Non-verbal ability does not readily show itself on standardised
achievement testing or in schoolwork – especially after Year 1 when students
are increasingly asked to show what they know in writing.
High non-verbal ability might take a little detective to discover.
These are sometimes the kids who seem pretty typical yet surprise us with an
insight, suddenly perform a task beyond their years or simply seem to “know”
without being able to explain how they know. These are the kids who are often
left out of gifted programs in school yet they offer the sort of 21st
century skills that will make our world a better place.
This book is addressed to all those parents who wonder about their
child’s flashes of brilliance but cannot quite lay a finger on a particular
gift. It’s addressed to teachers – public, private and home school – who see
the same gleam in a student’s eyes. Finally, it’s addressed to parents whose
children have already been identified gifted and talented through their school
and whose children may or may not be served by gifted and talented programs
designed specifically to meet the needs of non-verbally gifted students. This
is a conversation between you and me – a teacher and a parent of non-verbally
Topics discussed in Understanding
& Nurturing Non-Verbally Gifted Learners include Understanding
Non-Verbally Gifted Learners, Characteristics of Non-Verbal Ability, Nurturing
Non-Verbal Ability in Gifted Learners and more.