In responding to a parent’s concern about a one size fits all type of programming for her fourth grade son in the Consultant’s Corner, I described two factors that influence services: identification and programming. In this column, I will further explain these two factors and provide some tips for parents on how to find information about the identification procedure and work with school districts to develop appropriate services for their child. … [Read more...] about Knowledge is Key: Advocating for your Gifted Child
When parents think of their children as gifted, they usually think of high IQ scores, high SATs, high ACTs, high grades, and the like. But research shows that there is much more to giftedness than the academic ability and achievement that U.S. society values. … [Read more...] about What Does It Mean to Be Gifted?
Editor's note: Julian C. Stanley, who died on August 12, 2005 at the age of 87, established the talent search model when he began the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY) at Johns Hopkins University in 1971. He found that grade-level tests did not provide enough information about the abilities of academically talented students. Stanley decided to give a large group of seventh-graders the Scholastic Aptitude Test (now the SAT Reasoning Test). Stanley found that the SAT, given as an … [Read more...] about An Interview with Julian C. Stanley
Our 15-year-old son, Tyler, was identified as highly gifted shortly before his fifth birthday. Since then he has attended both private and public schools in three different states. As parents, our biggest challenges have been selecting the right schools, ensuring proper placement, and obtaining needed support services for him. Tyler is now a well-rounded 10th-grade honor student and athlete. But we have faced obstacles along the way. … [Read more...] about Attaining Grade Advancement
Parents are usually the first to notice the exceptional qualities of their young gifted children. One five-year-old I know of surprised her mother by painting a large picture of the world with Africa, Asia, and North and South America all in correct relation to each other. The child pointed out a number of countries without having been taught geography. Before this, no one had ever thought of her as unusual in any way. … [Read more...] about Nurturing the Young Gifted Child
Duke TIP: IQ tests measure a wide range of cognitive abilities. Do nonverbal tests measure as wide a range of skills? … [Read more...] about Nonverbal Intelligence Tests