Services

We understand the joys and challenges of parenting high ability children. We are committed to providing education, insight, guidance and emotional support about giftedness. Our goal is to help parents understand the unique characteristics and abilities that define their child’s giftedness and provide them with the practical resources to help address the distinct needs of their gifted child. We provide parents with information to understand their child’s needs from an academic and social-emotional perspective and to help parents advocate on their child’s behalf.

Assessment Services

WISC-V

The Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children Fifth Edition (WISC-V) is the latest version of the most powerful cognitive ability measure ever. WISC-V has been redesigned, retooled, and revamped to provide a more comprehensive picture of a child’s (6 – 16 years 11 months old) abilities.

WISC-V test results can illuminate possible reasons for underachievement, as well as indicate areas of significant asynchrony (gaps). Additionally, the results can support evidence of reasoning ability for placement in gifted programs. The results can also help you advocate on your child’s behalf at school and interact more effectively at home.

WPPSI-IV

The leading measure of cognitive ability for preschoolers and young children has been revised. Based on the most current literature in the field and feedback from experts and clinicians, this significant revision places a strong emphasis on developmentally-appropriate, child friendly features, and includes new measures of working memory and processing speed. The WPPSI-IV provides a reliable and valid measure of intelligence for young children ages 2 ½ – 7 ½ that is age appropriate, user-friendly, and fun.

Characteristics of Giftedness Assessment

Research has shown that gifted individuals have characteristics that fall into the following categories: Advanced Language (i.e., advanced vocabulary, an ability to use more complex and symbolic language), Analytical Thinking (i.e., an ability to discern components of a whole, determine relationships and patterns), Meaning Motivated (i.e., curiosity, an inner drive for thorough, independent understanding, and an extensive memory), Perspective (i.e., an ability to understand and incorporate unexpected or unusual points of view), Sense of Humor (i.e., an understanding of higher levels of humor), Sensitivity (i.e., intense sensitivity to the needs and motivations of others, a strong sense of justice and having high standards of self and others), and Accelerated Learning (i.e., an ability to learn and understand material and concepts beyond the facts and knowledge typical and expected for that age group).
We will assess your child’s strength of evidence of each characteristic and guide you in understanding these strengths and any potential weaknesses.

Intensities/Overexcitabilities Assessment

An intensity is a heightened capacity to respond to stimuli of various types. The terms ‘intensity’ or ‘overexcitability’ were chosen to convey the idea that the stimulation is well beyond average in intensity and duration. Intensities can be thought of as an abundance of physical, sensual, creative, intellectual and emotional energy that can result in creative endeavors as well as advanced emotional and ethical development in adulthood. As such, they are a positive force for the gifted, as they feed, enrich, empower and amplify talent.
By assessing your child’s levels of intensities we will help you understand their natural strengths and development potential.

Multiple Intelligences Assessment

Dr. Howard Gardner proposes eight different intelligences that account for a broader range of human potential in children and adults. These intelligences are: Linguistic intelligence (“word smart”), Logical-Mathematical intelligence (“number/reasoning smart”), Spatial-Visual intelligence (“picture smart”), Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence (“body smart”), Musical intelligence (“music smart”), Interpersonal intelligence (“people smart”), Intrapersonal intelligence (“self smart”), and Naturalist intelligence (“nature smart”).
We will assess your child’s preferences and provide you with ways to engage and leverage their strongest intelligences for personal and academic purposes.

Consultation Services

Through our consultation services we will guide you to relevant resources to support your family’s needs. During our initial visit with you we will discuss your family’s history, the developmental milestones of your child, your goals and how we can assist you in meeting those goals.
Services include: Educational Advocacy, Assisting with School Placement, and recommendations for professional referrals, resources and local enrichment programs.

Community Education

Gifted Education Workshops for Teachers and Parents

We offer a number of workshops and seminars for educators and parent groups discussing identifying and serving the needs of gifted children. Our presentations are specifically tailored to your school’s population serving pre-k through high school students. Some of the more popular topics include, understanding the characteristics of gifted children, exploring misconceptions about gifted traits and behaviors, interpreting formal screening measures and evaluations tools, qualitative assessments of gifted behaviors and temperament traits, use of non-traditional identification in the classroom, and how to build depth and complexity into a child’s learning experiences. Please reach out through our contact page if you would like to receive a proposal for your school.

Parent Groups: Supporting Your Gifted Child

Our parent groups are a combination of guided discussion, education, and interactive workshop sessions. In talking with parents we have found that they often lack information about the characteristics, behaviors, and challenges of gifted children and the resources available to their families. Our groups are designed to help parents better understand, support and nurture their gifted children. As a result, there is better communication within the family, reduced conflicts, and enhanced interpersonal skills. Discussions take place in a nonjudgmental and nurturing atmosphere. Some of the topics discussed are motivation, discipline, stress management, perfectionism, and peer relationships.

Lending Library of Gifted Resources and SEL Tools

At Gifted Support Center we provide a lending library of relevant books, articles, journals and publications to support you in parenting your gifted child. Please feel free to browse and borrow at your convenience.

School Programs

LEAVE YOUR SLEEP FOR EDUCATION

Transforming Literature through Music and Art

Leave Your Sleep for Education is a music and arts program, incorporating a language arts curriculum that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards, the English Language Arts Standards, and the Visual and Performing Arts Standards. This comprehensive program of units, lessons, and supporting materials serves as a supplement to the original Leave Your Sleep 2cd publication that was created by musician Natalie Merchant in 2010, and the children’s picture book she created with Illustrator Barbara McClintock in 2012.

Leave Your Sleep for Education provides a unique opportunity for children to experience the joy of discovery at the intersection of poetry, art, and music. The curriculum is designed to lift all children up to higher levels of achievement by focusing on engagement and rigor. Our goal with Leave Your Sleep for Education is for children to develop an appreciation for the aesthetics of life, to foster critical thinking across the disciplines, to cultivate compassion for the interconnectedness of the common humanity in our world, and for children to gain the power to embrace their lives completely and attain their dreams.

To learn more about Leave Your Sleep for Education and the online curriculum platform for educators, please see www.leaveyoursleepforeducation.com

School Services

Renzulli Scales

Research Shows that gifted children tend to exhibit certain observable behaviors, such as using advanced vocabulary, grasping underlying principles, and making generalizations from complex information. Supported by 40 years of research, the Renzulli Scales are used by gifted and talented programs across the country. The items were chosen from a comprehensive body of research concerning the characteristics of gifted students.

Based on a multiple talent approach to the identification of gifted students, the scales help identify student strengths.