At Talent Program Solutions LLC (TPS) we believe that each child is potentially gifted—that is, each child has a unique capacity to achieve greatness in an individual way.  Our Talent Development Continuum™ (TDC) model provides students with the appropriate challenge as their strengths emerge.

Learners demonstrate individual differences. Some students’ intellectual and creative capacities develop early and are readily observable.  These students will appear very advanced when compared to their age-level peers.  Educators use tests and other assessments to document these learning differences.  The term “gifted and talented” is used to indicate a very advanced developmental level which requires different educational options.  This term is useful to parents and educators in understanding the specific nature of the learning differences and the appropriate instructional strategies that should be used.

It is unjust and harmful to ignore individual differences in learners. Students who are advanced require opportunities to develop at their own pace and must not be asked to wait while others “catch up.”

Some bright students appear unmotivated in school because of a mismatch between their learning style and the instructional methods being used.  Understanding a child’s preferred learning style is necessary for maximizing individual potential.

Listed below are some indicators of advanced intellectual and creative development.  Children who exhibit these behaviors consistently when compared to age-level peers may need additional assessments to determine if they require gifted and talented programming which is matched to the level of their demonstrated capabilities.

Characteristics of Advanced Intellectual Capacity (Intellectually Gifted)

This child consistently when compared to age-level peers:

  1. Has an extensive and detailed memory, particularly in an area of interest.
  2. Has vocabulary advanced for age—precocious language.
  3. Asks thoughtful questions.
  4. Learns information quickly.
  5. Uses logic in arriving at common sense answers.
  6. Understands abstract ideas and complex concepts.
  7. Observes relationships and sees connections.
  8. Finds and solves difficult and unusual problems.
  9. Exhibits a high degree of concentration in areas of interest.
  10. Is reflective about learning.

Characteristics of Advanced Creative Capacity (Creatively Gifted)

This child consistently when compared to age-level peers:

  1. Prefers complexity and open-endedness.
  2. Has extreme fluency of thoughts and a large number of ideas.
  3. Is observant and pays attention to detail.
  4. Proposes unique solutions to problems; improvises.
  5. Challenges existing ideas and products.
  6. Makes unusual connections; intuitive
  7. Is attracted to the novel, complex, and mysterious.
  8. Is a nonconformist, uninhibited, adventurous, able to resist group pressure.
  9. Accepts disorder, tolerates ambiguity; delays closure.
  10. Is emotionally sensitive; sensitive to beauty