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ISSN: 0219-7642    March 31, 2013

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Hi,
Understanding giftedness in children is quire confusing. What most parents understand and comprehend could be incorrect too. Most of them swear by classical definitions of giftedness - that is a child possessing an IQ score of more than 130 and measured by using one or more recommended and standard tests. Unfortunately, giftedness in children, measured based on standard IQ tests, is a quantifier for innate or intrinsic ability and not performance.

Hence, there is a need to understand what giftedness in children means. Sometimes, a measure of high IQ may never commensurate with actual performance. It could be classroom studies or any other activity of academic nature. The standard definition of giftedness vis--vis higher IQ scores could be a big paradox, if we go solely by academic performance and traditional grades.

A child who is motivated and driven to get higher grades in the classroom may not be gifted. On the contrary, a child who fails to perform well in the classroom and who is quite troublesome and disruptive could be highly gifted. In other words, most parents actually find it very difficult to know if their children are really gifted or not. Hence, they may want to learn and understand different methods and technique to find whether their children are gifted. All the best.

Thought for today:
"What makes a child gifted and talented may not always be good grades in school, but a different way of looking at the world and learning." - Chuck Grassley

Best Regards,
Andrew Loh
Andrew Loh
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mailto:andrew@brainy-child.com

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Early Signs and Methods of Raising a Gifted Child - Part I
Finding different signs and characters to notice a gifted child could be confusing. Parents may want to learn and understand different signs of raising a gifted child. Click to learn more.

Early Signs and Methods of Raising a Gifted Child - Part II
Children, who are gifted, cannot hide their God-given traits and characters. Somehow, they display different signs that help parents identify and later boost to make them smarter and intelligent. Read the article to learn more.

Ask an Expert
 

Q1: I just want to know whether I'm gifted or not, so that I can fix this confusion of mine. I'm 14 now, so as far as I remember when I was around 2-3, I have a lot of curiosities about everything that I find suspicious. I'm a fast learner and I have a common sense, so for adults not to find me boasting about my discoveries, I tend to act as a normal child does. I don't know if it is because of common sense and being realistic that I'm trying to level myself with others just to be in....

A: The best way to test for giftedness is by using an intelligence test. Scores over 125 or about 2 standard deviation away from the mean for most intelligence test could indicate higher intellectual ability, which is the single best predictor of giftedness. However, there are other more subjective methods to determined giftedness – best assessed by a professional... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Confusion over Giftedness here.

Q2: I am trying to interpret my daughters RIAS test scores. Her scores were as follows:

Verbal Index: Subset t-scores by age, Guess What 58: Verbal Reasoning 50, Cluster standard age score 107 with a 68 percentile by age.

Nonverbal Index: Odd item out Subset t-scores 67, What's missing 60, cluster standard age score 126 with a 96 percentile by age.

Composite index 118(minimal estimate) 113-122, 88 percentile by age.

90% confidence interval 113-122.

Please help me understand these scores better....

A: The Reynolds Intellectual Assessment Scale (RIAS is an individually administered intelligence test, applicable to all ages from 3 to 94. It comprises two subtests that assess verbal intelligence (VIX) and two subtests that assess non-verbal intelligence (NIX). A verbal and nonverbal supplementary memory test can also be administered (yields Composite Memory Index score -CMX). It appears that the memory test was not administered for your daughter, as it is supplementary... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Interpreting the RIAS scores here.

Q3: My 6 year old son took the WISC-IV and scored the following: VCI 140, PRI 135, WMI 99, PSI 97 with a FSIQ of 127 and GAI of 146. He qualified for the gifted program at school and is going to take the Stanford Binet next week to see if he qualifies for the highly gifted program. My question is: since he is testing as both gifted (Verbal Comprehension & Perceptual Reasoning) and learning disabled (Working Memory & Processing Speed), how concerned should I be and what can I do to correct his areas of deficiency...

A: The Working Memory Index (WMI) assesses the ability to hold new information in short-term memory, concentrate, and manipulate that information to produce some result or reasoning processes. It is important in higher-order thinking, learning, and achievement. It can tap concentration, planning ability, cognitive flexibility, and sequencing skill, but is sensitive to anxiety as well.... Continue to read Dr. Sandhu's answer on Improving Working Memory and Processing Speed here.

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101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids
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Christine Fonseca has worked in the field of education for more than a decade. Relying on her expertise as a school psychologist, behavioral consultant, speaker, and parenting expert, she has been a resource for parents and children in understanding the social and emotional needs of gifted children. This book is a must-read for gifted kids ages 8 to 12 who want to find success in school and life.

Chock full of fun suggestions and practical strategies, 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids covers topics including bullying, school performance, perfectionism, friendships, and sibling rivalries. Fun quizzes, tip sheets, and practical Q & A sections from other gifted kids and preteens make this book fun to read and give gifted kids insight into everything they've ever wanted to know about being gifted.

 


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