There are many reasons for testing a child’s ability to learn and perform academically, but before embarking on a battery of tests it is best to ask and understand a few questions up front:
What will I learn from the test results?
Will the results make a difference in my child’s school life?
These and related questions are often posed when a physician, educator, or therapist recommends testing to a parent.
Typically, testing includes an evaluation of cognitive (IQ), academic, attention, and/or processing issues. An assessment may rule out any problems or clarify directions to help parents and children more successfully travel the academic journey. Specific areas that testing is intended to address include the following:
From this information parents are better able to
So…when does it make sense to think about testing?
Similarly, you can also have your child tested if you want to confirm how smart your child is so you can take genetic credit!
If you think testing might clarify these or other issues, talk with your child’s pediatrician, teacher, or school counselor. Results will help you to understand your child better and to guide parenting throughout the school years.