Consultancy FAQ’s

There are a number of questions parents ask regularly about the Consultation process. The points below may assist you in understanding what is involved.

Do I need a consultation?
If your child is having issues at school either with learning, behaviour or socially, or if you suspect your child is underachieving you may find a consultation helpful in providing you with information or in planning how to tackle the issue. If you have a very bright pre-schooler and would like to be able to plan effectively for them or if you need assistance with information about schools or what you should be negotiating for your child, then a consultation will be able to assist you with this too.

Is my child gifted?
If you have found this information, there is a very high chance that your child is in fact gifted. You will also find a number of checklists available that may help you with this questions but remember that all gifted children will not display all the characteristics you may find listed. Research tells us that parents are more likely to underestimate their child’s level of potential than they are to overestimate it. 

Do I need to have my child assessed before the consultation?
No you don’t have to have an IQ test before a consultation. Anecdotal and developmental information can provide a lot of very useful information, particularly with young children. Many parents do however seek help with education planning after their child has had an intellectual assessment. The IQ test does provide useful information not only about whether a child is gifted but, probably more importantly, how  gifted they might be. It can also provide information about strengths and weaknesses and some insight into other issues that may be affecting your child’s learning. The information can help to ensure recommendations actually aim high enough.

The problem is his/her behaviour. Shouldn’t we fix that first before we worry about the giftedness?
It is very likely that there is a link between behavioural issues and your child’s giftedness, possibly from lack of challenge or some learning problem that might not be immediately evident in the classroom. As much information as possible needs to be taken into account before recommendations can be made and a plan of action put in place but in my experience, the chances of success with focussing on just behaviour, just academics or just social concerns are generally slim. It is a bit like doing to the dietician with a weight problem but not telling them you are also diabetic……….

What is the process?
Developmental and anecdotal information along with information from any other professionals (psychologist, OT etc) you have will be reviewed prior to meeting with you. During the meeting we discuss what the information means and what educational options may be appropriate as well as things you can do at home. The meeting usually lasts 90 minutes to 2 hrs. Approximately 10 to 14 days after the consultation you will receive a comprehensive written report. This comprehensive report is specific to your child and will provide your with a lot of useful information to assist you with advocating for your child’s educational needs.

I live in the country . Can I still organise a consultation?
Derrin does travel to country centres at various times through the year, so please inquire if you are not in Perth. Consultations can also be held via phone or using Skype if you are not able to meet face to face.

How far ahead do I need to book an appointment?
 The wait is usually a couple of weeks for an appointment, sometimes longer at busy times of the year, particularly in the second half of 2nd and 4th term.

Phone or email Derrin for more information or to organise an appointment.

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PO Box 171 Como Western Australia 6952