Assessment of Intellectual Ability using the Stanford Binet: Fifth Edition or WISC-V. Beginning in 2017 Gifted Minds will be offering achievement testing as well as psychometric testing for parents who are concerned that their child may be underachieving academically.
This service is available for gifted and/or creative children, adolescents and adults, ranging from age 3 to 85+ years, and includes the actual assessment plus a detailed written report. A twenty minute follow-up by phone or email is included in the total cost.
Counselling for adults regarding parenting issues concerning intellectual giftedness and creativity
Talks for parent groups, associations and schools
Examples of topics that have covered in the past are provided below:
• Latest insights on the assessment of gifted children: What does it all mean for my child?
• Ability & intensity: Riding the rollercoaster of overexcitability
• Issues related to self-esteem in gifted children
• How expectation impacts on achievement
• Rights and Needs: Avoiding conflict, showing support and helping your child
• The 'S' word and the 'F' word': Success' and 'Failure' through the eyes of your gifted
• Interpreting Intelligence: Preliminary Findings from the analysis of 800 Stanford Binet 5
assessments with mildly to exceptionally gifted individuals
• Label libel: Counselling over-diagnosed & mis-diagnosed gifted and creative adolescents
Staff Development Workshops
Workshops usually focus on answering questions about identifying gifted students. They aim to give teachers a better understanding of what an IQ test is really all about by discussing issues such as: What is being measured? What is "intelligence" and is it really quantifiable? How do IQ and Factors Scores relate to academic performance?
Latest assessment tools, and their pros and cons, are discussed in real terms that make sense from an educational perspective. Workshops are 'user-friendly', interactive sessions during which teachers are encouraged to ask questions about assessment and giftedness in a relaxed and supportive environment.
Other workshops have had a special emphasis on the affective and socio-emotional issues that often accompany giftedness. Intensities and sensitivities and their impact in the classroom are explored, as well as issues with friendship, self-esteem and motivation. The special needs of gifted children with learning difficulties can also be discussed.