Eileen Escarce, PhD, MA, MSN
Clinical Developmental Psychologist
Gifted and Talented Children
Why test for Gifted Intellectual
Early identification of talented students is important. Children with exceptional academic abilities are significantly
different from most of their classmates in their pace of learning and intellectual interests. If educational intervention
does not take place at an early age, the child is missing out on valuable years of exciting learning. Furthermore, the recognition
and rewarding of academic talent in a child helps to build confidence, self-esteem, and a positive attitude toward learning.
An accurate assessment of specific strengths facilitates the development of an appropriate educational program that
is matched to the child’s level of ability to learn. Achieving a good match may necessitate flexible pacing, independent
study, accelerated learning classes, or cross-grade grouping for instruction in specific subjects.
How Should Gifted Children be Identified?
The single best method available for the identification of children with superior cognitive abilities is
a standardized, individually administered
test of intelligence, such as the Wechsler series, or the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale: Fifth Edition. A specific IQ level is currently the most adequate
index of giftedness. For example, a Full Scale IQ score of 133 or above, on the WPPSI-III for 4 to 7 year old children, is on or
above the 99th percentile for age. In addition to an individual test of intelligence, specific ability tests may be
important to determine children’s abilities in mathematics or language arts.
Talented children may have a diverse range of abilities, such as leadership, creativity,
and task commitment for which there are no reliable measures. In addition, art and music skills need different identification
procedures from cognitive testing. The most effective means of identification of giftedness combines the results from several
procedures, such as standardized IQ and achievement tests, parent and teacher reports, observation of a child’s behavior,
and review of a child’s creative work.
Preparing Your Child for Testing
testing is offered as an enjoyable and interesting learning experience with a supportive and encouraging examiner. Tell your
child he or she will play some word, puzzle, and block games with an adult professional. The information from
the session will provide parents with an understanding of their child's learning style and may help to determine the best
school program for the child. The goal is to see how the child works with easy, challenging, and unknown tasks.
Definition of Gifted and Talented Students
The United States federal definition of gifted and talented students:
The term 'gifted and talented'
when used in respect to students, children, or youth means [those who show] evidence of high performance capability, in areas
such as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who require services
or activities not ordinarily provided by the school, in order to fully develop such capabilities.
– P.L. 103–382,
Title XIV, p. 388
Eileen Escarce Ph.D., M.A., M.S.N. is a licensed clinical developmental
psychologist (PSY 18819), school psychologist and pediatric nurse practitioner. She received both a Ph.D. in Clinical Developmental
Psychology and M.A. in Human Development (School
Psychology) from Bryn Mawr College's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Her predoctoral APA
Clinical Child/Pediatric Psychology internship was at The University of Miami Medical School's Mailman Center for Child Development.
She also has an M.S.N. in Pediatrics from Yale University, and completed Special Studies in Psychology and Spanish at Stanford University
From 1987-1997 Eileen tested children at Bryn Mawr College’s Child Study Institute for local public and private
elementary schools admissions and gifted programs. As a certified school psychologist at the Episcopal Academy of Merion,
Pennsylvania (1991-1993), she provided admission IQ tests and classroom consultations for pre-kindergarten through grade 3 students.
Moving to Los Angeles in 1997, Eileen continued to assess children for the Community
Child Health Programs of Cedars Sinai Pediatrics in West Hollywood elementary schools (2000-2001), St. John’s Child
and Family Development Center’s Birth to Five Assessment and Treatment Programs (2001-2003), Frank D. Lanterman Regional
Center (assessing infants and school-aged children with suspected developmental delays, autism and Asperger's syndrome (2005-2009)),
LA County Department of Mental Health AB3632 Unit (assessing school-aged children with severe emotional disorders (2004-2006)),
and UCLA Family Commons (2010-11). She has been a mental health consultant for Family Services
of Santa Monica to SMMUSD's Head Start and State
Preschools (2009-2012), and to the Growing Place Infant and Child
Care settings (2010-present). As a community service, Eileen led the LA County Psychological Association's Child and Adolescent
Special Interest Group from 2006 to 2013.
In private practice, Eileen provides psychoeducational
and developmental assessments for children of different ages, including highly gifted applicants to the Mirman School, Stanford's
EPGY and Online High School, Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth programs, and Mensa.
She also provides preschool and school consultations,
family therapy and parent coaching for children who struggle in school.
Gifted Assessment Options
Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence-Third Edition (WPPSI-III)
(for 2 year 6 months through 7 years 3
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Fourth Edition (WISC-IV)
(for 6 years and older)
Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scales: Fifth Edition
How to Schedule Testing
Include your name, your child's name and date of birth and the date and time you wish to schedule a testing.
I will contact you via email with a confirmation.
1137 Second Street, Suite 204, Santa
Monica, CA 90403
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
What to Bring
The child will have an opportunity
for a snack break in the middle of the testing period (after 45 minutes). Parents should bring a bottle of water and
child's choice of fruit or granola bar.
and Written Feedback for Parents
Parents will be
given oral feedback of the scores and interpretation on the same day of testing, either in person or by phone.
A full written report, describing observations of your child's unique approach and style, scores, and recommendations,
is emailed as a pdf to the home. Parent's written consent is needed to send the report to the school (s).
Gifted Children with Learning Differences (aka Twice Exceptional)
School Consultation, and Family Coaching
Psycho-educational assessments are also provided
to gifted children with learning differences (e.g., ADHD, weak Working Memory, weak Processing Speed, weak Executive
Functions, Reading difficulties, or Math difficulties). These assessments may include school observations, consultations,
and recommendations for child and family interventions. Family coaching regarding managing weak executive functioning skills
is also offered.
Cogmed training is available, as an evidence-based program for helping children and adolescents improve attention
by training their working memory .'
Fees for Gifted (IQ) Testing September 2013-August 2014:
Children ages 4 y 0 mo - 6 y
WPPSI-III : Package includes testing, scoring, interpretation, and written report (1 or
3 page report) to home and one school
1 page report of scores only: $425
3 page full report with description of child's developmental history, test behaviors, subtests
and composites, interpretation and recommendations: $550
Children ages 6 y to 16 years
WISC-IV: Package includes testing, scoring, interpretation, written report (1 or 3 page
report) to home and one school
1 page report with scores only: $600
3-4 page report with description of child's developmental history, test behaviors, subtests and
composites, interpretation and recommendations:$750
Children under age 4: $200 per hour
Psycho-educational diagnostic assessment for
learning differences, ADHD: $200 per hour
for reports sent to more than one school: $10 per additional school
Additional fees for travel beyond
the office: $10 per mile from office, based on mapquest calculations
In-home testing is available
for an additional fee: (Weekdays $50, Weekends $100)
School Consultations and/or
Observations: $200 per hour
Family Coachings: $200 per hour
Cogmed training fee (on request)