36 Years of Service

This year marks the 36th anniversary of the Gifted Development Center (GDC)! From our inception, GDC has given voice to the inner world of the gifted. While many define giftedness in terms of achievement or talent—outer manifestations, we have always championed the innate characteristics of giftedness, e.g.: 

 

  • Intensity
  • Curiosity
  • Abstract reasoning
  • Empathy
  • Sense of justice
  • Complex thought processes
  • Perfectionism

 

It is about who you are, not what you do.

 
Since June of 1979, we have assessed over 6,000 gifted children from all over the world. What draws families to us? By focusing on the gifted, we have learned an incredible amount about this population. We have pioneered new ways of looking at giftedness, through their asynchronous development, overexcitabilities, perfectionism, visual-spatial propensities, etc. We have documented that giftedness occurs equally in males and females, even in the highest IQ ranges; parents are excellent identifiers of giftedness; siblings are close in IQ; and there are more exceptionally gifted (160+ IQ) in the population than anyone could imagine. Our staff has unparalleled background and experience with twice exceptional children; we enable these children to look beyond their weaknesses and recognize that they are smart. Life changing!
 
For our 6th, 20th and 25th anniversaries, we hosted large conferences in Denver, and for our 30th anniversary, we organized a National Symposium on Assessment of Gifted Learners in California. 
 
Last year, for our 35th anniversary, we are explored our own inner world. In honor of our 35th anniversary, we launched this new website. Its development involved a great deal of soul searching and led to the reconceptualization of the Gifted Development Center. We have re-defined our services to meet the evolving needs of the modern global community. We have introduced new ways to build and connect with our community. And we envisioned how we wish to evolve over the next 35 years.
 
We invite you to be a part of our exploration. How has the GDC affected your lives? Please tell us about your experiences with our services, our publications, our efforts at creating national polices to support twice exceptional children, our presentations, our website, etc. We welcome your feedback and would love to know how we can serve you better. To help us celebrate our 36 years, please let us know how we have made a difference in your life or the lives of your children or grandchildren.
 
With heartfelt appreciation,
Linda Silverman