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Research Article  |   May 2009
Invited Commentary on “Sensory Sensitivities of Gifted Children”
Author Affiliations
  • Winnie Dunn, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, is Professor and Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy Education, University of Kansas Medical Center, 3901 Rainbow Boulevard, Kansas City, KS 66160; wdunn@kumc.edu
Article Information
Evidence-Based Practice / Children and Youth
Research Article   |   May 2009
Invited Commentary on “Sensory Sensitivities of Gifted Children”
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May/June 2009, Vol. 63, 296-300. doi:10.5014/ajot.63.3.296
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May/June 2009, Vol. 63, 296-300. doi:10.5014/ajot.63.3.296
Abstract

This commentary provides an analysis of an article by Gere, Capps, Mitchell, and Grubbs (2009) about sensory sensitivities of gifted children. The article reports that children who are gifted are more sensitive to sensory experiences. Researchers hypothesized that children's sensitivities contribute to their excellent problem-solving skills and might contribute to their challenges with social interaction. The coexistence of a helpful and challenging characteristic that may be related to sensory sensitivity suggests the need for additional intervention paradigms that support all aspects of children's participation. The Gere et al. (2009) study invites occupational therapists to consider broader perspectives about who would benefit from services and how we might provide services in a school context. This article offers suggestions that would strengthen future studies with gifted children and outlines strategies for evidence-based practice that include children who are gifted.