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Interview with Motherhood (May Issue) on Gifted Children

Claudia Yu, founder of Gifted and Talented Education Centre says, “Technically, an IQ score above 130 in the SB-5 or WPPSI-IV/WISC-IV tests is considered as gifted.”
Yu brings up an important point for all parents to take note. She says, “The results or a single IQ score is just a snapshot of your child’s performance at a particular time and venue with a particular psychologist. In order to better understand your child’s strengths and weaknesses, you should look at the verbal and non-verbal scores as well as each section of the test. During the review session with your psychologist, ask as many questions as possible to fully understand the results.

Is Every Gifted Child the Same? The answer is an unequivocal NO. Every child is different and while some children may have an exceptional ability in Math and numbers, others may manifest their giftedness in other ways. Yu agrees, “Our centre has kids who are extremely gifted in mathematical reasoning while weak at verbal comprehension. We also have children who are linguistically talented, but always scored last 10 per cent for math and children who have superior reading and comprehension ability, while finding it difficult to come out with a structured composition.”
Yu says, “In many countries, gifted children are grouped under special needs children. Just as the bottom 5 per cent needs special support, the top 5 per cent requires special education. Instead, explore programmes for gifted children. Most of the enrichment programmes or kindergartens curriculum are designed for kids within the standard deviation (the middle 80 per cent). You may need to explore the special programmes which are able to have an inclusive class for the gifted children.”

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Interview with Straits Times & Motherhood on Gifted Children for Pre-schoolers

“Gifted and Talented Education Centre, which has branches in Balestier and Bukit Timah and caters to high-ability students, started a programme for pre-schoolers in 2013. Co-founder Claudia Yu said parents sign up after discovering their children are “very advanced in areas like numbers or verbal comprehension”. “Parents start to ask for help and learning support so that children can be exposed to more things,” she said.

She warned that gifted children could become unmotivated and unwilling to learn later on if they do not receive guidance. Children at the centre learn more than phonics and the alphabet. They are trained in visual and spatial skills through tasks such as producing maths puzzles. They also learn about current affairs.”

Elijah: 2.5 years old, youngest Mensa member Interview with Straits Times 8 May 2015.

“Next week, He will start a weekly class to develop his interest in maths at the Gifted and Talented Education Centre.”

Motherhood (2016 March Issue) – A Story about Gifted Pre-schoolers

Claudia Yu, founder of Gifted and Talented Education Centre says, “Giftedness can be demonstrated in many areas, academic, sports, art, music, or even spiritual.”

Gifted Children are able to focus their attention, maybe even hours at a time, on a single task, Yu elaborates, “They can focus on a task that they are interested in for a long duration but can get very impatient on the tasks they are less interested in. For example, they can spend hours building things out of building blocks, but are unable to sit still for more than five minutes working on math problems.”

However, according to Yu, it is not easy to ascertain giftedness at a young age. She says, “Some parents bring kids for IQ assessment. Based on our experience, IQ results may not be very accurate, especially for kids aged below nine. The best assessment is still the observation by experienced teachers-with experience in gifted education or received training in gifted education-over time.”

Yu recommends instilling a love of reading within the children and at the same time, staying away from too much multimedia exposure so that their creativity, imagination, and concentration levels are not eroded.

Motherhood (2016 April Issue) – Having a Gifted Child: Put to the Test

So what can you do if you think you have a gifted child? Claudia Yu, founder of Gifted and Talented Eduction Centre gives some advice, “Expose your child to a variety of reading materials. Reading is the key step to start self-learning, and most of the gifted children are proficient in self learning. You may explore also enrichment courses which are designed for advanced learners. Most of such courses will focus on conceptual level learning, with critical thinking skills integrated in depth within the lessons.”

Examples of group tests include the Mulitimensional Aptitude Battery (MAB), The Cognitive Abilities test (CogAT), and Scholoastic Assessment Tests (SAT). Yu elaborates further, “There are other tests to select academically gifted children, such as GATE programme (Gifted & Talented Education Programme) by American school, and GEP selection (Gifted Education Programme) by the Minstry Of Education Singapore. These are independent tests which are different from full IQ assessment reports Done by Psychologist.”