How Giftedness and Anxiety Can Often Go Hand-in-Hand

Consider the following story as it relates to this week’s piece.  Last week, my husband and I were called into our daughter’s school. We knew, going in, that she wasn’t in trouble. After all, she’s the type of girl who cares a lot about grades, impressing her teachers and avoiding any type of conflict. We met with her school principal.... Read More

Ahead of the Curve: What it Means to be a Gifted Child

Consider the following story as it relates to this week’s piece. For some time now, I’ve noticed something peculiar about Stephanie: she’s acting differently than how her two older sisters behaved at her age. Sometimes during dinner, we’ll all be eating and talking about our days, but Steph will be silent with her nose in a book. Other times, I’ll... Read More

Gifted Children: How an Evaluation Can Help Determine if Yours is One

Consider the following story as it relates to this week’s piece. Over the past year or so, I’ve noticed my son, David, acting differently from other kids his age  – and not in a bad way! He speaks in a way and takes an interest in things that seem advanced for him. For example, he loves going to the toy... Read More

Gifted Students: Accelerated Classes or Grade Skipping?

Skipping a grade has become a very controversial subject for gifted students.  The public schools advocate that all children are taught at grade level and that alternative approaches to enriching the gifted student are preferable to advancing them to the next grade.  Generally, it is preferable to provide new learning opportunities for your child at the appropriate level of developmental... Read More

“Gifted” Defined in Florida

The following are the State definitions of "Gifted" in Florida: (1) Gifted. One who has superior intellectual development and is capable of high performance. (2) Criteria for eligibility. A student is eligible for special instructional programs for the gifted if the student meets the criteria under paragraph (2)(a) or (b) of this rule. (a) The student demonstrates: Need for a... Read More

Ensuring Your Child Scores Well on the AGP Assessment

In my practice I am frequently asked about gifted testing or AGP testing in Hillsborough, Pasco, or Pinellas County.  One of the questions I am often asked is, “How can I ensure my child achieves their highest possible score on the Gifted Assessment?” It is true that IQ scores especially among younger children can vary as they mature.  Variability within... Read More

Considerations for Private Gifted Testing

Recent studies have found that 84% of time in classroom settings is spent on activities where the entire class participates as a group.  In other words, as little as 16% of time in your child’s day at school is spent receiving individualized attention catering to their specific level in any subject.  That being said, the importance of gifted testing (gifted... Read More

What is the Process for Enrolling My Child in the AGP?

In this post I will review the typical steps taken for identification and enrollment of a child into the Academically Gifted Program (AGP).  The process can differ slightly from county to county so I will write this post in as general terms as I can.  If you have more specific questions about the process and how I can assist your... Read More

My Child Missed the AGP Cut Off. What Now?

The most common requests I get for assessments include IQ assessments for determining a child's IQ, learning disability assessments, or to get a “second opinion” regarding an IQ assessment that was previously administered by a school. Generally, IQ assessments I administer are for a child to be included in the Academically Gifted Program (AGP).  It’s quite an honor to have... Read More