Bobbie and Linda's Blog

Bobbie Gilman and Linda Silverman will use this opportunity to share their thoughts, feelings and reactions to events informally.

Monitoring Anxiety in Your Gifted Child

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.

How Peyton Manning Changed My Life

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.

The Truth about Overexcitabilities

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 should we respond to OEs?

We are in a unique position at GDC/ISAD to answer these questions. We have been studying overexcitability since 1980, shortly after the concept was introduced in gifted education. We create and distribute the instruments to assess OE and guide research.

You and Your Amazing Children

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 answer to that question—to learn new facets of your child. Instead of asking, “What did you learn in school today?” ask yourself, “What did I learn about my child today?”

What Challenges do the New IQ Tests Pose for Identifying the Gifted?

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.  How will the newest tests fare with gifted students?   

Giftedness is Who You Are

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 the National Association for Gifted Children. The winds have changed.

The Right to Struggle

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. But Dweck also asserts that Edison, Darwin and Einstein were “ordinary bright children who became obsessed with something.” If you have seen The Imitation Game, about computer inventor Alan Turing, it would be difficult to maintain the belief that we are all born with the same intellectual capabilities.

Is Height a Social Disease?

I would like to propose a cure for height. Height is a social construction that provides unfair advantage to tall people. Studies have shown that tall people are favored as leaders, are picked more frequently to play basketball, and can reach things that short people cannot. This makes short people feel inferior. There is no reason why some people are taller than others. The popular press has firmly negated the role of heredity; therefore, no thinking person should assume that heredity has anything whatsoever to do with it.

What can be gained through homeschooling

Families in Northern California had been waiting a year for the Gifted Development Center (GDC) to come back to the Bay Area to test children. But there was no place to test them and the hotel rates were outrageous.

From Worry to Wonder to Wonderment

I want to share an epiphany. One of the blessings of giftedness is an exquisite ability to worry. If they gave grades in school for worrying, gifted people would earn A+ in this subject. You don’t have to be gifted to worry, but it really helps. Think of it this way. To be a truly great worrier, you have to have a wonderful mind (Intellectual Overexcitability) that has greater awareness, can generate possibilities, can predict consequences and can see trends.


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