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  • 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

  • Socrates, the founder of the inductive method (Watson, 1978), was a master at analytical reasoning. Plato, his student, believed in the reality of abstract Forms perceivable only through "the mind's eye," and imperfectly represented in everyday life (Plato's Republic, Jowett trans., 1871/1944, p... read more

  • The auditory-sequential thinker is profoundly influenced by time and is less aware of space; the spatial thinker is preoccupied with space at the expense of time. Time is important in school—being on time, taking timed tests, turning in work on time, finishing activities in a timely fashion, and... read more

  • 1. “I’m Going on a Picnic.” Play games that involve auditory memory, such as “I’m Going on a Picnic.” The first person says, “I’m going on a picnic, and I’m going to bring an ___________” (e.g., apple, armadillo, albatross, etc.—anything that begins with “a.”) The second person repeats what the... read more

  • 1. Write the spelling word in large print in bright colored ink on a card.
    2. Hold the card at arm’s length.
    3. Study word, then close your eyes and picture the word in your mind.
    4. Do something wild to the word in your imagination.
    5. Place word somewhere in space (in... read more

  • Kids seem to come in two basic designs: some are good at school and some are good at creating. There are also some who are good at both, and everybody can become better at one or the other. Those who are good at school can become better at creating, and those who are good at creating can become... read more

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