David Palmer, Ph.D., Psychologist, Laguna Beach, Ca.
Specializing in GATE Assessment and IQ Testing for Educational Planning - Preschool and Up
Phone: Orange County 949 892 9805 LA County 562 743 9520
Many bright or gifted kids can do well in a good public or private school system. But some need more in order to stay engaged and challenged - and to be able to connect with others who share similar interests and traits.
Private testing is often the best place to start when considering options.
Parents often seek an IQ test in order to get an objective view of their child's learning needs so they can make informed decisions.
I am a licensed educational psychologist who has administered hundreds of IQ tests to children of all ability levels and helped many families find the right educational program for their child. I offer expert assessment and specific advice regarding educational options.
How is my practice different?
I am a recognized specialist in IQ testing and interpretation - my book on the subject has helped thousands of parents understand the testing process and find the right school program for their children
I use the most recent and widely recognized tests available
I am able to accurately assess those at the upper extremes of the IQ range
Some IQ specialists charge $1200 or more for an assessment. Others charge separate hourly fees of 180 dollars or more for assessment, scoring, interpretation, report writing, and consultation. I charge a reasonable flat rate of $450
This fee includes:
The (approximately 2 hour) assessment
Follow up scoring, interpretation, and delivery of a customized confidential written follow up report with specificrecommendations for educational programming
A follow-up email or phone consultation if requested by the parent
My office is conveniently located in the heart of Laguna Beach, California - a great day trip and a short walk to the ocean and downtown
Weekend appointments available
Out of state appointments welcome
IQ testing can give parents the information they need to:
Identify a child who may be overlooked by a school’s gifted program screening process due to social, learning, or personality traits, which may be related to intellectual giftedness
Many gifted kids do not do well on the group IQ tests that districts often administer as part of the screening process.
Individually administered comprehensive IQ tests offer more in-depth, valid, and useful information than do group tests. Most districts will consider a privately administered IQ test as part of the selection process for gifted programs.
Help with educational planning
Many gifted kids need educational enrichment programs in order to stay challenged and engaged during the school years. An IQ test can help parents better understand or anticipate their child's learning needs and begin exploring options. In my assessment report I offer practical and specific recommendations based on score results
Satisfy the admissions requirements for a private school program
Better understand their child's learning ability and cognitive style
Help understand their child’s unique behavioral or social traits
Characteristics of giftedness can sometimes be misinterpreted as signs of ADHD, a behavioral or emotional disorder, or even a form of autism. Although gifted children can certainly have these conditions, differentiating between gifted behaviors and the traits associated with such disorders can be tricky. The more information you and others have about your child's development, the better position you are in to identify the underlying causes behind any unusual behaviors.
Contact: Contact me by email at email@example.com (preferred) or by phone at (949) 892 9805 or (562) 743 9520 for more information or to arrange an appointment. I will respond via email or phone, usually within one day. I am currently booking weekend appointments.
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