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ASPEN provides families and individuals whose lives are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders (Asperger Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder-NOS, High Functioning Autism), and Nonverbal Learning Disabilities with education about issues surrounding the disorders; support in knowing that families are not alone, and in helping individuals with ASD’s and NLD achieve their maximum potential; advocacy in areas of appropriate educational programs, medical research funding, adult issues and increased public awareness and understanding.

This article by Julia Osborn distinguishes between “testing” and “assessment.” The author then focuses on some of the important and unique issues involved when assessing gifted children’s cognitive, academic, and social/emotional functioning. This short article is one of the definitive articles in the field on the assessment of gifted children.

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. They do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

Written for both parents and educators, Drs. Dona Matthews and Joanne Foster present practical strategies to identify and nurture exceptionally high ability in children. These authors promote the “mastery” (rather than the “mystery”) model of gifted education and challenge several common practices and assumptions. They assert that if children are to learn optimally, teachers must provide them with educational experiences that are appropriate for each individual child’s level of readiness. An important step in the process of determining a child’s level of learning is pre-testing before starting a new unit of instruction to discover the correct level of classroom instruction necessary for each child. The authors also advocate achievement testing for the same reason, and they explain how this works in the classroom.

The mission of the Belin-Blank Center is to empower and serve the international gifted community through exemplary leadership in programs, research, and advocacy. Through several initiatives including: The Acceleration Institute, The Belin-Blank Center identifies gifted, talented, and artistic learners; provides assessment, counseling, and consultation services; increases awareness and use of acceleration; and facilitates the professional development of educators and administrators.

In addition to her practice in Santa Monica, Dr. Beth is a consultant and evaluator for the Mirman School for Gifted Children, Head Start Preschools, the Pasadena School District Preschool Team, and more. She offers assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning related to giftedness, kindergarten readiness, learning disorders, and austistic spectrum disorders. She also helps develop IEPs, consult on school placement, and review previous assessments.

Beyond Giftedness Conference is dedicated to providing information to help you understand and work with gifted children. The conference is held on the last Friday in February in Arvada, Colorado. With a focus on practical tools that can be used with the gifted children in your life, it features keynote presentations and breakouts given by leaders in the field of gifted education, exhibitors, a parent workshop, and the opportunity to connect with others in the field of gifted education.

Byrdseed is about better understanding the gifted learners. Readers will learn how to differentiate lessons, teach across the content areas, and appreciate gifted kids’ unique social and emotional needs.

California Advocacy Group specializes in helping families with children diagnosed with or suspected of having developmental disabilities—from mild to severe—obtain the tools, programs and social services needed for the best quality of life.

The California Association for the Gifted (CAG) is an organization of educators, parents, and community members who believe that just as giftedness is defined by diverse academic, social, and emotional traits and abilities, giftedness is also identified within the diverse preschool – 12th grade student populations in the school. The organization provides the resources to support understanding of appropriate developmental and differentiated identification and curriculum practices.

The California Learning Strategies Center helps parents get their advanced and gifted children the education they deserve, inside and outside the classroom. They provide parent guides, consulting services, DVDs, and free parent resources.

Child Development Institute was formed in 1999 and has been providing information to parents through its website ever since. The website currently receives over 2 million visitors per year. The website was recommended for parents by the American Psychological Association and Psychology Today during its first year of operation. The site is linked to by thousands of sites including universities, school districts, professional organizations and public agencies.

The Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented (CAGT) is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization of parents, educators, and others interested in promoting appropriate education, including creative and critical thinking, for gifted and talented children while seeking public recognition and support for the special needs of gifted and talented children.

The Connecticut Association for the Gifted provides enrichment, resources, and advocacy to develop the talented, gifted, high-potential, and twice-exceptional individuals of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, and the communities who support them in Connecticut.