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  • The visual-spatial learner construct came to me as I was trying to make sense of the puzzling behavior of some children during IQ testing. A 4 year old we tested is a good example. This profoundly gifted boy kept saying, “I don’t know” to every question. When he was coaxed, he got all the... read more

  • In 1979, Miriam Darnell created Druidawn, a fantasy role-playing game, designed to motivate students to write creatively. Druidawn teachers work online with small groups of 7- to 14-year-olds all over the world. These writing clubs help improve social skills, teamwork, and problem solving... read more

  • The great thing about being a VSL is that you can see the big picture, and just watch people to learn a new skill. Explore a range of options, and try to keep an open mind---noticing all the factors that are important to you...

  • Gifted people prefer complexity. We can turn the most mundane endeavor into an art form, a creative challenge, experimenting until we discover how to attain the most elegant, satisfying solution. Are we going for easy? Efficient? Time-saving? Of course not! Those are other people’s goals. We... read more

  • For most people, finding their purpose in life is a strong drive...it may be that yours will require a creative direction that uses those special VSL skills to unfold.

  • Many schools do not do a very good job of teaching anything but auditory sequential learners. Even the ones that do well in the primary grades will lose us around third grade, which is the most common time for VSLs to feel the gap.

  • Remember, your VSL gifts are ones that make you unique. At 15 you probably just want to "fit in" and have your life be a little easier; in the outside world of career and purpose, that creative spark is what will help you achieve innovation and excellence.

  • Gifted boys are often considered immature because they are sensitive and cry when hurt; in fact, that is typical of gifted boys because their sense of justice, perceptions and feelings are fine-tuned, so they are easily hurt.

  • It might take some research, but seeing your son excited about learning and motivated to expand his world, not to mention feeling good about his gifts, is a very empowering and rewarding experience.

  • It is very normal for children to have anxiety over unknowns, especially if they have previous unpleasant experiences in similar circumstances. Additionally, many children do not like any changes or surprises, and you should warn them before expecting a transition to a new activity (i.e., "In 10... read more

  • “Everyone has a gift for something, even if it is the gift of being a good friend.” This pearl of wisdom was written by opera singer, Marian Anderson.

  • Linda Kreger Silverman
     

  • There is a thin line between anxiety being a normal byproduct of their often perfectionist drives or becoming something that is detrimental to their overall health and well being.

  • I have never been a football fan. In fact, when a famous Denver Bronco player came into our office to have his children tested, I had no idea who he was. I only knew that he was big. He seemed to take up the entire room. I wouldn’t be surprised if he had to duck to get in the front door.

  • What is overexcitability (OE)? Is there empirical evidence that gifted children and adults have greater OE? Does OE portray gifted children as emotionally needy and peculiar? Why is the concept controversial? Can we distinguish OE from AD/HD, sensory processing disorder, and other issues? How... read more

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