Are Gifted Children Neurodivergent?
Neurodiversity is a term that only dates back to the 1990s. Oxford English Dictionary defines neurodiversity (n) as, "the range of differences in individual brain function and behavioural traits, regarded as part of normal variation in the human population (used especially in the context of autistic spectrum disorders)." In social circles, we often use the term "neuro-diverse" as an adjectives to describe those individuals with abnormal neuro-biological states, divergent neuro-development, neuro-deficits, and even profound above average neuro-capabilities. We often exchange the terms "neuro-diverse" and "neuro-divergent" as one and the same though technically speaking, neurodiversity exists everywhere, for we are all [humans] unique. However, over the years we've come to understand that certain individuals individuals have nonstandard neuro-cognitive functioning and neurological variations that fall outside the norm. Quite often, this term is used to refer to individuals with mental disabilities; however, gifted individuals may be just as neuro-divergent as disabled persons.
Neurobiology of Giftedness
A brief summary of research suggesting that gifted individuals are neurodivergent.
Autism -vs- Giftedness: A Neurobiological Approach
Relating autism and giftedness through a study of the brain.
Twice Exceptional: Gifted with Sensory Sensitivities
Research suggests that sensory processing difficulties may affect as many as 5% to 16% of school aged children to some degree or another. Like other neuro-developomental disorders, SPD is a spectrum disorder that affects different individuals to varying degrees.
Links to Research
Dr. John Geake
John Geake conducted neuroscientific research into high intelligence and creativity at the University of Oxford's Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain, Department of Clinical Neurology, John Radcliffe Hospital. He co-founded the Oxford Cognitive Neuroscience-Education Forum.
Neuromythologies in Education
A Neuro-Pyschological Model of the Creative Intelligence of Gifted Children
Teacher's Negative Affect Toward Academically Gifted Students
The Neurobiology of Giftedness