An assessment of cognitive abilities (reasoning, logic, word understanding, problem solving) is undertaken when parents or teachers question:
Some medical and developmental conditions increase the risk of a child also having an Intellectual Disability. For example, children with a physical syndrome (e.g. Cerebral Palsy), chromosomal syndrome (e.g. Downs Syndrome) or developmental disorder (e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorder) with a co-occurring intellectual disability will require specialist support with regard to life skills and education and therefore an assessment of intellectual ability is a very important part of life planning.
Intellectual ability refers to our skills involved in learning, thinking and understanding. These skills include: remembering ; logic; understanding; recognising objects and shapes; identifying similarities between objects; planning; hand-eye co-ordination; visual perception and recalling memories. Most children have good development in these skills and therefore learn well in the mainstream system of education.
An intellectual disability means that the child's ability to develop these skills is significantly delayed compared to similar age children In addition, the child's ability to independently undertake simple skills of daily living is also significantly impaired. Significant delays are identified in the learning, thinking and understanding skills mentioned above and this impacts on the child's ability to learn, make friends and live independent lives.
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Here are three reasons to consider a giftedness assessment:
This assessment will provide you with: