Children's Category Test (CCT) - High Scores but Poor Social Skills
By Inderbir Kaur Sandhu, Ph.D
My daughter was tested in grade 2 at the age of 7, on the CCT. She
received a score of 99% on all 3 areas of the test. They say she has a
remarkable memory. Is there anything special I should be doing with her. She is now in
grade 3, 8 yrs old and doing mostly grade 5. Her reading level is at a
grade 8 level we are told. Yet her social skills are poor and she lacks independence.
Should I be concerned about the areas she lacks in. Thank you.
The Children's Category Test (CCT) is an individually
administered instrument designed to measure nonverbal learning and
memory, concept formation, and problem-solving abilities. The child's
task is to identify the single conceptual rule underlying the items in
each subtest. The last subtest on both levels requires the child to
remember and reapply the conceptual rules from previous subtests. Your
daughter scored very well on the CCT.
I am not sure what you have been doing for her but she would surely
benefit from advanced and challenging work to further enhance her
strengths. I assume that the school is helping her in the accelerated
learning. If the school is already doing that, you would perhaps just
need to monitor her progress and look into further enrichment
opportunities – especially ones that she would personally enjoy. Check
if she qualifies to gain admission into gifted programmes. That would
surely ensure learning that matches with ability.
I would surely be concerned if she has poor social skills and lack
independence. If allowed to carry on like this, she may eventually
totally isolate herself, which may lead to more serious psychological
problems. She may have asynchronous development – which means out of
sync abilities, e.g., high abilities co‐existing with more average
development in other areas. This could possibly cause emotional distress
and make educational accommodations difficult leading to poor social
skills and dependence.
Social skills can be taught and for your daughter, appropriate academic
placement and mingling with similar minded intellectual peers can be
helpful. You may want to speak to the school counsellor to help your
child improve her social skills. Do read the following easy-read tips to
help her as well:
Alternatively, join societies or associations or groups that have
similar ability children and help your daughter make friends. At the
same time, you can share and learn from the experiences of other
parents. Wishing you all the best in your journey.