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The Universal Experience of Being Out-Of-Sync with Linda Silverman, PH.D
When giftedness is defined as asynchronous development, it is not limited by ethnicity, gender, age, socio-economic status, or geographical or political boundaries. In all cultures, there are children who progress through the developmental milestones at a more rapid rate than their peers. The brighter they are, the more uneven their development is likely to be—intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally. They are also likely to be out-of-sync with their agemates and with age-related cultural norms. Intellectual and personality characteristics accompany asynchrony: sensitivity, intensity, curiosity, perceptiveness, complexity, reflectiveness, and perfectionism. These characteristics are lifelong and differentiate the experience of gifted individuals from birth to maturity.
Linda Kreger Silverman, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical and counseling psychologist. She directs the Institute for the Study of Advanced Development, and its subsidiaries, the Gifted Development Center (www.gifteddevelopment.com) and Visual-Spatial Resource (www.visualspatial.org), in Denver, Colorado.
In the last 39 years, she has studied over 6,500 children who have been assessed at GDC, the largest data bank on this population. This research enabled the creation of extended norms on the WISC-IV. Her Ph.D. is in educational psychology and special education from the University of Southern California. For nine years, she served on the faculty of the University of Denver in counseling psychology and gifted education. She has been studying the psychology and education of the gifted since 1961 and has written over 300 articles, chapters and books, including Counseling the Gifted and Talented, Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner, Advanced Development: A Collection of Works on Gifted Adults, and Giftedness 101.
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