What's New at the Center?

  • Did you know Sherlock Holmes’ traits show amazing similarities to our current conception of gifted individuals? Do you know how important the inner experience of giftedness can be in understanding oneself or how race, dyslexia, and giftedness intersect?

  • Introducing our new Director of Qualitative Research, Chris Wells, MSW, author and doctoral candidate in educational psychology. Her dissertation topic is a phenomenological exploration of the experience of parenting stress in parents of children identified as twice-exceptional.

  • Check out all of our Self-Assessment Instruments here!

  • Gifted Development Center (GDC) and Pearson Assessments have developed a new composite score for the WISC-V!

  • Congratulations, Linda Silverman!

  • Advanced Development - a journal on adult giftedness - seeks articles for Volume 17

  • All children who develop atypically need assessment. Assessment is essential to detect learning deficits. Early detection enables early intervention. A well-kept secret is that the same developmental rule applies to children who are unusually advanced.
  • We tested a child who didn’t meet the cutoff for the gifted program in his school district; yet, at GDC, he qualified for the Davidson Young Scholar Program, scoring at the 99.9th percentile. How is this possible? When testing for giftedness, false negatives are common. There are endless reasons... read more

  • The Virtues Project is a modern concept with ancient roots. In 1991, Canadian founders, Linda Kavelin-Popov, Dr. Dan Popov and John Kavelin, were feeling much like we are today. They were concerned about senseless violence and knew that the answer rested in the children. They made the decision... read more

  • I have seen a lot of children with test scores in the average range who are anything but average. How can a gifted child get average scores?

  • Have you ever wondered why your child came out of an IQ assessment glowing with excitement, asking, “When can I come back?” If you had bad experiences with testing, this positive reaction might have taken you by surprise. What kind of magic goes on in there?

  • When we ask in our Developmental Questionnaire, “What activities during the school day does your child enjoy the least?” the answer is often, HANDWRITING. Why is handwriting such an issue for so many gifted children?  Let me count the ways… 

  • Anxiety is the birthright of the gifted. You don’t have to be gifted to be anxious, but it helps. Gifted minds can find endless reasons to worry. Kazimierz Dabrowski (1970) saw a close relationship between high intelligence and emotional tension. With high intelligence comes greater awareness,... read more

  • Gifted individuals go beyond excellence. They are driven by their inner vision of what they are seeking to do or accomplish. They set their own criteria for the fulfilment of that vision. They may know despair and failure many times in their journey towards that end. What they are striving to do... read more

  • Perhaps, like in creativity theory, with its Big C and little c, we need a Big D and a little d. Big C represents eminent creators; little c represents the creative process in everyday life. What if we applied this idea to Dabrowski’s theory? What if we saw TPD as the tenets of Big D development... read more

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