You might be wondering if your child is ‘officially’ gifted.  Typically, giftedness is defined by certain IQ scores. Do you have to be advanced at everything or only certain things? Is it even reasonable to define a person by a test score when behaviors might tell another story? Watch as Drs. Dan Peters and Susan Baum raise some interesting questions when it comes to defining giftedness.



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  1. Michelle Barmazel on July 16, 2020 at 8:48 am

    This is great!
    Don’t forget that if a kid is 2E that their advanced abilities will also allow them to compensate for their disability meaning that more could be holding them back than is obviously visible.

  2. Kate on July 16, 2020 at 11:05 am

    I love this interview! I have a high IQ “gifted” child who is also ASD and ADHD; he wasn’t diagnosed until he was 6 years old, even though I was flagging social emotional concerns with his doctor and various specialists from the time he was 1. I think his “giftedness” was masking ASD and ADHD symptoms, so others didn’t see his struggles when they were with him for an hour or less, or outside of a social setting.
    In many ways and times I want to reject the “gifted” definition altogether, as I see exceptional gifts in all children I know. Furthermore, I and don’t want to take part in elitist structures and definitions. That said, the general education classroom was completely failing my child, so we needed to seek services and find him alternative settings. For that reason I am thankful that our district has a program for academically gifted children.

  3. C. Lambert on July 16, 2020 at 11:18 am

    Thank you so much for sharing…love this discussion!!

  4. Katherine on July 16, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    Really interesting. My daughter scored very high in some areas of her psychological education assessment and very low in others as well as average scores. Her scores were from 98% to 0.5%. Her disabilities mean she often is assessed around average but she only missed the cut off score for giftedness in language by 6%.

  5. Mary on July 16, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    Thank you so much for this. My son has ADHD and potentially ASD amongst an array of physical health issues. He will tick every single box on a giftedness checklist and anyone that recognises giftedness will often tell me he is or that he’s extremely smart. However, on tests he always scores average. It’s always made me doubt whether he is actually gifted, but after hearing you guys speak it’s opened me up to something new. Thank you!

  6. Nellie Zambrana on July 19, 2020 at 5:02 am

    I love to see the strides to avoid locking the human potential in scores!! Congrats for the video!

  7. Blanca Logan on July 19, 2020 at 9:51 am

    I have three boys, all diagnosed with High Functioning Autism. All three very bright, but in different ways and areas. My oldest and youngest very similar. Very early readers, strong language and memory skills, independent thinkers, experts at debating and having facts to prove their point.My middle one very artistic, great imagination and creative. My oldest one scored very high ( high and superior range) in several cognitive skills in the educational assessment: abstract thinking 84, visual puzzles 75, working memory 98, attention and concentration 91. However he is not considered gifted. He is in high school now but has struggled to fit as he says because he can’t go to a gifted program where he might find more of what he calls” his people”. It is very difficult and frustrating as these type of children are left in limbo and it’s up to the parents to support and challenge them as most times teachers focus on the negative (lack of social skills or the challenges of the diagnosis).

  8. Kasey on August 17, 2020 at 11:36 am

    Hello! I’m just now getting around to watching this and appreciate SO MUCH what I hear! I’ve been trying to pin down information for a few years now to help educate my son’s teachers on what exactly 2e means and how assessments for “giftedness” can disproportionately exclude children on the Spectrum, in particular. Can anyone point me to the research mentioned on the National Association for Gifted Children’s website? Thank you! Kasey

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