Giftedness (IQ) Assessment

Giftedness is a complex, multidimensional set of traits that appear in everyday life and may include advanced intellectual ability, creativity, strong motivation to learn and originality. Gifted children are curious about things others would not find interesting, and have a more mature understanding of the world around them. They have a drive to work with challenging topics that require more time or effort than other students. Many gifted children excel at math and science because of their strong reasoning skills and ability to understand concepts on many different levels. 

Giftedness testing may include a variety of psychological and behavioural measures to evaluate the unusually high level of academic, creative, social and emotional development typically seen in gifted children. This can include measures of cognitive ability, creativity, problem solving and abstract thinking. The test results are used to facilitate appropriate educational programming for gifted children. Getting your child assessed can open up doors for them by helping them qualify for gifted programs and receive a more enriched education that engages them and helps them reach their full potential.

Testing for Gifted Children

Intelligence (IQ) Test

A comprehensive intelligence test is designed to measure a wide variety of cognitive processing skills, verbal and nonverbal functioning, reasoning capabilities, knowledge, working memory, quantitative reasoning, visual-spacial reasoning, and abstract thinking.

Academic Testing

Academic testing assesses how well your child performs in academic areas of reading and comprehension, writing and spelling, and mathematics. It also compares your child’s abilities and skills with those of other students, both within grade level and across grade levels.

Supplementary Tests

Supplementary tests assess any additional signs of giftedness to paint a full picture such as problem solving skills, creativity, abstract thinking, comprehension, leadership skills, ethics, decision making skills, emotional intelligence and emotional control.

Could Your Child Be Gifted?

Have you been wondering if your child may be gifted? Although all children are unique with limitless potential, gifted children engage in behaviours and have characteristics that differentiate them from everyone else. 

Observant

Being observant is the one of the key differences in gifted children. They easily observe and understand behaviours, patterns, and situations.

Early Readers

Parents will often notice their child is gifted when they start reading their own bedtime stories and writing them handwritten letters as early as 3 years old.

Curious

Gifted children are more curious and engaged with their environment than other children. They always have a question and will critically assess the answer.

Focused

Highly focused and able to maintain concentration for a long time, gifted children tend to maximize their learning potential while tuning out distractions.

Creative

Gifted children are often out of the box thinkers. With a natural ability to pick up new skills, they tend to excel at art, music, and writing.

Sponges

They are sponges. High IQ children pick up new skills and learn new information faster than the average person.

Experts

These children tend to become topic experts. When they are interested in something, they will learn everything there is to know.

Prefer Adults

Gifted children tend to enjoy the company of adults over other children since adults are better able to keep up with their intellect.

Why Assess Your Child For Giftedness?

Gifted children are different from their peers. They have an advanced ability to think, perceive and reason. They also perform better than their peers on challenging tasks and are curious about the world around them. These unusually bright children could benefit greatly from a tailored curriculum that helps them realize their full potential. Gifted assessments are often required in order for a child to be enrolled in gifted programs offered through public or private schools.

Giftedness (IQ) Assessment Providers

Gavin Leslie

Gavin Leslie

Provisional Psychologist
$180-200 per hour
Direct billing to Alberta Blue Cross and ASEBP
Gavin works with individuals (13+) living with anxiety, depression, trauma (PTSD), low self esteem, disordered eating, grief, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), work concerns and chronic health issues.
Shaheena Kassam

Shaheena Kassam

Registered Psychologist
$220 per hour
Shaheena offers assessments and counselling for children, youths, and their families, as well as adults, to help them with anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other behavioural or social challenges.
Kyle Dyck

Kyle Dyck

Registered Psychologist
$220 per hour
Kyle provides assessments and counselling for trauma, PTSD, grief, insomnia, pain, stress, anxiety, depression, gender identity, sexuality, ADHD, autism, life transitions, and more.

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