Gifted isn't better; It's different

What is Giftedness?

Asynchrony is the term used to describe the mismatch between cognitive, emotional, and physical development of gifted individuals. Gifted children often have significant variations within themselves and develop unevenly across skill levels. For example, a gifted child may be excellent in math, but poor in reading--or vice versa. Often, intellectual skills are quite advanced, but fine motor or social skills are lagging. Since asynchrony is so prominent in gifted children, some professionals believe asynchronous development rather than potential or ability, is the defining characteristic of giftedness.

Giftedness is asynchronous development in which advanced cognitive abilities and heightened intensity combine to create inner experiences and awareness that are qualitatively different from the norm. This asynchrony increases with higher intellectual capacity. The uniqueness of the gifted renders them particularly vulnerable and requires modifications in parenting, teaching, and counseling in order for them to develop optimally (Columbus Group in 1991).

  • General Intellectual Ability as shown by demonstrated significant achievement or potential for significant accomplishment above their age peers and all academic areas.
  • Specific Academic Aptitude as shown by demonstrated significant achievement or potential for significant accomplishment above their age peers in one or more academic areas.
  • Artistic Ability as shown by demonstrated significant achievement or potential for significant accomplishment above their age peers in the literary performing and or visual arts.

The GATES Program in MSAD #6 is designed to address the academic and emotional needs of gifted students in grades kindergarten through 12. The program provides a learning atmosphere and support system that appropriately challenges gifted students.

National Association for Gifted Children "Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude (defined as an exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence (documented performance or achievement in top 10% or rarer) in one or more domains. Domains include any structured area of activity with its own symbol system (e.g., mathematics, music, language) and/or set of sensorimotor skills (e.g., painting, dance, sports)."

Is my Child Gifted?


Program Description

Approximately three to five percent of MSAD #6's students excel or have the potential to excel, beyond their age peers in the regular school program, and require differentiated educational experiences that are aligned with the system of Maine' s Learning Results in mathematics, English / language arts, science, and the social studies. Our program is designed to provide gifted students with the opportunity to achieve, to be self-directed, to accept responsibility, to develop creative and critical thinking skills, to pursue individual and alternative solutions, and to value inquiry and lifelong learning while working within the framework of the Maine Learning Results.

GATES Identification

The MSAD #6 Board of Directors commits itself to a policy of meeting the needs of the gifted and talented students and to help these students feel comfortable in their roles as creative productive individuals now, and in the future. The goal of the program is to enable students to understand, develop, and utilize their higher mental processes or artistic talents. more...

A Parent's Guide to Gifted and Talented Education Services

What is GATES?

GATES stands for Gifted And Talented Education Services program in MSAD #6. GATES is a comprehensive K-12 program of formal and informal services provided to effectively nurture the learning needs of those highly able children who differ markedly in their cognitive and affective functions. GATES complies with the state-mandated requirements for gifted programs. more...

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