We have done testing for both our son with delays, our son born with orthopedic birth defects, and also our highly gifted son. Never had a problem with any of it.
Oldest son got into college early that way by showing scores & we were always able to figure out which level of materials for which subject they were interested in learning (our public schools offer TAG and Challenge programs, later AP classes at high school and clepping out of college courses, parents can request gifted program but children must be referred/accepted by teacher reccomendation and test scores), younger son also got speech and occupational therapy from age 3-- As far as labeling goes- I do not mind labels, but really mind pigeonholing kids KWIM? As far as refusing services, requesting goals rewritten, and withdrawing with an active IEP, we have done that with our kids
it can be done.
In some ways test scores can be extremely helpful as long as you don't let them define your child. And all children are gifted in different ways, as parents we need to remember not just academically.
For a gifted 4 yr old, I would~~
* try to make friends with someone at the local public library to help refer you to local resources that are free, we found a children's librarian that is a homeschooling mom, she knows our kids interests and can help them find things that are appropriate/challenging.
*And hook up with a homeschool group to find a social group for your child that would have simliar interests kind of fostering a little peer group of comparable intelligence.
*Start to learn as much as you can about gifted children, their characteristics and special needs. You will get conflicting info, but keep reading and you will find what suits your child's needs best.http://groups.yahoo.com/group/giftedpre/
a discussion group for G/T toddlers-preschool-baby age
The ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education (ERIC EC)
The Council for Exceptional Children
1920 Association Drive
Reston, VA 20191
Toll Free: 1-800-328-0272
Welcome to the Gifted Resources Home Page:http://www.eskimo.com/~user/kids.html
The National Foundation for Gifted & Creative Children:http://www.nfgcc.org
The Gifted Development Centre:http://www.gifteddevelopment.com
I hope you find your answers, please pm me if you want more links on something specific. Good Luck to you!!
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she has a website somewhere and is a consultant that helps solve problems common to young gifted kids, these are her words pasted below--
"Because gifted children have a longer concentration span and higher intelligence than most toddlers or preschoolers, they may begin early to spend more time doing cognitive, sedentary tasks and play, to the neglect of the physical and fitness developmental work all toddlers need. I've worked with groups of gifted preschoolers, some of whom could read anything in the room, including any instructions for the parents and teachers, yet during a "kindergym"-type activity most of them were physically "retarded" compared to a group of average children. The development of fine and gross motor coordination which toddlers and preschoolers need, can't proceed if the toddler is sitting reading or doing puzzles most of their waking day. Thus their developmental "profile" can begin to become unbalanced very early in life.
As much as the intellectual stimulation many gifted children crave, social interaction with other gifted children is probably their most important need.the issue which I'm stating is the very important issue for gifted preschoolers is not rushing to make an early start on schoolwork; it's helping the child in as many ways as possible to have positive experience and develop social confidence with at least one group of other bright children, and also to develop confidence in his or her own ability to function at her or his intelligence level, that is, to lay down some confidence in him or herself as a gifted child. This latter objective may obviously involve some activities which come within the future school curriculum, but that's not the main goal in making them available to the child. The amount of genuine academic content in the 7 years of primary schooling is relatively small, and no gifted child is likely to have any trouble mastering it in the future. "