Gifted Child Magazine – Issue #3

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Highlights

  • Why do some gifted children underachieve?
  • Gifted children’s BIGGEST CHALLENGE
  • Portrait of a therapist
  • IQ scores are NOT ENOUGH
  • Human echolocation
  • Solving the algebra equation

 

Overview


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In this issue you’ll find some of the biggest names in the gifted children education field.

In the cover story, professor Lori Flint from East Carolina University in United states talks about why do some gifted children underachieve and what to do to prevent it from happening. She talks about how studying chronic underachievers helps us help our children. It’s a truly fascinating article.

Next, in a video interview, Ann Smith talks about the gifted children’s biggest challenge.

Ann Smith is the director at Gifted Support Center in San Francisco Bay Area in California. She also talks about the parent support groups. Ann is the Parent Representative on the Board of Directors for California Association for the Gifted. She has some truly valuable advice for the parents of gifted children that you’ll want to hear.

Every magazine issue features an inspiring story. In this issue, you have the story of Ben Underwood involving human echolocation.
The term ‘”twice-exceptional” is used for children who have both a disability and a gift. Ben lost his sight at the age of 3 in a surgical operation, after the other methods to treat his cancer failed. Ben’s ability to “see” the world around him by using echolocation is incredible.

Even though he is without eyes, Ben’s movements are never hesitant; he can play basketball, ride a bike in the street, detect static and moving objects around him, sense the gap between parked cars and ride though it without touching any of the cars, and do nearly everything that sighted people can do. In fact, in darkness or in the conditions of low visibility, sighted people could never move around as well as Ben does.

Unfortunately, Ben’s cancer did not go away after the surgery. He died at the age of 16.

Many children find algebra and calculating the equations rather challenging. They try to memorize what to do, and for many the memorizing does not work well for abstract concepts. This issue features a video with Dr Henry Borenson, the education management expert and the president of Borenson and Associates Incorporated in United States.

Dr Henry has devised an ingenious iPad application called Hands-On Equations that not only makes it exceptionally easy to learn algebra, but makes it fun too.

Next, you’ll enjoy finding out about Roya Klingner (The Global Center for Gifted and Talented Children), who is a solution-oriented therapist for gifted children. Roya lives in Germany and she is the Head and Founder of the Bavarian Center for Gifted and Talented Children. Among other things, she talks about her early experiences of growing up as a gifted child in Iran.

IQ Scores are not enough to tell us what giftedness is. This is something Dr Deborah Ruf has a lot to say about. Dr Ruf specializes in gifted assessment and test interpretation, and is the author of the award-winning book "5 Levels of Gifted: School Issues and Educational Options".

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