All Things Gifted

Autism –vs- Giftedness: A Neurobiological Perspective

Each one of my students holds a special place in my heart – ten years, thousands of students and parents – it’s been a long journey towards understanding in an effort to provide the resources that these children need so desperately.  Yet, it’s been those profoundly gifted students who present with social and communicative inadequacies …

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ADD, ADHD, Neuro-stimulants, and the Gifted Brain

It’s almost immediately identifiable – the moment a child is put on neurostimulants or, as I like to call them, neurological restraints.  Their eyes glaze over, the sparkle in their eyes that once gave them passion now muted.  Their response and engagement with their surroundings is now sluggish.  It’s as if all their color has …

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Anxiety and the Gifted Brain

Thump….Thump….Thump…Thump.Thump.Thump.  I can hear my heart pounding.  I can HEAR it.  Can anyone else hear it?  The world around me starts to blur.  My thoughts are screaming in my head, but they’re breaking up.  A single thought repeats itself incessantly.  A million more pile on.  Some are only snippets.  Some are entire narratives.  I’m having …

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Understanding Your Child’s WISC-V Scores

The Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children – Fifth Edition, or WISC-V, is an individually administered intelligence test, or IQ test, designed for children between the ages of 6 and 16. In total, the test only takes about an hour to administer; however, children may take the WISC-V as a part of a more comprehensive neuro-psychological evaluation which may take several hours.

Stanford Binet

Understanding Your Child’s Stanford Binet Scores

The Stanford-Binet is an individually administered adaptive intelligence test. While the WISC-V is now the most commonly administered IQ test for children, the Stanford-Binet has been around the longest. It measures five weighted factors in both verbal and nonverbal abilities. The five factors are: knowledge, quantitative reasoning, visual-spatial processing, working memory, and fluid reasoning.