I'm new to all this and not sure whether to pursue this further but was wondering if anybody was available with experience and could maybe use their knowledge etc to let me know whether my daughter is gifted.
There is a checklist on the homepage to help you. If you've read a bit about it and around the forum and it feels right then she probably is. Parents are usually right on the money with identifying. There is a 'Find a psychologist' tab on the main page for formal testing and identification. It's pricey and I recommend it if you're having real struggles with your daughter.
No harm in assuming your daughter is gifted and providing opportunities and support that are appropriate. She won't learn things that she's not ready for and you'll soon know if she's thriving in extention or it's over her head at this point.
No she hasn't been assessed. I just had a parent teacher interview and her teacher was showing me all her assessments. Her teacher (also deputy principal) mentioned to me that I shouldn't be surprised if she is in a gifted and talented programme in a year or so. Something about her brain developing etc
I suppose I've got all interested because 2 weeks prior to that my 3 year olds teacher said that she wouldn't be surprised if miss 3 was gifted. Kinda got me thinking IYKWIM.
I thought it was odd that she said in a couple of years don't be surprised if she needs extension of some sort/Gifted and talented programme. Does that mean she has the potential to be gifted?
During the interview her teacher said to me you know your daughter is 'different'...didn't really know what to say at the time because I know she is different and it's obvious. Her teacher said she loves her quirkiness and possibly has a photographic memory. She certainly thinks differently. Her maturity level is quite young for her age (She just turned 9 and is in Y5)...at times I am embarassed. She has always been in trouble in class for day dreaming or being off with the fairies. She doesn't have many friends and I think it may be because she is different and struggles socially-she gets along with boys more than girls and is an easy target at school, my heart bleeds for her. She has only started to enjoy school (last 3 years she wanted to move schools or pretended to be sick) and is extremely sensitive and tells you how she feels-forthright. I remember when she started year 0/1 they were going to get her assessed for add or adhd and decided against it. I also remember her new entrant teacher saying she is the best drawer she has ever seen in a 5 year old since she has been teaching(25yrs). She is known at her school for her creative side.
Her assessments this year show that she is above average in everything. But her stanine scores don't really make me think she's amazing IYKWIM. Stanine 7's and a few 6's however one assessment put her in the top 1% in NZ but that was just one assessment. Schoolwork is low priority to her she would have art all day if she could. Realised she got away with doing no homework for a year ( I was studying at the time). She's very disorganised, survival skills could do with a bit of brushing up.
I suppose I'm interested because 2 weeks earlier my miss 3's teacher said she wouldn't be surprised if she was gifted.
Thanks to anyone who could be bothered reading all that waffle hopefully it makes sense.