What is Giftedness?
Giftedness is increased intellectual ability which is significantly higher than the average same aged population. No two gifted individuals exhibit the same qualities where he or she has their own unique patterns and traits which perpetuates their strengths. Individuals with giftedness may require modifications to their education environment to excel to their capabilities.
Common signs of Giftedness include:
Acquires and retains information quickly;
Boredom or loss of interest in school
Advanced language skills
May prefer adult conversation and feel like they don’t fit in with peers.
Curious attitude, asks lots of questions and opinionated
Experiences emotional or behavioural difficulties
Early recognition of Giftedness may aid in a customised curriculum for your child as well as helping your child achieve their full potential.
Getting a Diagnosis
Gaining a diagnosis for Giftedness involves comprehensive evidence-based assessments by a trained psychologist.
Here at the Mind Body Practice, a Giftedness assessment with one of our qualified psychologists will typically include:
1. Initial clinical interview and completion of questionnaires to gather comprehensive background information such as developmental, social, and educational history.
2. Administration of Giftedness assessments by a trained psychologist, which typically includes:
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Fifth Edition (WISC-V)
Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT-III)
Adaptive Behaviour Assessment System - Third Edition (ABAS-3)
3. Feedback session and comprehensive written report within four weeks of the assessment date.
Benefits of gaining an Intellectual Disability Diagnosis
Gaining a diagnosis of Giftedness may assist with decisions regarding educational planning and school placement, such as early school admission, entry into gifted and talented school programs and access to accelerated learning opportunities. Furthermore, gaining a diagnosis of Giftedness may enable you to seek a specific educational plan for your child which will help them stay engaged at school and be appropriately challenged by learning material.
How do I book in for a Giftedness Assessment?
To book an assessment, or to simply discuss if an assessment is right for you, please contact our friendly reception on (02) 8091 7867 at The Mind Body Practice. We are located in Parramatta CBD & Bella Vista.
A GP referral is not required. For further information, contact us for pricing information and organise a complimentary 10-minute phone call with one of our friendly psychologists to answer any questions you may have.