Processing Speed and the Gifted/Twice-Exceptional Child

A few months ago, I wrote a short piece about processing speed that found its way onto a Facebook group for parenting gifted and twice-exceptional children. The post was a response to an innocent question posed by a parent wondering why her child scored lower in this area on the WISC-V (Wechsler Scale of Intelligence). I was surprised to find more than 100 responses from the group. Apparently, I had touched a nerve.

Processing speed is a complex variable, especially for highly gifted and twice-exceptional children. Due to atypical neurodevelopment, these individuals experience asynchronous growth characterized by intense epigenetic signatures (sensory prints) and a delayed (but intense, and easily overwhelmed) limbic system. Some refer t...


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About Michael Postma

Dr. Michael Postma is the director of programming at SENG and the president of Gifted & Thriving, LLC. He also is the father of three twice-exceptional children. With more than 20 years of experience as a teacher, administrator, author, and consultant, Dr. Postma continues promote the social, emotional, and academic needs of the gifted/2e population. His latest book is "The Inconvenient Student: Critical Issues in the Identification and Education of Twice-Exceptional Students." He can be reached at [email protected]