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2017 WCGTC Biennial World Conference

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2.6.3 The unique barometers of giftedness through the eyes of the highly & profoundly gifted

Innate, Multi-Dimensional, Dynamic Awareness - Giftedness embodies the whole self and can be discerned in all areas of development. This session examines the social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and altruistic development of giftedness and the unique barometers particularly evident, but sometimes hidden, in the highly and profoundly gifted. Key areas of discussion include Dabrowski's over-excitabilities, misdiagnosis, and advocacy for the gifted child. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of the intrinsic characteristics, behaviours, and sensitivities of giftedness and the acute awareness, intensities, and motivations propelling profound giftedness.


Vanessa R. Wood
The International Gifted Consortium, Research Center for the Highly & Profoundly Gifted
United States

Vanessa R. Wood, M.A., Co-Founder, The International Gifted Consortium (IGC), Research Center for the Highly & Profoundly Gifted. Vanessa earned a masters in gifted education while homeschooling and created programs at the Challenge Learning Center and the Chicago Botanic Gardens to fit the social, emotional, physical, cognitive and altruistic needs of HG/PG learners. Vanessa has held volunteer positions with PG Retreat, NAGC and AAGT.

Miraca Gross
University of New South Wales

Professor Miraca Gross is Emeritus Professor of Gifted Education in UNSW's School of Education as well as Director of GERRIC. She is recognised nationally and internationally as a leading authority on the education of gifted and talented students.

She began her career as a teacher and has 22 years' experience as a classroom teacher and school administrator in State education systems in Scotland and Australia. For 12 years, she was a specialist teacher of gifted and talented children in several different classroom settings, including the regular classroom, cluster grouped classes, pullout programs, and full-time classes.


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