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#1 of 6 Old 09-28-2012, 05:53 AM - Thread Starter
 
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My DD's public school Pre-K teacher mentioned today that we should test her using Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC).

 

I have no idea about this! Here is what I need to ask you all:

 

1.Can anyone suggest places where we can get her tested? We live in Atlanta.

 

2. Is there any other tests you would suggest?

 

Thanks so much!

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Did the preschool teacher mention the idea without any further information? I would ask this teacher and the school(s) (counsellor, special education resource advisor, or similar staff person) for more information and possibly a referral. By schools, I mean both the current school he is attending and, if you are considering a different school with a special gifted program school. Schools often prefer to conduct any assessments with their own staff psychologists or have a list of preferred consultants. Some schools will not accept outside assessments. 

 

Other places to seek out referrals: 

- the public school district administration, if there are public school gifted programs

- your family doctor

- local gifted and talented parent support groups (you can try an on-line search)

- if you know any parents of gifted students, they may have already gone through the process and are familiar with local psychologists who will test 

 

Since you haven't asked, I won't start a long discussion about the purpose of IQ testing at the pre-school or early primary ages. If you search this forum for past threads about IQ testing, you'll find quite a few discussions about when and if it is appropriate at the pre-school age, if you are interested.

 

I'll just mention that pre-K seems very early to test unless the scores are needed to enter a special gifted program or you need support to get special accommodations in a regular class. IQ assessments at the pre-school age are not as reliable as testing when they are older - about age 8 or so. There are schools and programs that require certain IQ scores for entrance to their kindergarten or primary school, so it has become more common to test earlier but it's not necessarily a good idea. Anyway, you'll find more information in past conversations in this forum. If you have further specific questions, don't hesitate to post them. 

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Thanks so much for your response.

 

My daughter is in a public Montesorri school. The teacher mentioned that school will eventually test her but that can be a long time consuming procedure. By using a  private facility we can get the test results quickly and apply in various schools for gifted kids. I will talk to school staffs more regarding this.

 

You are right, Pre-K seems very early to me too! But as I have no idea about these procedures (we are new to the US), I thought I will start to educate my self and start gathering information. I will look into the posts in this forum in detail.

 

Thanks again.

 

 

 

 

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Did the preschool teacher mention the idea without any further information? I would ask this teacher and the school(s) (counsellor, special education resource advisor, or similar staff person) for more information and possibly a referral. By schools, I mean both the current school he is attending and, if you are considering a different school with a special gifted program school. Schools often prefer to conduct any assessments with their own staff psychologists or have a list of preferred consultants. Some schools will not accept outside assessments. 

 

Other places to seek out referrals: 

- the public school district administration, if there are public school gifted programs

- your family doctor

- local gifted and talented parent support groups (you can try an on-line search)

- if you know any parents of gifted students, they may have already gone through the process and are familiar with local psychologists who will test 

 

Since you haven't asked, I won't start a long discussion about the purpose of IQ testing at the pre-school or early primary ages. If you search this forum for past threads about IQ testing, you'll find quite a few discussions about when and if it is appropriate at the pre-school age, if you are interested.

 

I'll just mention that pre-K seems very early to test unless the scores are needed to enter a special gifted program or you need support to get special accommodations in a regular class. IQ assessments at the pre-school age are not as reliable as testing when they are older - about age 8 or so. There are schools and programs that require certain IQ scores for entrance to their kindergarten or primary school, so it has become more common to test earlier but it's not necessarily a good idea. Anyway, you'll find more information in past conversations in this forum. If you have further specific questions, don't hesitate to post them. 

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At the end of this document you will find a list of practitioners that test for the Joint Atlanta Testing Program (for admission to private schools).  They probably also do private testing, particularly if you catch them before Testing Season.  http://www.jatp.org/JATP-Brochure-2013-14.pdf

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Very useful! Thanks a lot.

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At the end of this document you will find a list of practitioners that test for the Joint Atlanta Testing Program (for admission to private schools).  They probably also do private testing, particularly if you catch them before Testing Season.  http://www.jatp.org/JATP-Brochure-2013-14.pdf

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If your daughter is in preschool/pre-K, she's likely too young for the WISC, which isn't normed below age 6.  You need the WPPSI
 

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