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Friend has suggested IQ test for my 2 year old

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morefalafel Tue 09-Jul-13 13:09:49

My friend is a nursery manager, she has worked with kids for about 15 years and today she said to me that she thinks my little boy should have an IQ test. She said it will be better for me to know if he is gifted before we get to school so that I am able to give him the right help and so the teachers will be able to set work according to his level.

TBH I feel a bit silly asking but as I only have my son (and my nephew, who is on a similar level) to compare to, I really have no idea whether what is is doing is average or not. Both boys have always been ahead of the milestone charts, but aren't most kids! wink

Anyway, he is 2 years and 7 months and can write his name. He can also type out any word you like on a keyboard if you tell him the letters but he can type Daddy and Mummy and his own name without me spelling them out. He can also point to the letters if you have a poster of the alphabet. If he sees a shop sign/road sign/writing on his, he will spell out the letters in it and ask me what it says. If you show him a word with one letter missing and read the word, he can identify the missing letter (most of the time). He can identify any number up to about 30 on his own but will have a go at higher ones (saying thirty ten for forty etc). He knows how many of something I am holding. He asks me questions like 'What does sand do?' when we were at the beach or 'Where does the moon go?' at night. I asked him to spell cat in the magnetic letters at my mums house - he did (but hasn't repeated that one since without me spelling it out!). Hes bilingual, loves singing, shapes and colours (knows all of them) and can tell the time but only if its on the dot of 2pm/3pm etc he cant tell half past or quarter past etc. He does not stop running around and hates loud noises, but is a really sociable little fellow.

Is an IQ test necessary? What will it prove? Could I just continue helping him at home? Are there any online resources? Sorry for all the questions smile

ItsOkayItsJustMyBreath Tue 30-Jul-13 16:58:17

I'm not sure about an IQ test as I have no experience of them but it might be worth contacting your local HV team and asking them to do something called a Schedule of Growing Skills. DS has just had one and because the results showed he was advanced I have been told to call our Early Years team as they will give me advice regarding nursery and possible funding for when he starts school.

He certainly sounds very bright! DS is 2.6 and quite a handful grin

snowolf Fri 20-Feb-15 20:15:40

My son is 20 months he can recite the alphabet, both letters and phonetically, counts to 30 and counts backwards from 10, and can fill in missing numbers if you show him 2 numbers and a space. he knows all shapes and says them including trapezium parallelogram, octagon pentagon hexagon, but I can't find anyone that will assess him at his age.

RandomHouseRules Fri 20-Feb-15 23:47:10

I am not sure what the point of assessment at this stage is really. I have a ds who did all of the above and remains advanced.We haven't had him assessed (mostly because it didn't occur to us). I have no idea what would be different if we did. He is at a good state school where they differentiate weIl and - while I have questions as we go - he is doing fine. DH and I both have first class Oxbridge degrees, read early and had many g&t traits. Neither of us were assessed early or think that if we had been it would have made the blindest difference. I have a brother who for a variety of reasons was assessed, with a v v v high iq score at a young age. He had an immensely tough time at school and the outcomes for him weren't good - left school at 16 for eg.

Bluntly I am not sure what the point of assessment is. If your child is super bright it will be addressed when they are at school (although you should question the school so you are confident they can differentiate well) and then you and the school should work together to ensure they are accounting for any specific areas where extra focus would be beneficial.

What specific outcomes are you expecting or hoping for?

Mistigri Sat 21-Feb-15 18:00:05

Agree with the others.

I'd add that before 4 years, IQ tests are necessarily very limited in scope and consequently not very informative or reliable. Only to be considered in rather exceptional circumstances (a healthy happy possibly gifted child is not an exceptional circumstance). If you are dead set on "knowing" your child's IQ, waiting until at least age 6 is sensible.

take3 Wed 11-Mar-15 19:49:13

I don't think an IQ test would gain much.... if anything it could be rather irritating to teachers in you head into reception with a piece of paper saying 'my child has a high IQ'!.... rightly or wrongly I'm afraid that teachers often react against parents telling them that their child is exceptional. Just leave the teachers to find it out for themselves.... it won't take them long.

Our son knew all his letter sounds by 2.10 years, by 3 he was writing word on our whiteboard like 'queen'. He finished all the Oxford Reading Tree up to stage 10 in nursery and read the Hobbit age 5. He is now 6 and enjoying Lord of the Rings. He's a great reader but I don't see him as genius... very good at reading with excellent vocab and comprehension/spelling.... but this is just one area of the curriculum. He can't swim yet! The lovely thing is that he doesn't know how good he is at Literacy - we homeschool.

yoyo1234 Wed 11-Mar-15 20:54:58

I really do not think tests would be accurate. He certainly sounds very intelligent. I'm not really sure of the point (unless for any problems that may/may not arise at a later date).

Maybe you could do it at a later date, where a test result maybe required to help formulate an action plan for an issue that has arisen.

6031769 Wed 01-Apr-15 13:39:13

My ds was similar at that age. He's in reception now and at the top end (one of the younger in the year) but not outstandingly so. He's always been good on wat you'd call the academic side but struggled with other stuff, potty training he was very late.

hardboiled Sat 02-May-15 12:54:32

OP, please don't waste your money. And don't label your child and expect amazing things from him just because he is a bright toddler - the pressure is horrible. I have seen it in many families... "he used to be so clever...etc etc".
Snowolf why do you need to test a 20 month baby? Just let him be. He is clever, good for him. You know it. That's enough. There are more things in life than intelligence. Or is it that you want the world to know it too?
There are many different forms of intelligence and IQ tests only test for one kind.

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