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I.Q. & Gifted

I.Q. & Academic Giftedness in Children

What Does Academically or Intellectually Gifted Mean?

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According to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) students perform or show the potential to perform at substantially high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experiences or environment. AIG students exhibit high-performance capability in intellectual areas and/or specific academic fields. As such, Academically or Intellectually Gifted students may require differentiated educational services beyond those ordinarily provided by their regular educational program. If you believe your child may be gifted, you should consider seeking AIG services in the North Carolina Public School System.


Signs of Giftedness & High Intelligence In Children:

Do you wonder if your child is Gifted because he or she is an early reader, has an excellent memory, or relates well to adults? Parents can often sense that their child may be brighter than average when witnessing these kinds of advanced abilities. Although there is no official list, here are some example characteristics to help determine if your child may be Gifted or have a high IQ. Remember, your child doesn't need to have all of these traits to be considered Gifted:

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  • Extremely curious
  • Asks thoughtful questions
  • Intense interests
  • Excellent memory
  • Long attention span
  • Fluent, flexible, elaborate, and original thinking
  • Well-developed powers of abstraction, conceptualization, and synthesis
  • Quickly and easily sees relationships in ideas, objects, or facts
  • Excellent reasoning and problem-solving skills
  • Good at guessing correct answers
  • May become bored in school because he or she already knows most of the answers
  • Gets good grades and test scores even without much effort
  • Learns quickly, with less practice and repetition
  • Gets involved physically and mentally (taking in information even when seemingly not paying attention)
  • May be self-critical or perfectionistic
  • Expresses strong feelings and opinions
  • May prefer the company of older peers or adults
  • Interested in philosophical and social issues
  • Very sensitive, emotionally and even physically
  • Concerned about fairness and injustice

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What To Do If You Think Your Child May Be Gifted

If you suspect your child is highly intelligent and/or gifted, the first step is to verify this though Gifted / IQ / Academic Testing. Testing your child with an experienced professional provides valuable information about their general strengths and weaknesses. The results of Academically/Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Testing can help identify your child for a Gifted program and advocate for appropriate educational accommodations. Testing can also provide details about learning needs (including strengths and weaknesses) and discover any learning disabilities requiring intervention. Learn more about our specific evaluations on our Gifted / IQ / Academic Testing page.




IQ & Gifted Resources & Articles

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    Dr. Kristen Wynns from Wynns Family Psychology joins us with some expert advice on how to determine if your kid is ready to start Kindergarten in the fall, She’s also sharing details on an upcoming Kindergarten Fair where you can find all the help, resources and FREE screenings you’ll need.

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    Go beyond basic training

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    It would be nice to sit down with everyone for dinner or a discussion, but with everyone’s busy lives, is rounding up the family for some time together even possible? Dr. Kristen Wynns returns to the show to share her tips on working family time into a hectic schedule and discusses the importance of regular family communication (including the kids) on your marriage.

  • Coping With Your Child's Behavioral And Emotional Issues

    Children can place stress on any marriage, and when kids are dealing with behavioral or emotional problems, it can often be even more trying on the parents. Dr. Kristen Wynns returns to discuss some of the differences between chronic problems and those that are a natural part of development, as well as what parents can do to make sure the special needs of their children don’t take a toll on...

  • The Effects Of Marital Conflict On Your Kids

    Is conflict in your marriage taking a toll on your children? Even if the arguments take place behind closed doors, they can still impact your kids. Dr. Kristen Wynns discusses some tactics parents often use without realizing the effects and how parents can resolve conflicts in a constructive manner that provides a positive behavioral model for their children.

  • The No Wimpy Parenting Handbook

    An Easy Guide For Reclaiming Your Parenting Power. Are you frustrated and at the end of your rope when it comes to parenting? The No Wimpy Parenting Handbook is a must-have resource for parents who are tired of having no power in their own homes! The No Wimpy Parenting handbook is meant to empower parents with easy tips and effective strategies to transform their homes. There is an epidemic...

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    Does your child or teen tend to take a negative perspective on every schoolyard scenario?

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    Even though offering up good advice seems like a prerequisite for being a good friend, it's sometimes harder than we think.

  • When Your Kids are Begging for a Pet

    There are countless upsides to owning a furry friend (other than all the cuddles & kisses). Taking care of a pet has been shown to help children feel compassion for animals, people, and even themselves. In this hectic world, it's also nice that petting a dog or cat is linked to lower stress and better mental health. But before you run to a shelter or pet shop, ask yourself:

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