Hi everyone, I have a question on testing and whether or not there is a benefit to having a child tested?
My daughter is 5 and we suspect she is gifted. She was talking in sentences at 9 months, having adult conversations at 1, could say her abc's and count to 20 by 15 months, started reading at 3, now reads at probably a 5th grade level. She loves math and can add or subtract with ease, but also has recently started to multiply numbers. Her vocabulary is extensive. She is very inuitive to the world around her.
We are currently homeschooling and because she is so advanced in many areas, I am not concerned about her getting behind. Instead, we go at her own pace (which means most days we spend a lot of time reading and doing math). To me, it doesn't really matter in a sense if she is gifted or not. She is still my daughter and either way, she obviously is advanced and may or may not slow down at some point and join the rest of her peers. I'm okay with that and will love her no matter what! I guess what I'm saying is, her giftedness (or non giftedness) does not define her and I don't want it to.
But I've read a lot that says you should have your child tested. I'm wondering why and what benefits there are to it? Also, where would I even turn to for testing?
Thanks! I've enjoyed reading along on this board when I have a chance! :)