Articles on Intellectual Needs

Learning Differences: Pursuing Positive Supports

By Julie Skolnick I met with a distraught client the other day. Her son, who attends an independent school priding itself on specializing in differential learners, had a very bad week. The school's disciplinary point system - an ad hoc way for teachers to let students...

Director's Corner: Fire Chasers – Intensities to the extreme

Fire Chasers - Intensities to the extreme By Kathleen Casper, J.D. Dabrowski was onto something with his overexcitabilities (OE's) research. He recognized that different people experience certain stimuli in different ways- often with intensities beyond those of other...

Talking Circles: You Aren't Going to Get There Paddling That Old Boat

You Aren't Going to Get There Paddling that Old Boat: Why we cannot and will not adequately meet diversity goals in gifted education with the same old system By Kathleen Casper There are some problems that we need to address and it is critical that we find new...

Why I Choose to Unschool My Gifted Children

Why I Choose to Unschool My Gifted Children By Amy Harrington What if we let go of everything we thought we knew about parenting and education? What if everything that we have been conditioned to believe is counterintuitive to positive development particularly with...

The Twice Exceptional: A Population Explosion?

The Twice Exceptional: A Population Explosion? by Michael Postma As I sat enjoying the Carolina sun sitting near our community pool last summer, I could not help but overhear a conversation between a mother and her husband regarding the educational dilemma facing...

100 Words of Wisdom: Kari DeMarco

100 Words of Wisdom: Kari DeMarco “He’s underperforming.” “Not listening.” “He has potential; just needs to try.” I’ve heard it all. Taken it with humility. My son has dealt with it and survived the disdain. We knew he was gifted, knew he had ADHD. But many teachers...

Motivation: Recapturing the Joy of Learning

Motivation: Recapturing the Joy of Learning Molly Isaacs-McLeod I frequently field concerns expressed by parents of gifted children and teens regarding motivation and underachievement. There are common threads in the many stories I have heard. At one time their child...

The Emotional Cost of Prevailing Myths about the Gifted

This article does not necessarily reflect SENG's position or policy. Thank you for considering opposing points of view. The Emotional Cost of Prevailing Myths about the Gifted Steven I. Pfeiffer, Ph.D., ABPP, Florida State University There are a number of myths in the...

Director's Corner: When early college is not the answer…

When early college is not the answer… by Molly Isaacs-McLeod Part of my work involves helping parents find the most appropriate educational options for their children given parameters of goals, interests, location, budget, and family situation. On occasion I have the...

Director's Corner: The Psychosocial Development of Gifted Children

Director's Corner: The Psychosocial Development of Gifted Children By Stephen Chou “I did it! I can do it! I can do anything!” Success, success, and more success. Though this is not the experience of all children who are gifted, as there is such diversity and...

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