Question about testing a 6 y.o. for giftedness - FamilyEducation
Question about testing a 6 y.o. for giftedness
02/02/2011 at 02:29 AM


I believe my son to be extremely bright or even gifted. He is currently enrolled in a very small private Christian school. He has been having many difficulties in authority and being quiet. His teacher and principal put him on a "plan" where when he achieves on of his goals for the day he gets a stamp. His first goal was to speak when only spoken to. This has been the same goal since pretty much the beginning of the school year. He also has a big issue with authority, especially women. His school does not see him as being bright or gifted, just that he is a problem child. It frustrated me to see that he had no friends in his class and that he only gets along with the older children in the school. I want to get him tested but I am not sure if he is too young (6 y.o.) or even where to begin with the testing. I currently see a therapist and he believes from what I have explained of my son that he may very well be gifted. What do I do? My son's father does not seem to be talking my concerns seriously and just chalks it off to him being a "boy with tons of energy",



Look up characteristics of a gifted 6 year old to see if your son is actually gifted. If he is, then he may be bored with the curriculum offered by the school he is attending.

I have looked up characteristics and he seems to meet 3/4 of them. I am not sure how to go about it, getting him tested, or if he is even too young to be tested. -kelli

If your school district does not offer the testing at your son's age, a private psychologist can do the testing. Call your school district administration office to find out what testing, if any, is offered.

One of the skills that children need to develop during the kindergarten year is self-regulation. This is the ability to put a moment's thought between a perceived need and acting on that need. The lack of this may be what you are perceiving as problems with authority. Children with good self-regulation can think about how to get their needs met within the structure of the system they are in. Children who lack the ability to regulate themselves actually benefit from more structure. It would be good if you increased structure and limits within your own home, to provide him with the opportunity to develop this ability. Children don't mature all in a cohesive lump. He may be intellectually advanced, but behind in other areas.