Intellectual Giftedness Assessment

What is Giftedness?

 

Giftedness is a broad term used to describe induvial who display exception abilities in a particular domain (or multiple domains). Intellectual giftedness refers to when an individual’s level of intellectual functioning is significantly higher than same-aged peers from the general population.

What is a Giftedness Assessment?

 

At Northshore Kidspace we offer testing to determine if a child is gifted. We do this by using a standardized set of tests known as a Psychometric Assessment. We do tests of a child’s intelligence, and we also do tests of a child’s academic achievement. We can then compare the test results to compare the child’s intelligence and potential, to their academic achievement or current ability. We can identify areas of academic strength and weakness. We offer assessment for children aged 6 to 16.

What Tests do we use?

 

The first set of tests we conduct in an comprehensive assessment are tests of Intelligence, which measures a person’s overall level of cognitive functioning, as well as their functioning across specific cognitive domains. The test we use at Northshore Kidspace to test Intelligence is the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC), which is for children ages 6-16. For adolescents older than 16, or for adults, we use the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS).

At Northshore Kidspace, we assess an individual’s achievement or ability using the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test Second Edition (WIAT). This test can accurately determine the academic ability of a child in different academic domains, such as Maths, Reading and other areas. The WIAT can be used in ages 4 to 50, and is considered to be a very high quality and reliable tests of academic ability.

Our Giftedness Assessment Process

The process of having an Intellectual Assessment with us involves 5 stages;

 

  1. Consultation with one of our psychologists. Our psychologist will meet with you and your child to conduct a one-hour initial assessment interview. This interview is designed to obtain a detailed understanding of all relevant developmental information.
     

  2. Completing the Academic Assessment (WIAT). Our psychologist will administer the test directly with you or your child. The WIAT is conducted over two-hours, however individual completion times do vary.
     

  3. Completing the Intelligence Assessment (WISC or WAIS). Our psychologist will sit with you or your child to administer the test. Administration time for the WISC or WAIS is two-hours, however completion times do vary depending on the individual.
     

  4. Our psychologist will write a report based on the results of testing, with detailed interpretation and specific recommendations.
     

  5. Our psychologist will meet with you for a one hour discussion session to discuss the results of the IQ and Academic test and the report.