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: