Gifted (or Gifted & Talented) Defined
Gifted students are those who have a very high level of proficiency in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, leadership, or in specific academic domains. The particular identification criteria for gifted students vary from school district to school district. However, in all schools, the goal of this classification is to provide gifted children with school activities that are challenging and correspond with their high ability levels.
Our psychologists have extensive experience in assessing various levels of giftedness. They will conduct the evaluation, complete a written report that includes specific recommendations, and provide feedback. A CAPES assessment for identifying giftedness typically includes:
Review of developmental, medical, behavioral, and family history
Review of report cards, teacher feedback, and results from any previous standardized testing
Assessment of cognitive abilities using comprehensive, standardized measures (including verbal and nonverbal abilities, working memory, and processing speed)
Assessment of academic achievement in the areas of reading, writing, and math
Review of any already completed work that may be indicative of your child’s unique gifts or talents. This could include previously written work (e.g., poems, creative writing, etc.), artwork, and/or audio/video recordings of any musical or theatrical talents, etc.
Further evaluation in additional areas may also be necessary when suspected learning, emotional, behavioral, or attention problems are evident. Please contact us if you have additional questions or would like to set up an appointment.