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Giftedness and Identification

Have friends ever questioned how they can get their child into a school's Gifted Education program? After all, their child is a bright, straight A student. Maybe your child is an A student, or maybe not; yet your child was admitted.

Why is that?

In the state of Colorado, students must have three indicators in at least two separate categories in their strength area to be identified as gifted in that area. Categories are:

  1. achievement,
  2. intellectual ability,
  3. behavior, and special talent and/or performance.

Learn more here.

However, what many people don't realize, including some Gifted Education parents, is that giftedness spans far beyond classroom walls. Gifted children's behavior differs from their peers. Gifted children tend to demonstrate asynchronous development.

Gifted children exhibit traits such as the extreme need to:

  1. Learn at a much faster pace.
  2. Process material to a much greater depth.
  3. Show incredible intensity in energy, imagination, intellectual prowess, sensitivity, and emotion which are not typical in the general population.

Your child's experience in the world is very different than that of his or her bright peers. You may or may not have the vocabulary for your child's traits and intensities. But, when introduced to other GT parents, the parallels of the roller coaster ride that is parenting a gifted child are undeniable.

Often, gifted kids' expectations are wrapped inside an intricate web of thoughts and feelings that revolve around one central question: "Am I good enough for the adults in my life?"

Recognize any these traits in yourself? Let's not forget that you brought these quirky, wonderful people into this world. What's that old saying about apples falling from trees? Gifted Adults: Self-administered questionnaire


A child with ADD/ADHD might be hyperactive, inattentive, and/or impulsive. Clinicians have always understood hyperactivity and impulsivity. The understanding of inattention, though, has shifted from primarily "the inability to stay on task" to a broader concept called executive function disorder (EFD), which involves a pattern of chronic difficulties in executing daily tasks. More



Doble excepcionalidad y abogacía

Los estudiantes dotados y talentosos también pueden tener otras excepcionalidades. En esta sesión compartiremos lo que es la doble-excepcionalidad y como puede afectar a nuestros niños académicamente y socioemocionalmente. Este entendimiento los ayudara a abogar por los derechos de sus hijos.

1 de mayo de 2024 - 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

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Presentado por el Departamento de Educación de Colorado Región Centro Norte de Educación para Dotados

Asincronía y sobre excitabilidades - Seminario web grabado

Gifted Child Burnout

Speaker: Brian Housand

April 16, 2024 - 6-7 pm 

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CAGT's Family Institute 2024

The Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented is thrilled to announce the return of CAGT's Family Institute! This event is for parents, guardians, grandparents and any adult caregiver who plays an integral role in raising their gifted children.

The first event is co-hosted by affiliates, Boulder Valley Gifted & Talented (BVGT) and Adams 12 GT Parent Group (A12GTPG) and is featuring keynote speaker Emily Kircher-Morris. Emily's presentation, "The Parenting Handbook", will provide parents and caregivers with neurodiversity-affirming strategies to nurture their gifted children to become independent, confident, successful young adults. You won't want to miss what she has to say!

Date: Monday, May 6th 
Time: 5:00 to 6:30pm
Location: Legacy High School in Broomfield, CO. 
Presenter: Emily Kircher-Morris
Topic: The Parenting Handbook
Registration fee is $15 for CAGT/Affiliate members and $20 for non-members 

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