Consider the following story as it relates to this topic.
I’ve spent a lot of time at home lately due to COVID-19. As a result, I’ve noticed certain things about my daughter. She’s eight and is saying and doing things way beyond her years. While her brothers are outside playing, she’s in her room reading books and watching science experiments on YouTube! I’ve heard the term “gifted” before, but I’m not quite sure if she is or not. And with school starting soon, I feel that now is the perfect time to have her tested for potential giftedness, but I don’t feel comfortable bringing her into an office while the pandemic is still ongoing. What are my options?
Every child has a skill that makes him/her/them unique and special, but is your child gifted? Over the past few months, you’ve spent a lot of time with your child thanks to stay-at-home orders. Have you noticed a few things about them that went under your radar in the past? It can be difficult identifying the key signs of giftedness.
That’s where our team of licensed psychologists come in to help. We want to give every parent a better and more in-depth understanding of their child’s abilities through our individually administrated testing service. And right now, since your child’s health is our top priority, we’re offering our gifted testing online, and as of this week, also in person again.
It’s no secret that some kids have a hard time sitting still for extended periods of time due to boredom. Since our testing requires children to sit still and interact with one of our psychologists, we ask that only children eight years or older be tested via telehealth.
While we currently offer telehealth assessments as a way of keeping everyone safe, we understand that online testing may not be a great fit for your child. That’s why we offer free, 10-minute consultations prior to seeing your child, which you can schedule here. These will help us decide the best approach for your child
How Telehealth Testing Works
Once we’ve completed a consultation and scheduled your child’s online testing session, we’ll choose a day and time that works best for you both. Before testing takes place, however, you can expect:
- A brief intake session with us.
- How to prepare your child for their testing session.
- Detailed instructions on what to expect and how to set up everything that’s needed.
Please have the following:
- A laptop or desktop computer with a webcam.
- A second webcam or smartphone for you to use during your child’s test.
- A quiet, distraction-free environment.
We’ll take care of the rest. Our testing happens in the morning and usually lasts between two-and-a-half to three hours. About one week after the test, we’ll provide feedback on your child’s results via a phone conference and will mail a copy of the report to you.
We’re Ready to Help Your Child
At Rice Psychology Group, we take our online gifted testing service very seriously. We’ve worked hard to make sure that you and your child receive the exact same experience with our online sessions as you would in-person. We’ve carefully researched specific tests and have collaborated with publishers to determine the best methods of testing. We also communicate with local schools about how we conduct our testing. For more information about our services or to schedule your free, 10-minute consultation, contact us in Tampa today.