IQ TESTS FOR BABIES?

Danielle Elizabeth - posted on 05/09/2013 ( 21 moms have responded )

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Hi , I was wondering if there is any way to tests a toddlers IQ. My daughter is 15 months old and is speaking a few short sentences and speaks 45 words. It seems she picks up a new word or two every day in the last month, and I'll only have to say something to her once and she will amaze me by pointing to the object and repeating the word days later. I feel she's really advanced and that I'll be struggling to keep up with her intectually one day! I'd like to do everything I can to foster her natural abilities so is there any good tips to keep her growing mentally and to test to see what her IQ is?

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Melissa - posted on 01/27/2014

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Miles stones are yur IQ tests, you will find these links helpful as well, I know i did. My son is showing signs of being gifted, he's 5-1/2months old and has reached most mile stones that most children don't reach until 9 months, if I multiply his age by 1.5, I know that's where he'll be at for his milestones, he's been like that since day one. On the down side, he hardly sleeps except at night and he always seems fussy, we found he just gets bored easy and needs constant cognitive stimulation. My brother was near the same and due to lack of recognition (other than by his family) of being gifted, he was treated like all other students, was extemely bored from lack of stimuli and dropped out of school! Do your best to support your childs gifts and talents, talk to your healthcare provider and let them know you'd like there help in keeping track of your childs cognitive abilities, or ask where you can get that sort of support. Some of these moms are right though, just because he/she shows signs of being gifted doesn't mean he/she is a genius, but it never hurts to go that extra mile to help your children, gifted or not, I am still very proud of my son.
BTW to those moms saying there kids read by 4, 4 is good but reading by 3 is gifted, by 8 you should be able to tell if your child is gifted cognitively, if my son is considered gifted still at that age I want him in a special school that will nurture his gift properly, instead of placing him below his level, labelling him a troublemaker and having him drop out of school, wouldn't you all want that for your children?

Jodi - posted on 05/10/2013

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Okay, in addition to saying that there are no IQ tests for infants (until the age of 3), I am going to take a different tact here.

IQ tests, while they are the closest we can come to measuring intelligence, fail to actually measure true "intelligence" for various reasons.

Firstly, it fails to measure emotional and creative intelligence, and these two intelligences are very important to overall "intelligence". To base someone's intelligence on an IQ test alone is fundamentally flawed.

Secondly, IQ tests are socially and culturally biased, so their accuracy is questionable.

I have never had an IQ test in my life. I have never tested my children. It really isn't necessary in order to develop your children to their fullest potential. Personally, I don't believe in using IQ tests as a means of determining the capabilities of your child.

Let's say your child ended up with an IQ of 97......would you deem that child less capable than a child with an IQ of 115? Or would you see it that perhaps your child has been brought up in a different social setting? Or would you see it that maybe there is a zone of proximal development that you need to work with? IQ test results change over time. It really would mean nothing at this age unless you were trying to get her into a school of gifted and talented children where they required her IQ to be in the 98th percentile or something similar.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 05/10/2013

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She's 15 months old.

The best thing that you can do now to foster her natural abilities is to continue to interact with her as you have started.

I hate to burst your bubble, honey, but my sons were both "advanced" at that age as well. All toddlers have the ability to learn at well above their age level. They are little sponges, and will absorb anything and everything presented to them.

But, if you really want to assign a number to your child, by all means, your pediatrician is the place to start. Keep in mind that you are speaking of a 15 month old baby, and an actual IQ test may have not been developed for that age group.

Oh, and one more thing: ALL children have special abilities of one sort or another. Yes, as the parent it's our job to nurture that, but compartmentalizing them by assigning a number to their intelligence level is more detrimental than it is good at this age.

Dove - posted on 05/10/2013

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I'm not trying to get snotty with you and I'm not trying to be rude. My kids were all reading under 4 years old... again, so what? Learning to do things earlier than someone else is not what gives kids a leg up in life. Enjoying what they learn and desiring to learn more is the key..... Which is why I suggested you take your child's lead and go ahead and try and teach her whatever you want to teach her. IQ literally is just a number.... and typically those with higher IQ's have more emotional/social struggles. If I had my kids' IQ's tested and they were extraordinarily high.... I'd actually have MORE concerns for their well being vs. just watching them grow and learn and knowing they are smart and fostering that while not caring if they are 'genius' status, but just loving and nurturing them as they grow.

If you want the number... ask the ped about testing since I have no idea if they even CAN test a toddler or how they would go about it. Otherwise.... just focus on your kid and not worry/think about the number at this point.

Dove - posted on 05/09/2013

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My IQ at 11 years old was over 130... so what?

I'm not trying to be rude, but your post sounds to me like you want her IQ number to give you bragging rights or something.... It REALLY doesn't matter.

Babies/kids are sponges and they absolutely do know more than a lot of people give them credit for, but you can know that just by watching her and interacting with her. Just play and have fun with her and try teaching her whatever you want to... take her lead and don't push it and she will do great.

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Taha - posted on 05/31/2014

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I'm a guy with a high IQ. How and where can I nurture it. Allows me to help him to flourish.
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Melissa - posted on 01/27/2014

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http://webcenters.netscape.compuserve.co...

http://giftedkids.about.com/od/younggift...

There's no official IQ test, but you will find these helpful, I know I did. For all you synics, from day one if you took my sons age and multiplied it by 1.5 that was the level he has always been at for all his mile stones. My son can speak 6 words and when i pick up the phone to call his father he says "call dada", he sits up on his own, loves to stand supported and is near to crawling, my son is 5 and a half months old. The difficulty with gifted children is it seems like they never sleep and are always fussing, they get bored easy and need constant cognitive stimulation more so than the average infant, my brother was near the same and as smart as he is, he dropped out of high school because he was so bored and the school didn't recognize his need for advanced placement. Yes every child is special, but gifted children need a special care and attention to nurture there cognitive abilities, if gone unrecognised these gifted kids can end up dropping out of school due to shear bordom instead of going on to university and getting a phd, luckily my brother found a trade where he always seems to be learning and in which he is quite talented, but that's not always the case. If you feel your child is exceding some milestones and is advanced over other infants/toddlers his/her age, talk to your healthcare provider and do your best to help support his/her learning needs.
BTW, reading at 4 is good, but reading by 3 is gifted.

Danielle Elizabeth - posted on 05/10/2013

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Your a nice lady and it seems like a good mommy. Thank you for your advice. I worry myself crazy sometimes in terms of trying do the right things , but it seems the " right things" come naturally if I just calm down and listen to my daughters cues

Jodi - posted on 05/10/2013

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She is more interested in eating the flash cards, because at her age, she is exploring ALL of her senses, and this satisfies her curiosity. If you want good learning methods in addition to reading TO her (as opposed to getting her to read), focus on all of her senses. Touch is important too (and yes, this includes the things she puts in her mouth, so be aware this, too, is a learning experience). Allow her to explore her environment. This is the BEST learning tool. And don't just talk to her like and adult. Talk to her in vocabulary she can understand too. When she tells you something, you can repeat back to her. eg. Ma 'ant mik, you can repeat back "Yes, mummy can get you some milk". Make it a positive reinforcement of her efforts to communicate. As you do ANYTHING, as she follows you around the house, chat to her about what you are doing, keep a commentary going. This is how they learn.

Danielle Elizabeth - posted on 05/10/2013

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Thanks Jodi , I never looked into exactly What an Iq test actually tested . I did some research today and didn't think the test could show me anything that I can't see by just observing my daughter. I thought it was more rounded of a test but it doesn't include the creative and emotional intelligence like you have stated. I still am wondering if anyone has any good learning methods? I read to her tons , I've tried flash cards but she was more interested in eating them lol, and I try to talk to her like an adult but am I missing some good tools to keep her little mind expanding?

Dove - posted on 05/10/2013

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Well you haven't ignored me yet. lol ;)

The first two posts you received let you know that the IQ testing would be unnecessary and to just take her lead and go ahead and teach her anything she wants to learn.

I didn't assume anything... I said what your post sounded like... which is how you came off to me. If you don't want to take responsibility for how 'I' perceived your posting.... how is that any different than you wanting me to take responsibility for how you are perceiving my posting?

I honestly am trying to help you here. I'm sorry I am not portraying my intentions properly. Relax and have fun with your baby... that IS the best thing you can do... for both of you. You have been skipping over THAT advice and just picking apart the rest... which is what I am forming my opinion of your posting off of here.

Danielle Elizabeth - posted on 05/10/2013

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I never insisted I wanted the iq test , I explained why I was thinking about doing it as an option bc I felt put down and I was being told I was doing it for other reasons then were my actual intentions. This is getting way off topic though ; bottom line is people won't always agree but there is a way to say it without making the other person feel offended and assuming someone is self motivated and wants bragging rights is offensive. I've learned people ignore you if you come at them negatively , so if we ever want people to honestly listen to our opinions we need to not be confrontational

Dove - posted on 05/10/2013

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You got answers on what to do and you 'argued' about it.... 'insisting' on wanting the IQ testing.

Danielle Elizabeth - posted on 05/10/2013

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It doesn't burst my bubble in the least to hear other children who developed the same as my kid, it's not a competition ladies and I'm not acting like she's the next intectually genius lol I'm just merely trying to do what's best. If there isn't a valid test or if it could really harm her then help her then that's why I asked! To hear other moms opinions about the subject. It's easy to say " an iq test is not the best idea for a young child" so I don't understand why people are so negative in their responses. I'm a first time mom trying to do what's right for her kid and in no way I'm I trying to compare or say another child can not be Just as intelligent and speak zero words at her age. I don't see why you'd think hearing your kids were doing the same things would burst my bubble , That makes happy for your little ones. There is so much negativity on this site . Most people post on here bc none of us have all the answers and were looking to hear some positive advice to things were unsure of

Dove - posted on 05/10/2013

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Then take my first advice and you WILL be doing great. Honestly... take HER lead and don't worry about anything in the future right now. You sound like you already are doing just fine. ♥

Danielle Elizabeth - posted on 05/10/2013

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When I was young I was an exceptional soccer player and when I hit my teen years all of. Sudden soccer wasn't so important compared to boys , friends , make up and my parents just let me give up on it and I really wish they would have pushed me bc I was too young and dumb to realize I was making a mistake . I have no desire to test for the wrong reasons ; I Just don't want to follow in my parents footsteps by not doing everything I can to help my kid achieve her potential with her God given talents . Her Ped told me I have an exceptional child and to make sure I " challenge" her , and it made me freak out a little and hope I was doing everything I could to help her. Her dr compared it to a situation where if a 3rd grader was advanced they will get bored and stagnate with 3rd grade material , so I started thinking if I didn't find some way to " challenge" her I wouldn't be doing a good job as her mom. People do things for a lot deeper reasons then the obvious and I honestly have no desire for anything then to give my kid the best chance at life Just like the rest of us moms.

Dove - posted on 05/10/2013

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Well then go tell her pediatrician you want to get her IQ tested and see what they tell you.

Danielle Elizabeth - posted on 05/10/2013

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No I don't care about " bragging right " at all actually . I Just want to know Whst my kid is capable of . If your kid is given a special ability then it's our job as parents to foster those abilities and help the child reach their potential which is all I want for my kids. It's funny how sometimes people will get snooty when you mention how your child is doing well with something. My kid didn't walk til 14 months but I certainly wouldn't tell an excited mom who's child walked at 5 months that they just wanted to " brag" . Albert Einstein didn't talk until somewhere around 5 years old, so obviously I'm not saying speaking early either makes or breaks a child intectually . Im. Proud of the hard work I put into my daughter to help her reach the point that she's at , and my baby speaks for me I don't have to brag!

Danielle Elizabeth - posted on 05/09/2013

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Thanks , I think I was more interested in her iq for my own information. It wouldn't matter to her of course but it would be interesting to know and maybe I can challenge her mentally if I really had a good idea of What she can really handle . I think babies know way more then most people give them credit for and it would be fun if there was a way to test just how much they are picking up even if they can't vocalize it.

Sarah - posted on 05/09/2013

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I agree with Dove. At 15 months there is a WIDE variety of "normal" and personally I would say your daughter sounds like a normal baby. She sounds very much like how my daughter was at 15 months. Enjoy watching her grow and develop and let her be little. I am not a "flashcard" mom. I don't do the "your baby can read" stuff. We live our life and teaching is through our daily experiences. We talk to our kids from day one. When we are on walks we point out colors, animals and their sounds, shapes, etc. But we also have fun just running and playing. I have a daughter that was reading by time she was 4 yrs old....this was reading books we had not read to her before. I have never done an IQ test on her. You can see their natural abilities just by watching them grow. If they know how to do one thing then you move onto the next thing and teach them that. It is also important to develop a well rounded child. Academics are important, but if you don't have the social skills then you are one lonely person. In every child there are going to be their strengths and their challanges. You want them to grow in both areas. Sometimes it is where they struggle that needs more attention then the area where they achieve at.

Bottom line is that she is 15 months old and at that age their brain is developing at such a fast rate and is still not fully developed that it is impossible to do an IQ test on. What they don't know one day might be mastered the next. Keep talking, singing and playing with her, but also just sit back and enjoy watching her grow at whatever rate she grows at.......we are only little for such a short time.

Dove - posted on 05/09/2013

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She is 15 months old... still a BABY. The best things you can do for her are read, play, talk, and sing. IQ is just a number and at her age would pretty much mean nothing. Let her be a baby/toddler and just take her lead on what she wants to learn.

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