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Highly, Exceptionally, and Profoundly Gifted
"More than 60 years ago one of the earliest researchers on the
cognitive and affective development of the gifted warned that extraordinarily
gifted students were children at risk. Subsequent research on the
psycho-social development of the exceptionally and profoundly gifted suggested
that the social development of these children is significantly more
accelerated than is implied by Terman and his colleagues." Miraca
Exceptionally Gifted Children
- The 10 most
commonly asked questions about highly gifted children by Kathi Kearney
- Who are the highly gifted? How many are there? How do I know??
These and many other questions answered...
by Davidson Institute for Talent Development
- While the main goal of advocacy is appropriate educational placement,
related goals include meeting the young person’s social, emotional, and
interest-based needs. An essential component of effective educational
advocacy is recognizing what you hope to achieve...
effects of acceleration on the social and emotional development of gifted
by Lynn Pollins
- The potential effects of acceleration on the social and emotional
development of gifted students were examined from two perspectives. No
study, regardless of its orientation on these dimensions, has demonstrated
any permanent or significant negative effects of acceleration on social and
emotional development. There is no validity to the argument that
acceleration is harmful to the social and emotional development of gifted
Gifted Children, 2nd edition
by Miraca Gross
- If you have an exceptionally gifted child, Read This Book! A
fascinating study of a small group of exceptionally gifted (IQ>160)
children, Gross follows these children over 20 years, and includes extensive
details about their interests, family background, progress through school,
and social and emotional as well as academic status. Gross shows that when
these children are not allowed to learn at an appropriate pace and level it
places them at serious risk. Also available from from
Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
and Profoundly Gifted Students: An Underserved Population
by Miraca Gross
- Our task as educators is to place the extremely, gifted
child in the environment that will least restrict her opportunities for
socialization. Research suggests that the inclusion classroom, with age
peers, may not be the most appropriate environment.
- Indecent Exposure
Does the Media Exploit Highly Gifted Children?
by Elizabeth Meckstroth and Kathi Kearney
- Whether the media exposure is accidental, or by
choice, families of highly gifted children must be careful, and aware of
their actions and responsibilities when dealing with the media and their
highly gifted children. Handy advice for all parents...
- Factors in the
Social Adjustment and Social Acceptability of Extremely Gifted Children
by Miraca Gross
- Whereas ability grouping with age-peers, or a
moderate degree of acceleration, may be an appropriate response to the
academic and social needs of moderately gifted students, they are not
adequate to the needs of the exceptionally and profoundly gifted. Extremely
gifted students require a carefully designed and monitored program of
radical acceleration, linked to ability grouping and individualized
"the saddest sound" to the D Major chord: The gift of accelerated
progression by Miraca Gross
- Although the academic acceleration of gifted and talented students is
probably the most comprehensively studied and evaluated of all educational
interventions, many teachers are reluctant to accelerate gifted students for
fear they will suffer social or emotional damage. Yet research suggests that
"the bird that's tethered to the ground" is at much greater risk of social
isolation and emotional maladjustment through inappropriate grade placement
Denied: How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Young Minds
by Jan and Bob
Davidson, with Laura Vanderkam
- The Davidsons, creators of educational software and founders of a
nonprofit foundation that helps educate gifted children, offer an absorbing
look at how our nation is neglecting children of exceptional intelligence. The
Davidsons make a compelling case for re-approaching giftedness as a potential
disability (to give more attention to gifted kids) and an even stronger
argument for parents, teachers and citizens to consider the potential loss to
American society in the costliest imaginable terms. For excerpts and
review, visit Genius Denied
||The number one resource for all kinds of information about
exceptionally and profoundly gifted children, from development to
education, identification to programs, special Interests, organizations,
and more... By the Davidson
Institute for Talent Development
January 11, 2013
- Gifted Kids at Risk:
by Pat Schuler, Creative Insights
- It is time to say clearly: bright kids are not better, yet they are
different; and because they are, they face different issues...
the Gifted Child: A Practical Source for Parents and Teachers
by James T. Webb, Elizabeth A. Meckstroth, Stephanie S. Tolan
- The classic text of this field
by Kathi Kearney
Understanding Our Gifted columns, from 1988 to 1990. Topics
include School Placement,
The Early College Option, Highly Gifted Children In Isolated Rural Areas, Advocating
for Highly Gifted Children, and many more...
with Profoundly Gifted Kids
by Kathryn Finn
- At the very least, parents of profoundly gifted children will need to
enrich the educational experiences their children receive from standard
schools. At the most, they assume responsibility for the whole learning
process... An excerpt from
IQ Kids: Collected Insights, Information, and Personal Stories from the Experts
Acceleration Scale Manual; A Guide for Whole-Grade Acceleration
by Susan G. Assouline, Nicholas Colangelo, Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik, Jonathan Lipscomb, Leslie Forstadt
- For schools or parents, the Iowa Acceleration Scale provides a systematic
and thorough approach to considering and implementing academic acceleration
for gifted and talented students in grades K-8; read
Hoagies' detailed review. Also
Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
Perspectives of Early College Entrance For Profoundly Gifted Children:
Readiness Issues and 1st College Class Options and Testing for Admittance and
Choosing Enrollment Options
by Beth Wright
- A comprehensive look at early college, from soup to nuts!
or "Sure Shelter"? Why gifted children prefer older friends..
by Miraca Gross
- A recent Australian study compared conceptions of friendship held by
average ability students, moderately gifted and highly gifted primary school
students. Average ability display age-appropriate development, associating
friendship with sharing of material goods, reciprocal assistance with common
play interests. Gifted children, however, display friendship expectations
which usually characterise children some years older, associating friendship
with trust, intimacy and the sharing of deep confidences. Highly gifted
children particularly seek fidelity, and friends who will accept them as they
are - the "sure shelter"
Radical Acceleration of Highly Gifted Children: An Annotated Bibliography of
by Miraca U.M. Gross and Helen E. vanVliet, a Templeton Foundation grant
- The first-ever annotated bibliography of international research on highly
gifted children who graduate from high school three or more years early.
Tidbits include "Educators who most actively supported acceleration were
those individuals who had received some training in gifted education. Those
who were most vocal in their opposition admitted to having no such
training," "In all studies the attitudes of students towards acceleration
were positive both in terms of their academic needs and their social and
emotional needs. Students in all three studies reported high levels of
satisfaction, academically and emotionally, when the curriculum was
challenging and provided them with options, and when they were allowed a
voice in its design and execution," and "The percentage of individuals
married was about the same for men in all groups, with a slightly higher
rate of marriage for highly accelerated men. Women who were members of the
highly accelerated group were less likely to marry. Separations and divorces
occurred less often among the highly accelerated subjects." (requires
acceleration and early entry to college: A review of the research
by Miraca U.M. Gross, in Gifted
- Research provides strong support for the use of thoughtfully planned and
monitored radical acceleration as a process allowing educators to respond to
the academic and affective needs of a significant subgroup of the gifted
population. These students earn higher GPAs, and they are more likely to
complete college on time or early, earn general and departmental honors,
make the dean's list, enter graduate school, engage in research, and embark
on prestigious careers. Research also documents positive outcomes for social
and emotional development...
poppies: Highly gifted children in the early years
by Miraca Gross
- Highly gifted children are frequently placed at risk in the early years of
school through misidentification, inappropriate grade-placement and a
seriously inadequate curriculum. Additional factors are their own early
awareness, that they differ from their age-peers, and their consequent
attempts to conceal their ability for peer acceptance...
is Highly Gifted? Exceptionally Gifted? Profoundly Gifted? And What Does It
by Carolyn K.
- The question is often asked, is my child highly gifted, or exceptionally
gifted, or profoundly gifted? What does his score mean? What does her level of
- What really determines a person's ability to take these things upon his-
or herself is that nebulous quality of maturity, not the strict, legally
defined quantity of age...
- Analogy Anthology: A Variety of Analogies for
- Many excellent analogies explaining gifted education...
- Asynchrony: Homeschooling an
Exceptionally Gifted Child
- Exceptionally gifted children are so different from their age mates, they
often do not fit in school situations...
genius set to become youngest-ever grad of Independent Study High School
program by Joe Duggan, Lincoln Star Journal
- Like any 10-year-old kid on the cusp of summer, Brandenn Bremmer can't
wait to seize the days. There are golf balls to hit. There are fish to
catch. There's tents to pitch and campfires to build. And there's robots to
program and Venus fly traps to propagate and Beethoven piano concertos to
polish. But first, there's a high school diploma to pick up.
Farm family adapts to raise boy who may
graduate high school in two years and
genius ready for bigger things. A sad ending:
Parents struggle with loss of 'child prodigy'
also by Joe Duggan. But a happy memorial, his original music,
What About the Prom? Students' Perceptions of Early College Entrance by Kathleen Noble
and Julie Drummond
- This study examined student perceptions of early college entrance,
focusing on the reasons students choose this unusual educational option; their
experiences with peers, regular-age students, and professors; and the effects
of skipping high school on their social, emotional, and intellectual
development (requires Adobe Reader)
- A Call for Understanding by
- I am concerned about the lack of understanding that highly and profoundly
gifted children get in the educational system
challenge of the highly gifted/special needs child by Meredith G. Warshaw
- The problem for twice-exceptional children ... is that they learn an even
more damaging lesson: that if they cannot do a task right away, they won't be
able to do it at all...
Highly Gifted Learners Barbara Gilman, Frances A. Karnes, and
Kristen R. Stephens
- Focuses on challenges to highly, exceptionally and profoundly gifted
learners. Assessment ceilings, educational strategies, parent advocacy
Through Awareness: A transformational tool for coping with being highly gifted
by Andy Mahoney
- Coping for a highly gifted person requires knowing oneself and
becoming more aware of what is truly involved with being highly gifted. Coping
is also a process that should allow one to contend better with his giftedness
throughout life. Yet coping poses many challenges and is not free of emotional
strife or tension... Coping through the stages of Awareness,
Acknowledgement, Appreciation and Acceptance
Minds by Jay Mathews (Washington Post)
- Niels, studying engineering at Rice, remembers his school days not as a
100-yard dash but a series of interesting choices that kept ennui at bay.
Niels sums up for his generation: "Being bored sucks."
highly gifted students by J. Hansen
- The principle reason for identifying highly gifted children is to help
them get a better education than they probably would get otherwise. Tests
designed for age-peers are powerless in yielding information to meet this end.
One effective method of discovering highly gifted students is by above-level
Discrimination against Excellence
by Kathi Kearney
- Education's Responsibility to The Highly Gifted: In Hippocrates's
words, "First, do no harm." School personnel must read the literature on
extreme giftedness, arid take the time to understand the individual child...
shares gifted lessons by Bridget Barry, Dallas Morning News
- The Carrollton-Farmers Branch school district
has what's believed to be the only program of its kind in the state to meet
the needs of its profoundly gifted students.
"Gifted students shouldn't be made to sit and
wait till everyone else in the class catches up to them," Ms. Charlebois
Populations of Gifted Children: Meeting Their Needs in the Regular Classroom
and Beyond by Starr Cline and Diane Schwartz
- Written to help classroom teachers identify and plan for gifted children
from special populations, including children with disabilities, minorities,
the learning disabled, preschoolers, the exceptionally gifted, gifted
females and underachievers
Research and Educational Policy: The Strange Case of Acceleration by James
- One of the clear differences between educational policy and educational
research data involves the date of entrance into school. There is no reason,
based on what we know about individual differences and individual growth
rates, why a single date, such as a birthday, should be chosen to determine
when a person will enter the educational system
Techniques for Teaching Highly Gifted Visual-Spatial Learners by Linda
- Great teaching strategies for your highly gifted visual-spatial learner...
Exceptionally Gifted Children: Different Minds by Deirdre V. Lovecky
- There are few descriptions in the literature of the cognitive processes of
exceptionally gifted children. This study, based on testing profiles, parents'
anecdotes, and observations from therapy sessions with moderately and
exceptionally gifted children delineates some of the characteristic modes of
thinking that differentiate exceptionally gifted children from their more
moderately gifted peers...
High Intelligence and Schooling by Ellen Winner
- Exceptionally intelligent children differ qualitatively from their peers
and often are socially isolated and underchallenged in the classroom.
Research on educational options for these children shows existing programs
to be effective. Little money is spent in the United States on education for
gifted children, and distribution of special programs varies widely...
(requires Adobe Reader)
for understanding the social-emotional needs of the highly gifted by Ellen
- Theoretical perspective for
shedding light on psychosocial correlates of gifts based on Dabrowski.
According to Dabrowski, the theory has two key facets: levels of emotional
development and overexcitabilities or areas of intensity that individuals may
Frequently Asked Questions About Extreme Intelligence in Very Young Children by Kathi Kearney
- Infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in the very highest ranges of
intelligence often demonstrate very specific characteristics. A recent
developmental study of 241 profoundly gifted children between 160 and 237+ IQ
(Stanford-Binet Form LM) found that...
May Be an Abnormality: Educating Students with Asperger's Syndrome, or High
Functioning Autism by Temple Grandin
- Intellectually gifted children are being denied opportunities because they
are being labeled either Asperger's or high functioning autism... It is
essential that talented children labeled either high functioning autism or
Asperger's be trained in fields such as computer programming, where they can
do intellectually satisfying work
and highly gifted students: how do they score on the SB5? (Identification
Discrepancies) by Shannon Pratt (subscription required)
- Despite attempts to develop a test useful for determining giftedness,
there were several early indications that the test was not operating in the
expected manner. The gifted sample included in the validity studies received
a mean Full Scale score of 123.7--over 6 points below the general standard
of 130 for gifted-program participants. In an additional study Riverside
documented that students performing at a prodigious level received a mean
score of 130, a score much lower than expected. In addition to the lower
means, it seems odd that a sample made up primarily of moderately gifted
students would only score 6 to 7 points below a sample in the profoundly
The view from within by Martha J. Morelock
- The different reality that marks giftedness... and how it plays out in
physical, emotional, and practical asynchronies
Prodigies, Some Evidence and Some Speculations by Lynn T. Goldsmith
- While the prodigy phenomenon has recently begun to receive attention, the
gifts and fates of girl prodigies have largely remained unnoted. This article
represents an effort to call attention to the existence of extraordinary
talent in young girls by collecting, for the first time, a number of cases of
girls' early prodigious achievements...
for Grade Advancement of Precocious Children by John F. Feldhusen, Theron
Proctor & Kathryn N. Black
- Practical guidelines for making grade advancement decisions... Grade
advancement is a legitimate and valuable method of meeting the needs of some
intellectually or academically gifted students. Grade advancement is a way of
bringing some gifted and talented children up to a level of instruction closer
to their levels of achievement and pace
Won Truths by Juliet
- Rules to live by, for parents of highly, exceptionally and profoundly
gifted children... Worth the time to read even if you don't think you have one
Helping Your Highly Gifted
Child (ERIC Digest #477) by Stephanie S. Tolan
- Areas of concern and practical suggestions based on the experience of
other parents and the research available...
IQ Kids: Collected Insights, Information, and Personal Stories from the Experts
edited by Kiesa Kay, Deborah Robson, Judy Fort Brenneman
- Profoundly gifted kids often get the least help in school. It’s assumed
they’re smart enough to succeed on their own, plus teachers (and parents)
feel out of their depth with these unique kids. A blend of personal stories
and practical strategies, scholarly articles and entertaining essays from a
community of voices—parents, educators, authors, researchers, and other
experts—this book addresses the joys and challenges of raising and
Highly Gifted Baby by Kathi Kearney
Information about highly gifted
infants is often scattered, retrospective, and anecdotal. We know relatively
little about highly gifted babies because, unlike developmentally delayed or
mentally handicapped children, gifted infants seldom have been studied...
- Highly Gifted Children at Home by Karen Morse
- Homeschooling is an option that can provide the highly gifted child with
an accelerated curriculum, flexible pacing, meaningful enrichment, substance
and depth in areas of strength and interest. Without an engaging and
stimulating learning experience, problems abound...
Gifted Children in Full Inclusion Classrooms by Kathi Kearney
Altamente Superdotados en Aulas de Integración de Kathi Kearney,
Traducción autorizada, 2004 by Isabel
- It is ironic that in an ideological environment which stresses "full
inclusion" in regular classrooms for children with severe disabilities, highly
gifted children are still being excluded in many ways...
Gifted: Discrimination Against Excellence by Kathi Kearney
- ...each time a highly gifted child is deliberately held back academically,
each time a school policy prohibits academic acceleration or continuous
progress, we need to ask, "What messages are we giving all children about
developing talents, about the value of academic achievement, and about
Highly Gifted and the Press by Kathi Kearney
- Extraordinary children receive extraordinary attention. Lots of questions
to consider if your highly gifted child is approached by the press...
Also read Indecent
Exposure: How Global Media Exploits the Gifted (PowerPoint), presented
for Global Awareness Division, NAGC, Charlotte NC, November 2006
Gifted Children by Kathi Kearney
- Homeschooling for highly gifted children is sometimes an option when
nothing else works out -when the school cuts the gifted program, eliminates
any ability grouping, refuses to allow acceleration, or is genuinely rigid in
its stance. However, just as often, homeschooling allows the ideal educational
program for a highly gifted child to unfold, by providing maximum
How to Handle a Hard-To-Handle Kid: A Parent's Guide to Understanding and
Changing Problem Behaviors by C. Drew Edwards
- Writing with authority and compassion, Edwards explains why some children
are especially challenging, for reasons from ADHD to profoundly gifted, then
spells out clear, specific strategies parents can use to address and correct
problem behaviors with firmness and love
- I never
wanted to be one of THOSE moms by Barbara Cooper
- I don’t want to sound like one of those horrible stage mothers – frankly,
I was in denial about all this. But my oldest daughter is a pretty special
child. I mean, ALL children are special but she’s special in a quantifiable
- And then there is The
Apology. Why do we feel we have to apologize for what our children
are, for what we are?
- I Noticed Your
Child... by Wenda Sheard
- A letter to a friend, whose child has caught your attention as potentially
highly, exceptionally or profoundly gifted...
Praise of Elitism by Jim Delisle, in
Gifted Child Today
- If being an elitist means that I still believe in a distinct quality of
giftedness that is the domain of the few, not the many; and if being an
elitist means that I believe gifted individuals need to be understood as the
complex intellectual and emotional beings that they are, ... then an elitist I shall be...
Exposure: How Global Media Exploits the Gifted NAGC presentation by Betty Meckstroth,
Kathi Kearney and Annemarie Roeper
- Why do parents talk to the media? Why do schools? What's the
history of the prodigy in the media? What are the dangers?
from SMPY's Greatest Former Child Prodigies: Drs. Terrence ("Terry") Tao and
Lenhard ("Lenny") Ng Reflect on Their Talent Development by Michelle C.
Muratori, Julian C. Stanley, Lenhard Ng, Jack Ng, Miraca U. M. Gross, Terence
Tao and Billy Tao (requires NAGC Gifted Child
- Although it would certainly be inappropriate to make sweeping
generalizations about the needs of academically talented students from the
two remarkable case studies presented above, the information gleaned from
the histories of, and interviews with, Dr. Terry Tao and Dr. Lenny Ng, and
the comments by their fathers, may be of assistance to educators of the
gifted and talented...
An Integral approach to the Social and Emotional Development of
the Profoundly Gifted by P. Susan Jackson, The Daimon Institute for the Highly Gifted
- Physiological development is necessary but not sufficient for cognitive
development, which is necessary but not sufficient for interpersonal
development, which is necessary but not sufficient for moral development,
which is necessary but not sufficient for ideas of the good. To
develop social and emotional capacities our PG children have a critical need
for role models, encouragement and modeling, information and meaningful
appropriate learning opportunities... (requires Adobe Reader)
intellectual and psychosocial nature of extreme giftedness by
Philip Powell and Tony Haden
- Comparing the differences of average, moderately
gifted and extremely gifted individuals has implications for educators,
parents, and psychologists...
Assessment of Exceptionally and Profoundly Gifted Children by John D. Wasserman, from
Ringing the Bell Curve: Saving and Surviving Amazing Kids (forthcoming)
- Exceptionally and profoundly gifted children... have been found to have
qualitatively and quantitatively unique cognitive characteristics that
differentiate them from intellectually gifted children performing at the
lower ranges of intellectually gifted ability... The SB L-M remains
unmatched in its breadth of procedures and is probably truer to the changing
nature of cognitive-intellectual abilities over development than any other
test subsequently published...
high-ability adventures: an interview with Miraca Gross from
- Miraca is a leading international authority on the
education of gifted and talented children, particularly in the areas of
ability grouping, acceleration, socio-affective development, and the highly
- An Interview with Stephanie
Tolan by Douglas Eby
- If I'm at a conference about highly gifted kids, the parents are there,
knowing their kids are so different, and yet when I say 'Where did this kid
come from?' they will say 'We have no idea.'
awareness in young highly gifted children: do the claims hold up? by
Catya von Karolyi (by subscription)
- If, conceptually, we consider issue understanding of greater relevance to
issue awareness than evaluation of issue importance, we can conclude that
the evidence provides support for the hypothesis that highly gifted children
show earlier issue awareness than do typical children. This awareness
appears to have emerged without highly gifted children having greater access
to information about issues in the home....
Deep in Paradise by Brett Butler (the comedian and actress, not the ball
- The whole story of a typical path of extremely gifted people who are
neither recognized nor served, with such brutal truth that one is amazed
anyone can tell such tales on oneself
In The Asynchronous Family
by Kathi Kearney
- From asynchrony within the gifted child to asynchrony in the family to
asynchrony in the larger society, from the "early empty nest"
syndrome to schooling and other bureaucracies, a great summary of life with
the gifted child!
And the follow up to the "Life with Max" article quoted in Kathi's article, More Life with Max by Patti Estes
Look Back at Educational Non-Acceleration: An International Tragedy by
- Many intellectually brilliant youths eager to proceed faster educationally
have been prevented from doing so by their parents, educators, or
psychologists. This brings to mind the horrible Greek legend about Procrustes,
who forced his guests to lie on a very long or a very short bed and fitted
them to it by stretching them if the bed was too long or by cutting off part
of their legs if the bed was too short. The age-in-grade lockstep is a
Procrustean solution endorsed by all but a few.
the Needs of Twice-Exceptional Children by Meredith G. Warshaw
- Many highly gifted children have other special needs – learning
disabilities, ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, sensory integration disorder, etc. This
can be very challenging, both in terms of identification, and in terms of
finding ways to address both the gifted and special needs sides of the child
- Musings on our report card by
- An IQ score this high is surely not a predictor of first grade success.
"You see, we don't think he's really all that smart. Those silly tests
- My Profoundly
Gifted Boys - Bundles of Contradictions by Miriam de Vries
- My 11-year-old boys (yes, twins, no, not identical, although you wouldn’t
know it to look at them!) are BOTH profoundly gifted, which at least gives
them someone similar to fight... errrrr... play with...
Official Home Page of the PG Cult
For a little laugh when you need one...
Are you a member?
Profoundly Gifted Kid's -- Now Grown Up -- Story by Deborah L. Ruf
- There are many different ways to raise and educate a profoundly gifted
child... There are important social and emotional issues to be considered
when guiding a family that has a profoundly gifted child... how we found the
academic fit that kept Charlie at least moderately challenged while giving
him the social opportunities we felt he needed...
and the gifted by Sharon Lind
- ...intensity, sensitivity and overexcitability are primary characteristics
of the highly gifted. These observations are supported by parents and teachers
who notice distinct behavioral and constitutional differences between highly
gifted children and their peers...
highly gifted children: The challenges, the joys, the unexpected surprises
by Kathi Kearney
- For families of highly gifted children, the practical consequence of this
situation is that the parents and children themselves often must use their own
resources to seek out information about extreme giftedness and its impact on
schooling and family life...
- Parents of the extraordinarily gifted
by Linda Silverman and Kathi Kearney
- Describes the impact of the
extraordinarily gifted child on family life and the specific issues these
- Perfectionism and the Highly
Gifted by Shaun Hately
- Suggestions for parents to avoid or alleviate the perfectionism and
depression often experienced by the highly gifted child, written by a highly
gifted young adult
Arts Instruction for Exceptionally and Profoundly Gifted Children by Beth
- What special considerations do parents and educators need to make when
planning performing arts instruction for exceptionally and profoundly gifted
(hereafter referred to as eg/pg) children? Such children are marked by
specific traits, about which parents and educators must be familiar in order
to properly accommodate this special population...
School and the Profoundly Gifted by CAS
- Then it happened. En route from one classroom to another, the Head
introduced me to a colleague in administration as a visiting potential parent
with a special needs child: “Mrs. S. has a son in 2nd grade who’s reading at
The mood of the tour changed abruptly. The colleague turned away and
positively sneered: “Oh? Who says?”
gifted guilt by Jim Delisle
- Parents of profoundly gifted
children often feel isolated in seeking solutions to these and other life
dilemmas. Each dilemma seems dire and life-changing (how else could you
describe the decision to allow a 10-year-old to begin taking college courses?)
and parents of profoundly gifted children often feel as if the wrong decision
will result in the most awful of consequences...
Robert by Rachel Waugh
- Recently my son won the weekly math competition at school. The question
was, “What place in the Fibonacci series does the seventh root of the number
1,522,435,234,375 hold?”* It’s the kind of question that makes most
grown-ups hyperventilate, but Robert, 6, did it on the bus that morning for
fun. Since that Friday was also pajama day, he received his prize (a book of
math puzzles) wearing his Curious George pj’s... With college
classes looming closer than puberty, we are facing some uncharted
at 8 Months? That Was Just the Start by Michael Winerip
- Alia, who is 13, and will earn her undergraduate degree from the State
University at Stony Brook this spring, has been stunning people for a long
time, beginning with her parents, who thought it odd when she started reading
words at 8 months old...
Genius by Benjamin Potter
- It’s a story almost worthy of Hollywood. In fact, similar tales have
been spun with typical West Coast dazzle, where gifted children often are
depicted as frail recluses, robot-like super-geeks or bumbling social misfits. Twelve-year-old Alex Brueggeman,
however, has a cheery disposition that lacks the drama of the silver screen.
Instead, he lives a well-balanced life that includes attending the University
of Memphis as a sophomore
for Students Who Are Highly or Profoundly Gifted (ERIC Fact Sheet)
- Quick summary for your spouse, school, or others... great resource list
for these terrific children!
- Should we tell them they're gifted? Should we
tell them how gifted? by Draper Kauffman
- There seems to be a consensus that gifted kids know they are gifted -
either because they observe it or because we put them in situations where it's
obvious. The next question seems to be ... do we let them know their IQ score?
Smartest Kid in America by Jim Delisle
- Recently, the Fox Television Network, in a bold and misbegotten attempt to
garner high ratings during the "sweeps month" of May, decided to
locate the smartest kid in America. Call it a pint-sized version of
"Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?"
- Stuck in
Another Dimension: The Exceptionally Gifted Child in School by Stephanie
- For six years I have tried to educate an exceptionally gifted child in a
school system not designed to handle him
and gifted children by Patricia A. Schuler
- Many gifted children and adolescents are targets of teasing and bullying.
Some of their peers and teachers may perceive them as "too verbal", "too
bossy", "too smart," "too nerdy." Because gifted children and adolescents tend
to be highly sensitive to others, their reactions to being teased are
- Testing and Measurement of Highly Gifted Children
- To My
Teacher by Shaun
- I didn't ask for it. This mind that seems to so repulse you.
It's not my fault I'm different in a way you cannot stand.
I cannot understand why a man like you could fear me.
But fear is what I see in you - it's either that or hate.
1 in 10,000: A 10-Year Follow-Up of the Profoundly Gifted by David
Lubinski, Rose Mary Webb, Martha J. Morelock, and Camilla P. Benbow
- Adolescents identified before the age of 13... as having exceptional
mathematical or verbal reasoning abilities (top 1 in 10,000) were tracked
over 10 years. They pursued doctoral degrees at rates 50 times
base-rate expectations, with several participants having created noteworthy
literary, scientific, or technical products by their early 20s. This
special population strongly preferred educational opportunities tailored to
their precocious rate of learning... (requires Adobe)
and Encouraging the Exceptionally Gifted by Bruce E. Kline and Elizabeth
- In this article, five facets of critical development are highlighted: (a)
interpersonal relationships; (b) acknowledgement of uniqueness; (c) school
adjustment; (d) creative self-expressions; and (e) user-friendly environment.
In each area, several interventive strategies are suggested...
of Highly Gifted Children by Wendy Roedell
- This article examines the unique vulnerabilities of children with
extraordinarily advanced intellectual skills, and highlights the differences
between highly gifted and moderately gifted children...
- What We've
Learned About Gifted Children
- Linda Silverman's summary of
17 now 23! years of observations, including
"There are way more profoundly gifted children in the population than
anyone realizes," "Mildly, moderately, highly and profoundly
gifted children are as different from each other as mildly, moderately,
severely and profoundly retarded children are from each other, but the
differences among levels of giftedness are rarely recognized,"
and "Brothers and sisters are usually within 5 or 10 points in measured
What the Experts
Tell Us about Extreme Intelligence by The Davidson Institute for Talent
- about the Early Years, about Race, Gender, and Family, about Behavior and
Conduct, about Vulnerabilities, and lots more...
Is Homeschooling Right For You and Your Highly Gifted Child? by Karen Morse
- In a classroom of 25 to 30 children it is hard for even the best teachers
to meet the individual needs of every child. The highly gifted children in our
country are the only group of children who receive no federal mandate for a
free and appropriate education. Full inclusion classes are the norm in our
country rather than the exception, but the diversity and variance of abilities
in a regular inclusion classroom is gaping for the child who needs rapid
acceleration and engaging material...
- WISC-III and/or WPPSI-R vs. SB L-M Scores
collected by Carolyn K.
- This new table of over 50 students shows that... no conclusions can easily
be drawn from WISC-III or WPPSI-R subtests ceilings to indicate how MUCH
higher a child will score on the SB form L-M, but they nearly all DO score
collecting data points for a new table: Data
Collection: Old and New IQ Test Score Pairs comparing WISC-III and SB-IV
scores to the newest versions, WISC-IV and SB-5 scores...
by Roberta Staley
- According to experts, gifted children are not 'normal' and should not be
treated as such. Their intellectual needs are as great and demanding as the
specialized needs of a disabled child. They shouldn't be in a regular
classroom and simply handed extra work, or held up as role models to kids of
more moderate intellect. Nor should they be treated as freaks of nature...
Kids: Where Are They Today? by Melissa Hendricks
- Preliminary results of a 20-year follow-up indicate that most have been
successful. Many achieved advanced degrees. Many rose to outstanding careers
at an early age
+ Brilliant, Blessed + Cursed by Patti Hartigan,
The Boston Globe
- They are barely into their teens, yet they are declared the next Mozart or
even a modern Messiah. But child prodigies are often both misunderstood and
openly ostracized, and, as adults, they struggle under the burden of their
Mr. Smith Goes to College by Jennifer Lenhart (Washington Post)
- It was the first day of the fall semester at Randolph-Macon, and Greg, a
10-year-old who only three years ago started second grade, was eager to
begin his freshman year