Assessment

Often the earliest identification of gifted children is through parent and caregiver observations. As early as infancy, it is apparent that some children learn more quickly than their peers. These articles discuss strategies for identifying and parenting highly gifted young children, including a chart contrasting normal and advanced development:

Despite research indicating the importance of early identification and the benefit of special programs for gifted children, few services are available for the highly capable child until after kindergarten:

BKPlay Academy exists to bridge the gap between the nurturing, stimulating home environment and grade school programs designed to meet the special needs of gifted learners.

Deciding to have your child tested at a very young age can be daunting. However, testing is an inevitable part of the identification process—and early identification of advanced development is as crucial as early identification of any other exceptionality. We need to identify gifted children as early as possible to provide a “differentiated” educational program beyond the regular school program.

Early intervention promotes optimal development in all children, facilitating necessary professional assistance and development of a support network and resources.

Assessment requires the gathering of evidence of child abilities, which includes dialogues, journals, written work, artworks, portfolios, and/or parent/teacher observation along with an IQ test. Here is a short article that clearly explains the difference between test and assessment, and the need for straightforward answers as well as subjective information:

BKPlay provides comprehensive assessment services to children, including evaluation of language and literacy skills, as well as developmental assessments—which encompass evaluations of fine motor, gross, oral, cognitive, early literacy, social, self-help, and general behavior skills. Some of the tests are professionally administered at BKPlay include:

Intelligence Tests

  • Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI)
  • Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC)
  • Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales

Achievement Test

  • Woodcock-Johnson

Overall Development

  • AGS Early Screening Profiles

To schedule an assessment, please contact us.