Category Archives: Identifying Gifted Children

What’s Calling my Gifted Child the Loudest? Part Five: Following the Clues

In 1998 and 1999 we had our children IQ tested at the Gifted Development Center in Denver, Colorado. At the post-test conference, Dr. Linda Silverman advised us to let Annette and Lewis take the lead in their learning. I didn’t … Continue reading

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What’s Calling My Gifted Child the Loudest? Part Four: Achieving Balance

After my six-year-old son Lewis told me that woodworking was calling to him more loudly than cello playing, my husband began teaching him basic carpentry. He thrived under this instruction and was soon able to pay attention to other things. … Continue reading

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Is My Child Gifted? Part Five: Uneven development

A primary indicator of high ability is the non-linear path to learning. It’s common for a young math whiz to want to explore Geometry before mastering the times table, or for a young musician to try pieces that are much … Continue reading

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Is My Child Gifted? Part Four: Complex Thinking

If your child gets lost in his head, causing inattention in school and then bad grades, this may be a better indicator of giftedness than more obvious signs. Complex thinking is common among gifted children, and it can become a … Continue reading

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Is My Child Gifted? Part Three: Stubbornness

Character traits, as we have seen, indicate giftedness as much as, or possibly more than, good grades, academic acceleration, or any of the more obvious clues. A primary indicator is stubbornness. It isn’t just that a gifted child can stick … Continue reading

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Is My Child Gifted? Part Two: Arguing

Aside from the more obvious manifestations of giftedness, such as high ability in one or more areas, character traits are an excellent guide. For example, the argumentative child almost certainly has a high IQ. The advanced thinking that goes along … Continue reading

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