GDC Qualitative and Quantitative Assessment (QQA)
For the first time, the Gifted Development Center, in conjunction with our affiliates in California, is offering a combination of Qualitative Assessment and Quantitative Assessment: the most comprehensive way of understanding your gifted child. This state-of-the-art combination of assessment methods allows your children to demonstrate their abilities in both the structured environment of standardized testing and in the familiarity of your home, where your children are free to express themselves in any way they wish.
The special training and personalities of the GDC Qualitative Assessment (QA) practitioners invite your children to be completely comfortable in sharing who they really are. Instead of an evaluation, QA feels like an opportunity to engage with an interested new friend in your own home. Our QA practitioners are able to discover a great deal about your children in one hour, as well as recognize signs of giftedness. A uniquely child-centered approach, QA is invaluable for understanding the more elusive qualities of your child (e.g., creative, emotional, spiritual, ethical) that correlate with high IQ. It can supply vital information that may not be revealed in standardized testing, creating a fuller picture—especially for those who may not test well.
Although some private gifted schools use QA for admission, public schools and most selective private schools require the kind of documentation provided by quantitative assessments. Our new service, GDC Qualitative and Quantitative Assessment (QQA), provides the ideal combination of different approaches for understanding your child in depth.
QQA has some additional new features. For the first time, we are incorporating the Visual-Spatial Identifier (VSI) among our instruments to assess your child’s learning style. Parents complete the VSI, Observer Form, and youth 12 years or over also complete the VSI, Self-Report. The visual-spatial learner (VSL) construct originated at the Gifted Development Center and we are the central source of information about how to teach and parent VSLs.
We are the leaders in research on overexcitabilities. We created the Overexcitability Inventory for Parents (OIP). The latest 28-item version measures all five overexcitabilities—psychomotor, sensual, imaginational, intellectual and emotional. Emotional overexcitability now divides into two factors: emotional sensitivity and empathy. This is the first time we have been able to assess empathy in children.
In our signature two-hour post-test conference, you will meet with an expert on Qualitative Assessment, an expert on quantitative methods, and Linda Silverman, Ph.D., Director of the Gifted Development Center, all addressing different facets of your child’s development. Collectively, we will co-create with you an Optimal Development Plan to promote your child’s emotional growth and educational career.
We offer you emotional support and guidance with parenting. After the assessment, we will continue to be available to you: you may have a 20-minute free consultation with one of our staff within 3 months. If you need additional help, Linda Leviton, MFT, author of Peace Within, Peace Between, can work with your family via Skype.
QQA is available based on demand. Our next stop is Northern California (Bay Area) February 14-21, 2015.
Contact the Gifted Development Center at 303-837-8378; [email protected].