GOLD Students (R) – Gifted Operating with a Learning Difference is way to describe a large segment of the gifted population, who are often not understood. Like Einstein, Edison and Disney, GOLD Students are often extremely intelligent, they can changes the world, but as child, these gifted kids often struggle in school.
We encourage you to consider the following questions:
– Does your child remember places, even from years ago?
– Does your child learn best when he or she sees and experiences information?
– Does your child lose focus when bored or frustrated and hyper-focus when interested?
– Does your child skip words and lines when reading?
– Are your child’s reading comprehension and test scores well below his or her potential?
Learning differences, attention and eye-teaming issues often occur in the struggling gifted students:
– They are right-brain learners — who learn best when the student sees or experiences information
– They have difficulty paying attention to that which is boring, and they can hyper-focus on that which is interesting
– Their eyes skip words and lines when reading, and their visualization skills can be amazing
A GOLD Student can be misunderstood:
– How can you be so good in math and science and so bad at reading and writing — this is often the case
– How can you remember everything about Mindcraft(R) and not remember to bring your soccer gear
– How can you spot something when hiking and skip words and lines when reading
As a parent of a GOLD Student, you may face similar challenges:
– Ms ___________ , your child is doing OK at reading — he is scoring at the 58th percentile. That might seem OK to some, but this child has an IQ that puts him in the top 1% of the population
– Ms __________, there is no reason you have to invest in a program for your child, he will improve on his own.
Mr. and Mrs. ________, we think it would be best if your child went into advanced or even regular classes and was exited from the gifted program
With the new and much more rigorous Common Core Standards, reading comprehension has gone from being important to being Extremely Important. Excellent reading comprehension skills are now needed for math, science and social studies.
As a parent, we were faced with the harsh reality, when a guidance counselor accept the fact that despite her intelligence and work effort, we needed to accept reality. Twenty years later and hundreds of GOLD Students later, we have several recommendations:
1- Read the work of Dr. Linda Silverman from the Gifted Development Center. Many parents of gifted students take their child to Denver for psycho-educational tests at their center>
2- Be committed to your child’s success and open on the how. There is often a need for:
– Improving frequently used word vocabulary – GOLD Students can often understand difficult words they can visualize but have difficulty with words like but, if, except and however, that they cannot visualize
– Teaching your child to visualize what he or she needs
– Improving attention and eye teaming
– Improving self-esteem and self-advocacy skills
We have seen GOLD students rise to the 95th and even the 99th percentile with the right help. Two of our GOLD Students just got perfect ACT scores.
For more information you can visit our GOLD Student Page, coplete the assessment at the bottom of the page with your child and put your child on his or her Pathway from Stress to Outrageous Success