Conceptual Foundations


Asynchronous Development: A Concept Born From Experience and Nurtured by Research

Saturday, November 11
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: 213 A

The concept of asynchronous development of the gifted is intuitively grasped by parents, teachers, and counselors deeply involved in the lives of gifted children. Yet, this notion has only been part of the gifted lexicon for the last 25 years. Historical context yields insights into the origins of ideas that are novel, cutting-edge, and alien to a field of study. This presentation describes how asynchrony became woven into the fabric of the psychology and education of the gifted. The story of The Columbus Group definition demonstrates what can be accomplished when it does not matter who gets the credit.

Barbara Hutton

Head of School
NOVA School


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Linda Silverman

Gifted Development Center

Linda Kreger Silverman, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical and counseling psychologist. She directs the Institute for the Study of Advanced Development (ISAD), and its subsidiaries, the Gifted Development Center [] and Visual-Spatial Resource [], in Denver, Colorado. She has studied the psychology and education of the gifted since 1961 and has written over 300 articles, chapters and books, including Counseling the Gifted and Talented, Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner, Advanced Development: A Collection of Works on Gifted Adults and Giftedness 101.


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Patricia ANN. Gatto-Walden

Psychologist and Consultant for the Gifted
Patricia Gatto-Walden, PhD

Patricia Gatto-Walden, PhD, is a nationally recognized psychologist who has worked therapeutically with thousands of gifted, highly and profoundly gifted children, adolescents and adults for over three decades. In her adjunct Consulting practice for the gifted, she specializes in two areas: holistic health and well-being, and educational consulting for parent groups, academic staff and program development. Patricia has helped parents, educators and administrators understand and accept the multifaceted inner world, needs and concerns of gifted individuals. It is her belief that we must attend daily to the integration and enhancement of the mind, heart, body, spirit and social self to attain health and well-being. Dr. Gatto-Walden is a featured speaker at international and national conferences and educational workshops. She has served two terms as Chair of the Global Awareness Network for the National Association for the Gifted. She is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Educational Advancement and co-founded “Yunasa”, a holistic summer camp for highly gifted youth. She has consulting offices in the Denver and Boulder, Colorado, and Amelia Island and Jupiter, Florida.


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Stephanie S. Tolan

Senior Fellow
Institute for Educational Advancement

Stephanie S. Tolan, M.A., is the Newbery Honor-winning author (Surviving the Applewhites) of more than two dozen novels for children and young adults, co-author of Guiding the Gifted Child and the author of “Is It a Cheetah?” an essay about gifted children that has been translated into more than 40 languages. Tolan has written and spoken about the social, emotional and spiritual needs of the gifted for 30 years and helped design Yunasa, a summer camp for highly gifted children and adolescents focused on balancing mind, body, spirit, emotions and social self. Her most recent book about the gifted is Out of Sync, Essays on Giftedness (Royal Fireworks Press, 2016). Many of her articles are available on her website: Her blog, The Deep End, can be found at


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Kathi Kearney

Gifted Education Specialist
Maine School Administrative District 51

Kathi Kearney is a Gifted Education Specialist in Maine School Administrative District #51, Cumberland, ME. She also teaches online courses in gifted education for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and is a professional associate with the Gifted Development Center in Westminster, CO. Kathi is a former chair of the NAGC Conceptual Foundations Network.


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