Children younger than 4
Although it is possible to test a child as young as 2 on the SB5, for purposes of determining giftedness Dr. Ruf does not administer this test until the child reaches the age of 4. To provide parents with guidance earlier than that, the process includes a file analysis of Dr. Ruf’s Developmental Milestones intake form (from which it is possible to estimate and evaluate the child’s intellectual level and profile), personality profile testing of the parents, and the same in-depth consultation described above.
Achievement testing/grade-level readiness
Wechsler Individual Achievement Test-III (WIAT-III) - A complete achievement battery that was published in 2009 and has norms available as young as age 4 through college and adult levels. Materials, testing session, and written report are included.
Early Entrance to Kindergarten package
Where a school district requires it, Dr. Ruf offers a package rate for the Stanford-Binet 5 (SB5), preschool level subtests of the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test-III (WIAT-III), and the Scales of Independent Behavior-Revised (SIB-R). This includes materials, Dr. Ruf’s Developmental Milestones intake information and file analysis, assessment session, plus written follow-up reports with recommendations included.
The Harter Scales, by Susan Harter at the University of Denver, Colorado, are highly recommended as a way of determining whether or not the individual is depressed, feeling support from family and school, and further isolating factors that may be contributing to underachievement issues. The forms are sent to your home, completed, and mailed back for scoring and interpretation.
Tests available include:
• Self-Perception Profile for Children
• Self-Perception Profile for Adolescents
• Adult Self-Perception Profile
• Social Support Scale for Children
• Dimensions of Depression Profile for Children and Adolescents
• A Scale of Intrinsic Versus Extrinsic Orientation in the Classroom
• Self-Perception for Learning Disabled Students