#1 Time By doing private gifted testing, you won’t have to wait for the understaffed school district to get around to your child. And you’ll get results within 7 days which is pretty much unheard of with the overworked school district’s school psychologists or other psychologists in the area. This could make your child eligible for a gifted classroom sooner.
#2 Attention to Detail Our psychologists are able to take more time assessing your child and analyzing the results. In some cases, they are able to alert parents of areas of concern that may impact future academic performance, such as early signs of reading and math difficulties and problems with attention and focus. This doesn’t happen when the school district’s school psychologists test your child for gifted.
#3 Optimized Performance Is your child more alert and focused in the morning or just the opposite? Say your child gets sleepy, is just getting or recovering from a cold, or has a stomachache during the evaluation. All of these factors can negatively affect your child’s performance. Our psychologists can schedule testing on a day, at a specific time of day, or to stop testing and reschedule the remainder of the testing for another day when your child is more alert, focused, and feeling better. School psychologists don’t have this luxury.
#4 Fairness In public and charter schools, you have to depend on a teacher to recommend your child for gifted testing to start the process. But what if your child’s teacher doesn’t make this recommendation? There are a lot of reasons a teacher might not make this recommendation, like behavior problems or difficulties with attention. Or maybe your child is quiet and shy and goes largely unnoticed by the teacher in a large classroom.