part of that evaluation.
I’m kidding of course, but I could literally give a you a list of ten thousand things a three-year-old needs more than an IQ test, and I have had people ask me how to test the IQs of frozen embryos. I was an English teacher for a very long period of time. What does this say that is vital information that furthers the purpose of the essay? Young gifted children are, at essence, children, and they need the same things all young children need: time spent with parents, books read to them, unstructured play time, a modest array of quality toys (like cardboard boxes), love and time outdoors. Love your young children, read to them, crawl on the floor with them, and play a few games of Candyland® instead of testing them.
Although you might think Mensa would have a vested interest in having people test young children so they could join the organization, it actually takes no opinion. The problem with that is that parents then carry that unstable score number in their heads and it compromises their ability to make appropriate choices later.Laporte is a man who has based his name and career around his web-savvy, teaching eager listeners how to best use the internet and technology on his netcast network called TWIT.tv, which streams 27 radio shows- four of which he is the host.Gawker ran a story saying that while explaining the various new tools created by Google, Mr Laporte moved frequently between a video shot of his face and a screen shot of his computer so that he could show viewers exactly what he was talking about.I have made a list of the 8 most common mistakes men...Read More » Dear Lauren, I’m a good-looking guy, so I know my looks are not the problem.
So many school districts do universal screening for gifted programs with abilities tests or will conduct an assessment if requested that spending literally hundreds or thousands of dollars on an IQ test for a young child is money that would much better spent shoved in a 529 plan and set aside for the child’s college.