Why Can’t We Use the Word Gifted?

I often ponder this question and wonder why “gifted” causes teachers, parents and students (some, not all) to bristle at this word.  In his address to the Iowa Association for the Gifted (2005) Michael C. Thompson said, “Somehow, in our egalitarian...

Parenting a gifted child (and, very likely, two)

Having a gifted child is a bewildering experience for a parent. Children differ, their stories differ. But you probably knew when he/she is young that you have an interesting and bright (if often difficult) child. The real problems usually start when the child hits...

Gifted and Learning Disabled?

For many, the notion of an individual being both gifted and learning disabled is a paradox that is not easily comprehended.  These children and adults do exist however, and the identification and teaching of such individuals is a great and immediate challenge to those...

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a language-based reading disorder for which the primary characteristic is poor reading fluency (see Overcoming Dyslexia, by Dr. Sally Shaywitz, Yale Child Study Center). In younger children learning to read may be slow and difficult. Handwriting, spelling,...