Resources for Students Who Are Highly or Profoundly Gifted
Highly and profoundly gifted students are children whose needs are so far beyond "typical" gifted that they require extraordinary resources. When tested with a Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC), their scores range from 145 to 159 for highly gifted and above 160 for profoundly gifted. In those ranges, these children are as different in intellectual abilities from gifted children (usually 130 to 144) as gifted are from a typical regular education population. IQ scores do not tell the whole story; however, they are a useful indicator of individual differences, particularly when used to inform instruction.
The following resources may be useful for all bright children but are likely to be essential for highly or profoundly gifted children.
1. Distance Education
Regional talent searches are conducted annually to identify gifted students throughout the nation. Each location provides academic courses during summers as well as online during the school year for middle and high school students, and most centers provide courses for younger students as well. Most programs require students to take an above-grade-level entrance test to qualify for the program. Check each location for online course availability and deadlines.Center for Talent Development (CTD)Northwestern University617 Dartmouth PlaceEvanston, IL 60208847.491.3782www.ctd.northwestern.edu Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP)PO Box 90747Durham, NC 27708-0747919.684.3847www.tip.duke.edu Center for Talented Youth (CTY)Johns Hopkins University3400 North Charles StreetBaltimore, MD 21218410.516.0337www.cty.jhu.edu Rocky Mountain Talent Search2135 E. Wesley Avenue200 Wesley HallUniversity of DenverDenver, CO 80208303.871.2983www.du.edu/education/ces/rmts.html
Virtual schools for homeschooling families
Virtual School for the Gifted www.vsg.edu.au
Westbridge School - A college preparatory virtual school for academically advanced homeschoolers www.flash.net/~wx3o/westbridge/
2. Early entrance programs that combine high school and college
3. Helping Your Highly Gifted Child,
a digest that addresses highly gifted students ericec.org/gifted/gt-diges.html
4. Periodicals that address highly gifted issues
Understanding Our Gifted, published by Open Space Communications. Columnists include Dr. Miraca Gross, the author of Exceptionally Gifted Children. For more information visit the website (www.openspacecomm.com) or call 800.494.6178
Imagine, a periodical for students published by the Center for Talented Youth, Johns Hopkins University. For more information, call 800.548.1784. http://cty.jhu.edu/imagine
5. Books and Book Chapters
Assouline, S.; Colangelo, N.; Lupkowski-Shoplik, A.; & Lipscomb, J. (1999). The Iowa Acceleration Scale (IAS). AZ: Gifted Psychology Press (giftedbooks.com) Provides guidance to educators in making important decisions regarding whether particular students are good candidates for whole-grade acceleration (grade-skip).
Feldman, D. H., with Goldsmith, L. T. (1986). Nature's gambit: Child prodigies and the development of human potential. New York: Basic Books.
Feldman, R. D. (1982). Whatever happened to the Quiz Kids? Chicago: Chicago Review Press.
Gross, M. U. M. (1992). The early development of three profoundly gifted children of IQ 200. In P. S. Klein & A. J. Tannenbaum (Eds.), To be young and gifted (pp. 94-138). Norwood, NJ: Ablex Publishing Corporation.
Gross, M. U. M. (1993). Exceptionally gifted children. London and New York: Routledge.
Grost, A. (1970). Genius in residence. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
Hollingworth, L. S. (1942). Children above 180 IQ (Stanford-Binet): Origin and development. Yonkers-on-Hudson, NY: World Book Company.
Morelock, M. J., & Feldman, D. H. (1991). Extreme precocity. In N. Colangelo & G. A. Davis (Eds.), Handbook of gifted education. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
Rogers, K. (June 27, 1998). A study of 241 profoundly gifted children. www.gifteddevelopment.com/Articles/AStudyOf241ExtraordGC.htm
Silverman, L. K. (1989). The highly gifted. In J. F. Feldhusen, J. VanTassel-Baska, & K. R. Seeley (Eds.), Excellence in educating the gifted (pp. 71-83). Denver: Love.
Subotnik, Rena (1993). Genius Revisited: High IQ Children Grown Up. NJ: ABLEX Publishing Corp.
Reprinted with the permission of the Council for Exceptional Children. © 2006-2007 Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). All rights reserved.
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