On Thursday, October 4, 2012, Boulder Valley Gifted and Talented (BVGT) hosts, When Being Smart Isn’t Enough: The Role Executive Function Skills Play in the Development of Organization and Study Skills. This event will include a discussion of what executive function is, how it differs from intelligence, and how we can best support our gifted children in developing those executive functioning skills that will help them be successful in school and life.
Weaknesses in executive function are frequently seen in children with learning disabilities, including twice exceptional children. However, even gifted children without learning disabilities often lag in development of executive functioning as compared to their more advanced intellectual skills. Uneven development is so common among the gifted that the term “gifted” itself has been defined as,
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.
Especially as schools and organizations like NAGC focus their efforts toward children who are performing highly, it becomes important for gifted children to develop their organizational skills and study skills in order to be recognized and supported as gifted. Per the Columbus Group definition of gifted above, the more gifted a child, the more likely his executive functioning skills are to lag behind his intellectual skills. Thus, the highly gifted child may be so disorganized or emotionally intense and immature at times, that he is less likely to be recognized as gifted at all when looking at definitions of giftedness such as those put forth by the NAGC,
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).
… Parent, teacher, or student recommendations, a high mark on an examination, or a high IQ score are not giftedness… [emphasis mine]
This can be especially bad news for twice exceptional and highly gifted children making this presentation especially important for parents of children who fall into these subsets of the gifted population. The event is free to the public although BVGT appreciates donations to support their ongoing programming.
Date: October 4, 2012
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Mackintosh Academy, Community Room
6717 South Boulder Road, Boulder, CO 80303