What's New at the Center?

  • Advanced Development – a journal on adult giftedness – seeks articles for Volume 15.

  • Betty Maxwell, M.A.


    This magical technique takes advantage of the natural ability of visual-spatial children to hyperfocus.

    1. Is his writing posture awkward (like a scrunched up pretzel)?
    2. Does he hold his pencil strangely? 
    3. Can you see the tension run through his hand, arm, furrowed brow?
    4. Does it take him much longer to write than anyone else his age?
  • By Betty Maxwell


    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... read more
  • Keynote address for 9th International Congress on The Theory of Positive Disintegration, St. Charles, IL, July 24, 2010
  • In a recent post-test conference, a father said, “I’m a big picture guy” and proceeded to ask throughout the conference how both giftedness and our recommendations would affect his daughter’s life now and in the future.  This brief Big Picture is for that loving father and parents like him.

  • Betty Maxwell, M.A.


  • Are you gifted if no one can see it? Some would say no, you are only gifted when you do something others deem remarkable.

  • Every gift contains a danger. Whatever gift we have we are compelled to express. And if the expression of that gift is blocked, distorted, or merely allowed to languish, then the gift turns against us, and we suffer. (Johnson, 1993, p. 15)


  • The Gifted Development Center has been in operation since June, 1979, and we have assessed over 6,000 children in the last 30 years. By concentrating totally on the gifted population, we have acquired a considerable amount of knowledge about the development of giftedness.

  • For the first time, the Gifted Development Center, in conjunction with our affiliates in California, is offering a combination of Qualitative Assessment and... read more

  • Thanks to you for looking beyond dyslexia (learning differences) and seeing something special, gifted, and worthy in Bennett.  Thanks for helping us understand his need for a complimenting environment.
  • The Institute for the Study of Advanced Development (ISAD) has been in operation since 1986. It is a nonprofit 501c3 tax exempt agency dedicated to developing giftedness in children and adults, and promoting ethical development.