November 25th, 2010

What is your advice about warming up a shy child who has to be tested or interviewed for private school?

Your question touches on a truly complex issue in the social realm. We regularly use terms that seem clear and simple—concepts that we are sure we understand. But if you have to pinpoint exactly what the terms mean, the concepts resist definition. Try, for example, getting five people to agree on the meaning of words […]

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November 25th, 2010

At what age should I begin teaching my child sight words? When should I start trying to teach my child to read? Should parents do this or should we wait for school to start?

This is an excellent question—or rather an excellent set of questions. I will address each one—but they are best answered in reverse order. So let’s start with the question as to whether parents should initiate the teaching of reading or wait for the schools to do it.  The answer here rests with a statistic that […]

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November 25th, 2010

How do scores between the Stanford-Binet®, OLSAT®, and WPPSI®-III correlate? If we know a child’s Stanford-Binet® score, does that indicate how they will score on one of the other tests?

Correlations involve some complicated issues. For a start, correlation coefficients, which can range from -1.0 to +1.0, are arrived at through group data. In other words, a group of children might be given two different IQ tests and the correlation would reflect how consistent the scores tended to be from one test to the other for the […]

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November 25th, 2010

My 3.5 year old is bilingual, with English spoken at school, not at home. How do I evaluate his language skills to see whether he can do well on the OLSAT® in English? What I can I do to enhance his skills? Is there research on whether being bilingual presents a disadvantage for children being tested?

Let’s start with the easy question first—the role of bilingualism in language development. There is research on the question you have posed. It indicates that if a child has language problems (such as articulation problems, auditory discrimination difficulties, etc.), then bilingualism is an added burden. However, if there are no such problems, bilingualism is actually […]

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