Gifted Student Resource Center


A Dayton-area communications professor can help you:

  • Identify if your child is exceptionally gifted or talented.

  • Work with those who are: and fully develop their talents.

  • Work with those who are not: and help them develop to be the best they can be.

Gifted children’s characteristics:

  • Many gifted children learn to read early, read widely, quickly, and intensely and have large vocabularies.

  • They often have keen powers of observation and an eye for important details. 

  • They often take great pleasure in intellectual activity. 

  • They readily see cause-effect relationships. 

  • They often display a questioning attitude and seek information for its own sake.

  • They are often skeptical, critical, and evaluative, and can spot inconsistencies. 

  • They quickly perceive similarities, differences, and anomalies. 

  • They are flexible thinkers, able to use many different alternatives and approaches to problem solving. 

  • They are original thinkers, seeking new, unusual, or unconventional associations and combinations among items of information. 

  • They are elaborate thinkers, producing new steps, ideas, responses, or other approaches to a basic idea, situation, or problems. 

  • They are good guessers and can readily construct hypotheses or "what if" questions. 

  • They are extremely curious about objects, ideas, situations, or events. 

  • They are sensitive to beauty and are attracted to aesthetic values.
    (Source: MENSA Supporters of the Gifted and Talented).


Factors to consider: 

Even though gifted children have many advantages in life, many of them are underachievers. Some of the negative traits include: increased inner conflict, lack of sufficient challenge in schoolwork, anxiety, low frustration tolerance, lack of impulse control, etc.

What I do:

Help you evaluate your child’s level of natural talent and giftedness in several areas.
Develop a specific tutoring program to help them achieve, regardless of their current level.
I focus on helping them develop, both physically and mentally, using the latest methods.


For more information: 

Please contact: Dr. Richard D. Sheridan, sheridanacademics@gmail.com or by telephone: (916) 716-1608.