Well written summary that I wish people would read without prejudice!

Rochester SAGE - Supporting Advanced & Gifted Education

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Usually this blog focuses on the academic side of giftedness.  The main purpose of the Rochester SAGE group is to promote gifted education options in Rochester Community Schools.

The somewhat hidden side of giftedness is the nonacademic side.  The intensities.  The emotional attributes.  The qualitative differences in perception.  Why are these so rarely talked about?

First, many people have a hard enough time accepting the intellectual differences of gifted children.  Telling them that many gifted children have heightened senses, emotions, or energies would be truly unbelievable to most.  Many parents of gifted children are worried enough about being seen as bragging when we try to explain how our children are different academically.

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  1. I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry or even where to begin but for brevity I’ll focus on one segment. This statement in the article is incorrect:” A study by Paula Jarrard, MS, OTR of the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions also showed that gifted children have significantly higher rates of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), a neurological “traffic jam” that prevents certain parts of the brain from receiving the information needed to interpret sensory information correctly. This can cause problems with stimulation such as heat, cold, or touch being either unnoticed or unbearable. It can also cause issues such as clumsiness, a oft stereotyped feature of the nerd. According to the study, Rates of SPD were 3-7 times greater in gifted children than in the general population.”
    Paula Jarrad did not publish a study but merely synthesized the research.
    The hyper-link in the above article [ study by Paula Jarrard] takes you to an article on the SPD website . The article is titled :_Sensory Issues in Gifted Children: Synthesis of the Literature_
    By Paula Jarrard, MS OTR
    Doctoral Candidate Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
    Provo, UT
    Edited by LJ Miller March, 2008
    The author states at the beginning of this very short paper : A review of this literature reveals contradictory findings about whether or not gifted students have sensory processing impairments. In addition, these studies are fraught with weak methodological approaches and different, sometimes incompatible definitions of giftedness (Moonlial, 2007). No research or even case report information specifically addresses sensory processing and the gifted (Cronin, 2003). This subject has only gained recent attention in the form of empirical studies (Moonlial, 2007). (my note: Mooonlial is an unpublished doctoral dissertation)
    The paper then goes on to state :The prevalence of significant sensory processing disorder (SPD) symptoms was 35% in one large sample (n=500) from a gifted and talented center in a pilot study (SPD Foundation, 2007). Another study showed that 1/6 of gifted children tested at one center had a co-existing disorder, including SPD (Silverman, 2007).
    If one goes to page 4 the referenced studies are as follows:
    SPD Foundation. (2007, July). Understanding sensory processing disorder and recent research in ASD. Presentation presented at the Progress through Partnership: PA 10th Annual
    National Autism Conference, State College, PA. Retrieved on January 14, 2008 from http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=Prevalence+of+gifted+ and+talented+with+significant+SPD&btnG=Google+Search
    This link yields a google search page for “Prevalence of gifted and talented with significant SPD” and there is no actual study listed.
    Silverman, L. (2007). What we have learned about gifted children 1979-2007. Retrieved on January 9, 2008 from http://www.gifteddevelopment.com/PDF_files/learned.pdf
    The Silverman pdf does state that rates of children with a comorbid disorder were 1/6 .(Point 19 ) However that claim is not based on a study but merely an observation by the Center operated by Silverman.
    Furthermore the AAP issued a policy statement on May 28, 2012 :American Academy of Pediatrics:
    Policy Statement: Sensory Integration Therapies for Children With Developmental and Behavioral Disorders
    Pediatrics 2012; 129:6 1186-1189; published ahead of print May 28, 2012, doi:10.1542/peds.2012-0876
    “At this time, pediatricians should not use sensory processing disorder as a diagnosis. When these sensory symptoms are present, other developmental disorders—specifically, autism spectrum disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, developmental coordination disorder, and anxiety disorder—must be considered and thoroughly evaluated, usually by appropriate referral(s) to a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, child psychiatrist, or child psychologist. The American Academy of Pediatrics clinical report on the management of children with autism spectrum disorders is a useful resource to help with these referrals.35″

    I am hoping that the author of this article will issue a correction to the misleading and inaccurate statements. I wish more people would look at the actual research and demand citations to support claims.

    • You are correct, of course. I skipped that paragraph because, in my mind Dabrowski explains everything better.

      But I should not wholeheartedly support a piece in which I cannot recommend one paragraph, or can I?

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