Signs of being gifted

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When parents are considering whether or not their child is gifted, I recommend that they look at both typical and atypical signs of giftedness. The more traditional signs of giftedness is more school based and cognitive ability. So we would look at things like, meeting developmental milestones ahead of schedule or excelling in academic areas. I think the other areas that parents may consider is those that are not school based. The ones that create creativity, art, music. Some of the greatest minds that we have in our society are individuals who did not do well -- actually, not even considered to be good students in school. Those include Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Pablo Picasso, and Winston Churchill. For parents, I think it is important to remember to look outside the box.

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Jennifer Cassatly, PsyD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Cassatly has extensive training and experience working with children, adolescents, adults and families. She specializes in addressing symptoms of anxiety, depression, academic challenges, and low self-esteem that are often associated with youth diagnosed with learning differences, ADHD, and behavioral problems. She consults with school personnel and parents about special education, and collaborates with experts in associated fields including psychiatry, educational therapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, and alternative/holistic therapies. In addition, she has worked as an adjunct professor and supervises doctoral interns in both her practice and in community agencies. Dr. Cassatly is committed to community service and has been actively involved with A Home Within, Venice Family Clinic, and The Housing and Education Program at the YMCA, Santa Monica.

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