What's New at the Center?

  • 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

  • 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

  • '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.

  • Our own Bobbie Gilman, Associate Director of the Gifted Development Center, received the Health Care Professional of the Year Award at the SENG Conference (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) in Denver, July 24, 2015.  Congratulations, Bobbie!

  • Linda Silverman is a psychologist who has studied giftedness in children for over 35 years. She’s written several books on the subject, including Giftedness 101 and is the founder and director of the Gifted Development Center and Visual-Spatial Resource in Denver, Colorado.

  • Thank you so much for spending the day with us at McKernan and providing a `bird's eye' view of our program. Your experience and love for the Gifted and Talented children is palpable and energizing. I feel blessed that George Richardson came into my life last September and introduced me to you... read more

  • I would like to propose a cure for height. Height is a social construction that provides unfair advantage to tall people.

  • A new form has been added to our GDC Forms resource to help identify gifted traits in adults. Take a look!

  • In honor of our 35th anniversary, we launched our new website! Its development involved a great deal of soul searching and led to the reconceptualization of the Gifted Development Center.

  • Gifted children have positive social development when they are respected in their families; when their parents value the inherent worth of all human beings; when they find true peers of similar ability at an early age; and when they interact with the mainstream after they have developed a strong... read more

  • Indeed, the remarkable emphasis on the school as an agent of socialization makes one wonder if anyone really cares about the development of these children’s abilities or if all that is important is whether they fit in!

  • 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.