Just after some advice. I am debating whether to have my son (7) assessed for giftedness. His teacher strongly suggests it as she thinks it will provide the teachers insight into his learning style and strengths/weaknesses. He is currently performing very well academically, so there are no issues there. However, he does have some negative behaviours, which the teacher believes are due to the giftedness i.e. perfectionism, emotional responses to social injustices etc. There is also a mild issue with auditory instructions - the teacher does not know if this is a mild disability or a weakness due to a more visual style of learning. He does not have problems with auditory instructions at home.
I have spoken to an educational consultant, following a referral from the school. She thinks that my son sounds gifted (hasn't met with him yet though) and didn't seem to think that IQ testing was warranted as it "would only confirm what you already know" and that it would be draining on a young child. Instead, she has suggested that he speak to a cognitive/behavioural psychologist who would be able to provide coping strategies for my son in terms of perfectionism, any anxiety etc.
I am leaning towards having the IQ assessment done, although it would be through the school as I can't afford a private one. It wouldn't be for quite some time though as I was told that as he is doing well academically, it is low priority.
Has anyone had a similar experience? Did you go ahead with the IQ assessment? Was it beneficial?