I am personally very skeptical about the management of the child’s precocity. The precipitation, the lack of information are often bad advisors. So … how to do it?

First, you should know that there is a real “business” in the field of Q.I. tests (intelligence quotient): tests offered to families at 300 euros, it exists! This market thrives because parents are very much in the affect on this subject. Which is normal. It is therefore necessary to take your time, consult the teaching team) if it is open to dialogue) and also ask what is expected of this type of test:

a relief ?
pride ?
a repair of his own course?
Or the possibility of finally helping his child when he has very unusual intellectual dispositions?

All of this at the same time ? And the child: how is he? Because all the precocious are not dunces or unfortunate children: many are “Happy at school”;)

Still, doing the test can be worth it for “do not miss”. To avoid charlatans, the most serious is to contact one of the two national associations approved by the Ministry of National Education:

AFEP (French Association for Early Childhood)
ANPEIP (National Association for Early Childhood)

They are associations of parents who can provide you with addresses of psychologists who undertake to carry out the test WISC III or IV, for about 120 euros and a small written report in the end (to require from the beginning of the meeting, it is very important). If some of you have other leads or experience sharing, they are welcome!

According to WISC III / IV, the earliness starts at 130, but this is just a number. The test refines the analysis in terms of skills and performance, interaction between thinking and doing, the latter point being often one of the challenges of the early child. This is why the written account is full of teaching for you, parents, but also for current and future teachers of your child.

How does the child learn? Why, often, his ability to find a quick solution to a problem without going through all the steps required by the teacher poses a serious problem in the classroom … But also in the course of schooling: it, especially in France, favors needy and unique processes that are not suitable at all for an intuitive and rapid thought. As you can see, all this can not relate to the single IQ figure! Contact:

The AFEP website
or the ANPEIP website

See also my article on children in the moon, some of whom are intellectually precocious children who escape to “think in their head” … but not all.

Finally, if you really want to have a broader view of the issue, consider reading Haward Gardner’s books on multiple intelligences that show that there are not necessarily gifted (the prism being the abstraction abilities) “and the others”, but ways of being in the world which, by their complementarity, offer to all, young and old, beautiful prospects of contribution to the world!

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