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Gifted children articles

Thanks to Bill Maki for kickstarting the update of this section.

Have the child tested by a certified psychologist. Now, that is not scary. Your school has access to one. Even if you are not attending the public schools, in Ohio your local public school system will provide you (as a taxpayer) with assistance in getting an assessment of your child. Talk to your child's teacher, principal, or the local board of education. 

Other tests may be used by the school system, per their stated policy, to identify gifted children. For children older than 14, your local Mensa chapter (that's us) can administer the Mensa admissions test. So one way or the other, your question is settled. (Mensa accepts test scores from over 200 IQ tests, including most of the ones being used by school districts as prior evidence of eligibility for Mensa.)

So after the tests you now know that your child is gifted. What do you do?

There are many resources to aid the parent in bringing out the best in a gifed child. The links listed below are part educational, part assistive. You can find links to Mensa, the Department of Education for the State of Ohio, the Ohio Association of Gifted Children, and many more.

As the parent, you will be pressed to keep the child involved. After reading some of the characteristics of gifted children, you may have ideas of after school activities that would appeal to their interest. If the child is bored in school, have the child "test out" of their grade and be moved up to the grade they can handle. Your third grader may be capable of doing 7th grade work! Be proud! The current advice is to let the child work at his/her level and not hold them back. They will make friends in all the classes they attend.

Attend our monthly meeting and bring your Gifted Child(ren). Once members, they can access over 100 special interest groups on the Mensa website. They can talk to older Mensans about how they got through school.

The web links on our main menu may help you get started finding resources.  Also, if you enter "Ohio and Gifted Children" on a Google search, you will turn up many websites and articles on gifted children.

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