Profoundly, or highly gifted students are those with extreme intellect and extraordinary talents, even beyond their gifted peers. These children make up a small percentage of the gifted population, and an even smaller percentage of the entire population. Because of their distinct abilities, these students have very specialized educational and social-emotional needs that must be met in order for them to become successful citizens.
Council for Exceptional Children
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international organization that focuses on improving programming for children who are exceptional, whether it is disabilities, gifts, or talents. This website offers articles, information for parents, and links to other valuable resources.
Davidson Institute for Talent Development
This website contains a wealth of information and resources for highly and profoundly gifted students. Parents and educators can easily access information about camps, supplemental programs, and articles about detailed topics.
Hollingworth Center for Highly Gifted Children
This website provides information about characteristics of highly gifted students, options for homeschooling, identification and assessment techniques, bibliography of recommended readings, and a newsletter.
Gifted Development Center
This website, created Linda Silverman, contains information about specific assessments, characteristics of gifted learners, qualities of visual-spacial learners, and other valuable resources.
Is it a Cheetah?
Using the analogy of a cheetah, Stephanie S. Tolan (1997) describes the plight of the highly gifted student and the need to provide services for these underserved learners.
Discovering Highly Gifted Students
This article by J. Hansen (1992) discusses the "ceiling" effect on standardized tests and offers suggestions for above level testing.
Small Poppies: Highly Gifted Children in the Early Years
This article, written by Mirica Gross (1997), describes the early years in development for a child who is highly gifted.
Books for Parents and Educators
Special Populations in Gifted Education
Edited by: Jaime A. Castellano & Andrea D. Frazier
Living with Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, & the Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Adolescents, & Adults
By: Susan Daniels and Michael Piechowski
Growing Up Gifted
By: Barbara Clark
Exceptionally Gifted Children
By: Mirica U. M. Gross
Genius Denied: How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Minds
By: Jan & Bob Davidson
Strategies for Gifted Students who are Profoundly Gifted
▪ Radical acceleration of curriculum
▪ Intense differentiation and individualization of lessons
▪ Social emotional support for asynchronous development and
▪ Holistic and integrated programming
▪ Contracts that are flexible to incorporate new interests
▪ Opportunities for mentorships or apprenticeships
▪ Activities that foster moral awareness and views of justice