Have you wondered if it’s worthwhile for your children to take IQ tests? Intelligence Quotient tests, as they are known in the longform have long been a way of identifying and measuring intellectual potential of individuals, while pinpointing areas where support is needed. As these tests do not measure other characteristics and human strengths like rational thinking skills, creativity, motivation and character, many dismiss them. However, there are some very clear benefits to having children’s cognitive functionality tested.
Ensure proper Diagnosis
It can be hard for undiagnosed gifted children to cope in a standard school and classroom environment. There are statistics that show that as much as 20% of gifted children tend to drop out of school because of depression and anxiety. Often gifted children who are undiagnosed but display intense behavioural qualities are wrongly assumed to have psychiatric issues and disorders and therefore wrongly and avoidably medicated. It’s often the case that those classified as gifted need as much, or even more support, than children with learning difficulties.
Improved Help for Children with Learning difficulties
There’s often the case that if a child is not performing on a scholastic level, it’s not actually down to their intelligence level. Various challenges to learning can make it hard for some children to have success in the classroom and if they are not diagnosed and just considered to be not as smart as others, it could come across as if they are less capable than they are. Learning difficulties come in all shapes and forms including dysgraphia, dyscalculia and dyslexia to name a few. By using IQ tests, you can rule out the possibility that they have a low level of intelligence and open the way to investigate further into why they are performing so poorly.
Tracking Educational Impact
There are indicators that suggest that the average intelligence of human beings as a species is increasing steadily. As a result, IQ tests are regularly updated, as often as 10 years or so to make sure that the average score is still 100 points. There has been an increase of around 20 points to the average IQ score over the course of the 20th century and into the 21th.
The cognitive improvements of humans are attributed to the increasing difficulty of many school subjects like maths and children starting formal education at younger ages. Without the information gleaned from IQ tests, therefore, we would not have this kind of understanding that the impact of childhood education has.
Identifying Learning Disabilities Suffered by Gifted Students
There are times when children with learning disabilities are also gifted. Being gifted and having a learning difficulty can mask one another, making the pupil seem normal and just average. With cognitive testing though, specific strengths and weaknesses can be identified and help them to reach their potential better. Take as an example, a child with a physical difficulty disability that affects their writing, if they are given voice-to-text software or use a keyboard, rather than a pencil or pen, they can better get across their thoughts and ideas. Without initially testing their IQ though, their advanced abilities may never be detected, and they would just be defined by their physical disability.