Testing, Identifying, and Serving Gifted Children With and Without Disabilities: A Multi-State Parental Perspective

Dawn L. Mollenkopf, Jude Matyo-Cepero, Joan D. Lewis, Bailey A. Irwin, Jennifer Joy

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Abstract

Early identification of gifted children, including those twice-exceptional, allows schools and parents to support these children’s needs, but little is known about this early identification process and the role parents and teachers play. Parents of gifted children completed a survey which looked at what age their child was tested and identified, whether or not the parent suspected that the child was gifted, who referred the child for testing, and whether or not their child was twice-exceptional. Schools tested, identified, and started services for gifted children in the early elementary grades, usually between 5 and 6 years of age. Most parents identified giftedness in their children by age 2. Parents were also the most frequent person to refer their child for testing, although teachers also placed a strong role. Twice-exceptional children did not differ significantly from gifted children on any of these measures. Implication for further study are included.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-92
Number of pages10
JournalGifted Child Today
Volume44
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2021

Keywords

  • early identification
  • parents
  • survey
  • teachers
  • twice-exceptional
  • young gifted children

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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