As many parents of next year's kindergarteners talk proudly about where their children will go to school, families with preschoolers who have or may have special needs often wonder: what about MY child? How can I help him reach his maximum potential? Where can I find the best tutors, therapists, and schooling support? Consultant Toby Glick ofParentConfidantecan help you. This is the time to call her--before her fall rush. Toby also helps families with older children find schools, therapists, and support.If you have a special needs child or know someone who does who needs help, you can reach Toby at 646-300-1881 orToby(at)ParentConfidante.com.
On a regular basis I meet families whose kids seem to have trouble paying attention and connecting with other kids. So often the problem is undiagnosed auditory processing disorder. I often refer families to a superb audiologist who specializes in diagnosing and treating learning disorders like this one.
As many parents of next year's kindergarteners talk proudly about where their children will go to school, families with preschoolers who have or may have special needs often wonder: what about MY child? How can I help him reach his maximum potential? Where can I find the best tutors, therapists, and schooling support?
Consultant Toby Glick ofParentConfidantecan help you. This is the time to call her--before her spring rush: 646-300-1881.
Thanks to Sonya Sobiesky of Psychology Today for quoting me in her insightful article on preschool aptitude and ERB (WPPSI) testing,Baby Steps to Harvard.
But how accurate is IQ testing for toddlers? The commonly used WechslerIntelligenceScale evaluates verbal ability based on vocabulary size and clarity of speech. “If a speech therapist can help you with these skills, how is that testing intelligence?” says Emily Glickman of Abacus Guide Educational Consulting.
Researchers agree that measurement errors due to fussiness,hunger, and even how well a child likes her questioner are fairly common when testing preschoolers.
Glickman also notes that “a lot of psychological testing is your ability to copy things. I think that’s a test of exposure, not intelligence. If kids have had practice drawing, if they’ve learned about farm animals, they’re going to do better on the tests.”
IQ scores at age 3 do correlate strongly with IQ scores at age 21, Joseph Fagan of Case Western Reserve University has found. But results at the lower end of the scale may be the most useful: IQ tests were originally developed to differentiate normal children from those needing specialeducation. An IQ of 130 versus 120, Fagan says, “is not going to make a big difference in how someone turns out.”
Has your preschool director scared the bejesus out of you by telling you your child needs therapy?
Cheer up, Manhattan preschool directors are notorious for raising false alarms. And if your child DOES have a developmental lag, you can be grateful to your preschool director. Catching problems early often means they can be overcome, vastly improved, or worked around by getting appropriate intervention.
Need help sorting through your options and finding the best professionals? I'd go straight to Toby Glick atParentConfidante(646-300-1881). Toby is compassionate and thoughtful, and will save you much time and worry.
Toby Glick of ParentConfidante can help you find the best speech, physical, occupational, or ABA therapists in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Westchester or New Jersey. She also knows the top pediatricians, developmental pediatricians, neurologists, psychologists, and psychiatrists in the NY metro area. Get more info about Toby's services at www.parentconfidante.com.