Association for Bright Children (ABC) London Chapter Association Presentation by: Dina Quigg to SEAC September 15, 2011 Giftedness = Asynchronous Development Uneven Development Intellectually, Emotionally, Physically. Dabrowski’s “Over Excitabilities” – a stimulus response that makes gifted kids extremely sensitive in a variety of ways (Psychological/Central Nervous) -Psychomotor…moves, talks, active! -Sensual…cut the label out, powerful reaction to sensory, aesthetic -Imaginational… dreamers, poets -Intellectual…logical imperative, complex reasoning, brain teasers -Emotional…very sad/very happy, need for deep connections (OE most susceptible to depression) “2 Standard Deviations from the Norm” Domain Competence – Not always smart or “good” at everything! Family Genetics -Sibs within 5-10 I.Q. points of each other -First born boys most identified -Girls lose out! Few behavior issues, fly under the radar. Elitism? No way! -“There are a lot more gifted poor kids out there than there are gifted wealthy kids.” -Giftedness is colour-blind, crosses cultural and socio-economic lines. Neuroplasticity – Use it or lose it. Some Characteristics of Gifted Children…. Rapid acquisition of information - often 8 times faster than age mates excellent memory Despise repetitive/rote tasks Learning must have relevance to them Very self-aware and highly critical Perfectionism, intensity, sensitivity -“internal amp at 11” Tend to be Spatial/Visual learners Sense of social justice – question authority Will pursue interests with passion to the exclusion of other obligations 60% Introverted, compared to 30% of general pop. Many are referred as behavior problems and not seen as gifted by parents or teachers. Dual exceptionalities and visual spatial learners get smarter as they get older. Many underachieve – 25% drop out. A disproportionate number incarcerated.