IQ Testing for Kids
Testing a child's IQ may help parents and teachers determine the best learning strategies for a child. A detailed analysis of your child's reasoning abilities can help teachers design learning interventions that both help your child with their difficulties and build on their strengths. Psychologists refer to IQ tests as 'cognitive' tests. The tests that Hartley Psychology use are empirically validated and are considered among the best measures of children's intellectual abilities. The testing activities include tasks such as making things, looking at pictures, and answering questions. Rather than focusing on one IQ score, psychologists analyse many aspects of your child's performance to develop a clearer picture of how your child learns, their strengths and weaknesses.
What is the process?
Before testing proceeds, it is important to gather information that will help build the bigger picture. A parent/carer interview is conducted to gather information about your child's health, educational progress, other previous testing and interests. You will be given a questionnaire for your child's teacher to fill out and may also be asked to complete questionnaires. You will be asked to provide copies of relevant specialist reports and your child's most recent school report.
Your child will be booked in for a two hour appointment. The testing is conducted in a one to one manner. It is important that on the day your child is feeling well and not tired. It will be necessary for your child to bring any devices that they usually need such as reading glasses or hearing aids. No results will be available on the day as the results have to be carefully scored and scaled. Usually an academic assessment is conducted as well. Your child will be booked in for a two hour appointment about a week later. Academic assessments are used to perform statistical comparisons with the IQ test and provide important information with regards to your child's academic progress. A third session may be required depending on the type of testing.
A detailed report will be provided outlining the results of the testing and making recommendations to help teachers with their interventions. Parents are responsible for distributing reports to the school unless they request otherwise. Hartley Psychology will seek the permission of parents before discussing a child's testing results with teachers, specialists or other third parties.
Please check with your private health fund for information about rebates. Medicare does not offer rebates for these tests. Bring along your private health care card if you would like on the spot processing of rebates. Payment is usually divided over the parent interview and two testing sessions.