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Parents' Guide to IQ Testing and Gifted Education: All You Need to Know to Make the Right Decisions for Your Child Paperback – September 28, 2006
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Parents' Guide to IQ Testing and Gifted Education is the only book written specifically for parents who need to understand gifted testing and gifted programming so that they can make informed decisions for their children.
If your child is being tested for a gifted program, or if you're just trying to understand what gifted education is all about, you need information. In fact, when it comes to making educational placement decisions for your child you should know as much as teachers, principals, school psychologists, or anyone else.
This book gives those with little or no background in IQ testing and gifted education a close look at how the system of screening, testing, and programming really works. This is where you'll find the direct answers and specific advice you need to make the right decisions for your child.
In this book you'll find straight forward answers to the questions parents ask most...
- Who gets tested and why?
- Are gifted programs right for my child?
- What are the potential drawbacks to a gifted placement?
- What are the signs of giftedness and why should I know?
- What do IQ tests measure?
- What do IQ scores mean?
- How do learning problems like ADHD affect IQ scores?
- Are IQ scores always accurate?
- What score is needed for placement in a gifted program?
- Do all districts use these same cut-off scores?
- Are there circumstances where a child should be tested before starting school?
- Why is my high-achieving child not being considered for the gifted program?
- If my child is tested again in a year or two, is the score likely to be the same?
- I don't think the score is accurate. Should I get a second opinion?
- How much will it cost to get a private assessment?
- Who is qualified to administer IQ tests and how do I find them?
- What kind of IQ test should I ask for?
- Is there a downside to having a high IQ?
- Why do some kids with high IQ's seem to have social problems?
- What does "optimal IQ" mean?
- What special programs are available for bright kids with learning problems?
...And much more
Some bright or gifted kids can reach their full potential in a regular school program - but some need a different kind of learning experience to blossom.
Schools recognize this. So do parents, researchers, and specialists who advocate for this sometimes overlooked group.
If you think you have one of these kids, you need to get informed so that you can find the support your child needs.
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Parents Guide to IQ Testing and Gifted Education is clear, covers a lot of ground and is an eye opener. Meaningful support for gifted learners is lacking in US schools and institutions, unless one understands the often hidden opportunities and programs that can nourish your child. This book discusses those resources. The methodology of testing – meaning the types of IQ testing now and in the past, scoring, test interpretation, other types of tests, etc. is critical for parents of gifted kids to understand. Finally, when it comes to gifted kids, one size doesn’t fit all, and understanding the range and the diversity of this group changed my mindset -- about the subject in general, but also about my own son.
Individual testing by Dr. Palmer eventually revealed, contrary to the school’s group testing, that my son was not just bright, but “uber” bright. I learned that this type of bright mind (1%) differed from the more broad range of bright kids (5% - 10%) targeted by traditional gifted programs, and brought with it individual challenges, behaviors and risks. Armed with this knowledge and appreciation, I could explore new avenues to address my son’s needs. I am pleased that, now in high school, he is doing well academically and is much happier.
Perhaps most valuable were Dr. Palmer’s insights that came from speaking to my son one on one. His observations have since helped me understand the unique individual I am privileged to parent. He gave me advice that, in these final “pre-launch” years, have helped me better support my intelligent son.
Dr. Palmer is a specialist in assessing gifted children. His expertise and enthusiasm in this area are very impressive. We had him assess our daughter twice, and we wholeheartedly recommend him!
We have several friends who have also taken their children to Dr. Palmer, so I can say that he is very skillful at developing a rapport with gifted children. He understands gifted children, and is able to get the most out of them. This is not true of most psychologists, who spend most of their time testing kids at the other end of the scale.
If you're in Southern California, and you think your child might be gifted, you should definitely consider seeing Dr. Palmer. He can make educational recommendations, and he can help find ways to connect with other gifted children. It will make a huge difference in your child's life!
What do IQ tests measure, and what don't they measure? What's the difference between group and individual tests? How about surveys? What are the different kinds of scores that result from these tests: standard scores, percentiles, and age-equivalent scores? How are gifted children identified by these tests? Which groups of children are commonly under-identified? How does identification vary from school district to school district and state to state? And besides test scores, what are the characteristics commonly found in gifted children?
But Parent's Guide to IQ Testing and Gifted Education is not just about tests and testing. It describes various gifted education programs, and how those programs may or may not serve your gifted child. Are there disadvantages to being gifted? Palmer describes common sensitivities of the gifted child, and the possible effects on the child's self-esteem.
Gifted children may also suffer from learning disabilities, much to the surprise of parents and teachers alike. In Part III, Palmer points out possible LDs, and identification methods for gifted children with memory, attention, vision or auditory processing problems, and more. What are the options for gifted and learning disabled, also called twice exceptional children? IEPs, resource rooms, aides and more, are discussed.
Palmer concludes with a history of the measure of intelligence, IQ tests and testing, nature and nurture, and other discussion topics.
If you are the parent of a gifted child, or you suspect you're the parent of a gifted child, you should read this book. And if you are a teacher, you should read this book to learn more about the gifted children in your classroom.