Gifted Education and Support

We ofter support for gifted children and adolescents. Our gifted specialists are here to help you develop a plan for:

  • Identification through testing and assessments
  • Academic accommodations (IEP and 504 Plan support)
  • Clarification of your child’s skills and abilities
  • Recommendations for specific programs and extracurricular activities

Although the world of education has developed some understanding of giftedness, there is no universally accepted definition of the word. Within the United States, each state has it’s own definition of gifted and talented students. This is based on comparison to same-aged peers and/or on educational needs beyond that offered in the classroom. Furthermore, each school district has it’s own set of rules for giftedness and GATE (Gifted and Talented Education).

Steps in Child Giftedness Identification:

  1. Identify whether or not your child or teen may have specific high abilities.  Complete testing and assessment to clarify areas of talent (e.g., sports, music, art, IQ, academic achievement).
  2. Explore options for tailored education and programs both within and outside of the regular school program.
  3. Research outside support for specific activities to facilitate and build upon your child’s unique abilities.

Giftedness Definition

The National Association for Gifted Children defines giftedness as the following: “Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude (defined as an exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence (documented performance or achievement in top 10% or rarer) in one or more domains. Domains include any structured area of activity with its own symbol system (e.g., mathematics, music, language) and/or set of sensorimotor skills (e.g., painting, dance, sports).”

Hoagies Gifted Website describes giftedness as the following: “Some professionals define “gifted” as an intelligence test score above 130, two or more standard deviations above the norm, or the top 2.5%. Others define “gifted” based on scholastic achievement: a gifted child works 2 or more grade levels above his or her age.  Still others see giftedness as prodigious accomplishment: adult-level work while chronologically a child.”

The Columbus Group, cited by Martha Morelock in The Giftedness: The View from Within, in Understanding Our Gifted describes this: “Giftedness is asynchronous development in which advanced cognitive abilities and heightened intensity combine to create inner experiences and awareness that are qualitatively different from the norm. This asynchrony increases with higher intellectual capacity. The uniqueness of the gifted renders them particularly vulnerable and requires modifications in parenting, teaching and counseling in order for them to develop optimally.”

Our Gifted Specialist

At Paradox, we are here to support your child’s unique cognitive abilities and achievement. Our clinical psychologists have extensive experience in identification of gifted students. Additionally, we collaborate with GATE educational advocate, Dr. Jenelle Miller, to provide you with specialized support for your child’s development.

Contact us today to receive your free consultation for your child’s needs.We support families with therapy and counseling in the following San Diego County zip codes and more: 92008, 92009, 92010, 92011, 92023, 92024, 92078, 92081, 92082, 92084, 92085, 92054, 92056, 92083, 92013, 92018, 92055, 92007, 92128, 92069, 92078, 92079, 92096, 92075. Our families travel to receive giftedness and GATE consultation and testing from all around San Diego, including Carlsbad, San Marcos, Escondido, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, San Diego, Oceanside, Vista, Poway, Temecula and Rancho Bernardo, and San Elijo Hills.