I was seriously sure I posted this but I guess I didn't.
I'm trying to determine if 8yo is truly gifted or just seriously academically advanced. Honestly, I'm only interested as a means of trying to pinpoint the source of some emotional issues and if he's truly gifted, I'll turn to SENG but if he's academically advanced, I could approach it from a more mainstream perspective... kwim? I don't really see him as gifted. I see him as "really far ahead of his age peers who are likely to all even out by the time they're 18". He has mild Asperger's Syndrome and is EXTREMELY sensitive in strange ways (heaven help us if we call the Lego Bionicle or hero or whatever "it" or "one of his things" vs. "him" or "your Bionicle"... holy moly)
I also have a 3yo (almost 4yo) adoptive daughter who was a Safe Haven baby (no birth family information--essentially left at the hospital although we have some scant biomom info). We're interested in testing her, too, for two reasons: first, we have never taken care of a neurotypical child. Ever. And that's with one biological child (the 8yo) and easily 8 other children ranging in ages of birth to 12yo (foster children--various lengths of time). But second, we have absolutely no idea what her biological parents were like. So with never having seen a neurotypical child and the lack of biological family history (and some behaviors that are more in line with a younger child that MIGHT be intelligence but might also be related to stress that she appears to be HIGHLY sensitive to)... I'm kind of wondering where she's at, too.
So... does anyone have the low-down on what tests will give me the truest sense of what I'm dealing with for each child? Is one test (or version/variant of a test) more reliable than another? And for each one's age, what test should I be looking at?