If you have been a reader of my blog for a long time, you certainly read some of my posts about my fast-learner child. How is my fast-learner child?
I cried a river reminiscing what I’ve been through parenting my fast-learner child. He is an ordinary child with extraordinary intelligence and sensitive behavior. Because of his emotional sensitivity at things and at how he overviews a thing or event, some people judge at his behavior. The most painful part of it is when you as a parent have been judged on how you raise your child.
I’ve been at tough times with my fast-learner son. He is studying in a traditional school. No matter how the school market their way of teaching “Brain Focus”, the international standard, or anything scientific educational system method, still most schools here in the Philippines falls to a traditional system. Some just have special programs if you will be paying extra fees to them based on the needs of your child. Students and parents are just lucky if they will encounter a school or seasoned teachers who are devoted to helping a student’s learning phase and values formation mentoring at no extra cost.
Due to a couple of unpleasant behavior in school, we have been called out several times. What is wrong with my child? School these days is way different from it is before. So to address those issues, we’ve done our part. Tried different parenting styles, attended different parenting seminars, and still, we have some issues.
We’ve done also to Applied Behavior Analyst with their programs just to prove we are serious about helping our son. They told us that my son has a good behavior with the assessment. So even with the good assessment, I enrolled my son with their program to show something to my son’s school that we are doing our best asking professional help for behavioral coaching. When my son is speaking with professionals – doctors, pediatricians, analysts, they did not find something wrong with him. They just said my son is an intelligent child. Since the school insisted on a professional evaluation for my son like the developmental pedia, even if the pediatricians and doctors said that there’s no need for my son to go through the Developmental Pedia, still we pursue it to show at how dedicated we are as parents in raising our son and to also get a certification from a professional for the evaluation.
For the Developmental Pediatrician, we seek the professional help of Dr. Francisco Dimalanta of St. Lukes Bonifacio Global City. It took us six months to get a schedule for the assessment. On the assessment day, we’ve answered a questionnaire related to my son. We spent almost two hours for them to evaluate my son and the doctor spoke with us about the results. All findings say age-appropriate. The remarkable results in comprehension level are at grade 10 level. My son is only in grade 5 level and age 10 during that time.
I showed these results to the school in our year 2 with them. Since year 1 in their school from the time we transferred is for my son exploring with their new school environment and system. There is a follow-up questionnaire that the developmental pedia forwarded to the school and I returned it to the developmental pedia. We’ve counted several weeks and months passed by for the reply from the dev ped for the documents we submitted but no reply for that since the dev ped has preoccupied engagements during that time. We are just looking forward to the next schedule for the second evaluation that is scheduled in more than six months apart from the first one. It is quite long so the school referred us to their preferred partner with Psychoeducational evaluation – Child Find. We got a schedule right away and proceeded with the date.
The highlights we got from the Psychoeducational evaluation were the result in the Intelligence area where he scores at grade 10 level while other areas at an appropriate level. The great thing about Psychoeducational Evaluation is the Intervention and teaching guidelines they have provided based on the results. Also, the focus of my son is not an issue reading from the comments of the evaluator in the evaluation and from what transpired during the conference. With academics, my son needs an extra program for more interesting lessons, teaching techniques, and enrichment tools for his level of intelligence. A behavior coach or mentor is also recommended to address the behavior issues the teachers are saying about my son.
MY TAKE AS A MOTHER OF AN INTELLIGENT CHILD
I now claim that I am a mother of an intelligent child. I haven’t tested him for giftedness but in the meantime, we are ok with the findings that he has an intelligent brain, a gift from God.
We continue to nurture him. Doing our best efforts that he will be able to reach his dream of becoming a Chemist. I always tell him to be of service and glory of God.
At homeschool, his intelligent mind continues. We’ve been trying different things. My son is a person whom we can rely on for help in solving mind wondering issues. Letting him on the computer, he has done several things or making his system on the windows computer.
I pray to God that may He shower us more guidance in raising my extraordinary intelligent son or should I say, my genius child.
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