Parents are among the best identifiers of gifted children. You clearly know your child better than anyone and\u00a0your input\u00a0should be welcomed and valued by\u00a0any school you are considering for your child.\u00a0 Typically, parents of gifted kids will notice characteristics\u00a0of giftedness\u00a0in their child\u00a0at an early\u00a0age.\u00a0At Sycamore\u00a0School, we call these \u201cThe Twelve Signs\u201d of a gifted child. They include:\u00a0 \tEarly language development \tExcellent memory \tCuriosity \tRapid learning \tSense of humor \tIntensity \tLong attention span \tSensitivity \tObservational skills \tPreference for older playmates \tPerfectionism \tStrong sense of morality and justice If you have noticed\u00a0some of these characteristics in your child, you might want to seek out a more formal evaluation. This evaluation process\u00a0may\u00a0include: \tFeedback from parents about the signs of giftedness \tFeedback from a current teacher about the child\u2019s classroom performance \tMeasures of school performance such as\u00a0a current report card\u00a0and achievement test scores \tFormal assessment through intelligence\u00a0testing, which measures a child\u2019s intellectual potential At Sycamore we also include a shadow visit in the child\u2019s current grade level so that our teachers, who are trained and experienced in working with gifted children,\u00a0can give us feedback about each child and his\/her\u00a0probable fit with our school. Lots of factors can influence the identification process. Testing may be influenced by age, mood, health, or readiness.\u00a0Very bright only children can be overlooked because parents have no basis for comparison, thinking all children spontaneously read at 3 years old. A very gifted first child can make parents doubt that their other children are gifted because they don\u2019t seem as smart as the first child. Some gifted kids aren\u2019t great test takers or their test scores may be affected by perfectionism or low tolerance for risk taking. If you want to know if your child is gifted, it is wise to seek out professionals who are experienced at testing and identifying gifted children.\u00a0 For more information about the signs of giftedness, identifying gifted kids, or gifted kids in general, please visit\u00a0www.sycamoreschool.org.\u00a0\u00a0 Susan Karpicke, EdD Director of Admissions Sycamore School Brought to you by Sycamore School.