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  • Analysis of psychometric patterns and clinical observations led to the development of the visual-spatial construct in 1982. The paper, “The Visual- Spatial Learner” received positive responses from clients and from students at the University of Denver and North Carolina State University. In July... read more

  • In our case files, we have dozens of children who show superior grasp of mathematical relations, but inferior abilities in mathematical computation. These children consistently see themselves as poor in mathematics and most hate math. This situation is terribly unfortunate, since their visual-... read more

  • Visual-spatial children master reading in a different manner from auditory- sequential children. Some VSLs have a difficult time learning to read, while others seem to magically absorb the entire process before they enter school. Perhaps the key here is “before they enter school.” Methods used... read more

  • 1. Use humor whenever possible: Humor gets the right hemisphere into the act.
    2. Present it visually. Use overheads. Draw pictures. Show them—don’t just tell them. Have them picture it.
    3. Use computers. Computers show rather than tell. They teach visually with no time limits.

  • 1. Present ideas visually on the chalkboard or on overheads. "A picture is worth a thousand words." Use rich, visual imagery in lectures.
    2. Teach the student to visualize spelling words, math problems, etc. An effective method of teaching spelling is to write the word in large, colored... read more

  • Now, you want to hear something really funny? I have just published a book about visual-spatial learners. Isn’t that a riot?! How could someone with so little spatial intelligence have possibly written a book on the topic! It’s probably because I have so little spatial ability that I have so... read more

  • What enables young people at risk for delinquency to choose a more constructive path? Most likely it is finding something they are good at, that they enjoy doing, and that is seen as valuable by others. Art is often the answer. Art begins with imagery, a function of the right hemisphere. When... read more

  • The first child I observed with unusual visual-spatial abilities was profoundly gifted (above 175 IQ). So I assumed that visual-spatial learners were profoundly gifted. Then, I discovered that children who fit the characteristics of giftedness, but did not test in the gifted range due to hidden... read more

  • Your children come into this world with their own agendas, as Annemarie Roeper would say. They are not empty slates to be written on, nor are they clay to be molded. Who is this person who has chosen to share your journey with you? Each day you are given the opportunity to discover another... read more

  • Last year, our fundraising efforts were focused on establishing a scholarship fund for underprivileged children in need of testing. We are continuing this focus for the upcoming year. So many gifted children are hidden by poverty, language barriers and low expectations. Our first scholarship... read more

  • Testing companies periodically release new versions of individual, comprehensive intelligence tests.  Rarely used for typical students, such tests are helpful for special needs students to discern strengths and weaknesses and guide program planning.
  • The concept that giftedness is who you are rather than what you do is controversial. Immediately after it was published, George Betts, Professor Emeritus of the University of Northern Colorado, passionately embraced the concept and it now serves as the platform of his philosophy as president of... read more

  • Introducing Catherine Zakoian, Licensed Professional Counselor, to our Gifted Development Center community.

    We have been referring clients to Catherine in Boulder, Colorado, for many years. She brings great depth of insight, intuition and empathy to her work with children... read more

  • 'Every parent believes that their child is special, but some kids actually are exceptional and deserve the label gifted.

  • Giftedness is not the potential for success. Success depends on opportunity and effort. For children to persist in the face of failure, psychologist Carol Dweck advocates that they be praised for their efforts, not their abilities. True.

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