Why do the gifted have special needs?
People take in experience at different rates.
Gifted people take in more, compared to their age and ability to process that
experience. Taking in so much more than those around them results in the gifted
becoming highly sensitive and emotionally vulnerable. These
extra-sensitivities are described in the article "The
Funnel and Cylinder Theory of Giftedness."
How can counseling
help? Talking with someone who understands the profound emotional
needs, appetites, and frustrations that come with being gifted
is something all gifted people need. Too often, people with
intellectual, creative, physical, spiritual, or emotional gifts are
misunderstood, disparaged or neglected. All people benefit from emotional
support and good counsel. Yet the more exceptional an individual is, the less
likely she or he has satisfactorily experienced either. Working with someone
who specializes in counseling the gifted can help a gifted person learn to
appreciate and be comfortable with their gifts and their limitations.
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Hoagies Gifted Education Page
This site is at the top of the list for good reason. Start here for
articles and links to most of what you want to know about Gifted issues.
Extensive link and information site by Carolyn K.
Talent Development Resources
If creativity is your interest, start here. "Perspectives on
developing multiple talents and exceptional ability, information and inspiration
to enhance creative expression.' Website by Douglas Eby.
Recognizing Giftedness in Adults
Self-administered questionnaire to help adults recognize giftedness in
Identification Possibly the best set of links regarding How
and Why to identify giftedness.
GDC Recognizing Giftedness in Young Children
An excellent article by Linda Silverman giving lots of specific examples
of giftedness observed in children under 5.
(University of Virginia) Gifted Database and Resources
scores for 7th and 8th graders SAT Program data provide important information about test characteristics, prediction, validity, and reliability.
Lots of info on this page for all SAT takers.
The ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education (ERIC EC)
Resource Group for Gifted
and LD Articles
By Tammy Ellston
Reprinted with permission from "Gifted Child Today" v16, n1, p17-19,
A terrific article with an annoying patterned backdrop making it difficult to
read. Try copying the article into a word processing program to read it easier.
Gifted Development Center
Linda Silverman's Gifted Development Center website.
"A service of the Institute for the Study of Advanced Development. "
Other Web Sites on Gifted Education
This is the link page from the Fairfax County Association of the Gifted (FCAG)
"Raising Education Quality for All Students Through G/T Advocacy. FCAG is a
non-profit advocacy group supporting differentiated education for gifted and
talented students enrolled in Fairfax County schools."
FCPS Gifted and Talented homepage
Fairfax County Public Schools site
Hollingworth Center Home Page Lots
of good information, articles, and links
LD OnLine: Gifted Students with Learning Disabilities
A good article on the subject. The rest of LD OnLine can be accessed from
this page, and there is lots of good stuff there.
Wrightslaw - Special Education Law
Parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate,
up-to-date information about effective advocacy for children with disabilities.
Do you wonder if a child is gifted? Try this...
is a Gifted Specialist, serving the gifted in Northern Virginia.
for gifted students, groups for their parents,
presentations and workshops available. Call 703-280-1629 or e-mail
to find out more.