Understanding the Neurology and Overexcitabilities of the Gifted


Presenter: Lori Comallie-Caplan
Core Area: Social and Emotional
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Why do gifted children sometimes have sensitivities or tendencies that challenge teachers and parents? Overexcitabilities are common occurrences in GT children due to their hyper-efficient brains. There are specific skills and strategies to help identify and equip gifted children with overexcitabilities.

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In this 1-hour course, Lori Comallie-Caplan will explain the biology behind overexcitabilities in gifted children, and give practical strategies to identify them and manage them within the classroom or home. Ms. Comallie-Caplan also focuses on giving gifted children understanding and tools to manage their own overexcitabilities for a lifetime.

You will learn how to:

  • Name five characteristics of the biology of the gifted brain
  • Describe each of five types of overexcitability
  • Describe both the strengths and the problems that are associated with the five overexcitabilities
  • Name at least three strategies for working with each overexcitability

This course is aligned with 2016 ODE Teacher Competencies d, e, and NAGC Teacher Preparation Standards 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, and 5.5.

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680 reviews for Understanding the Neurology and Overexcitabilities of the Gifted

  1. Gina – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    It was good, but lots of info to pack into 1 hour.

  2. Rosa – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    lots of good information

  3. Anna – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    The questions are difficult to answer.

  4. Laura – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    I think Ms. Lori did a good job with lots of details about the OEs. Her personal stories helped, too.

  5. Jennifer – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    How to challenge GT students.

  6. Susana – YSLETA ISD (verified owner)

    Very Informational

  7. Diana – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    It was great.

  8. Marcela – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    It was very interesting and I liked all the examples the presenter gave of each and every overexcitabilities. I can now see how many children can be misdiagnosed,

  9. Martha – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    Helpful in understanding gifted student behaviors

  10. Kristina – HALLSVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    Lots of great information.

  11. Veronica – YSLETA ISD (verified owner)

    This is great information.

  12. Pauline – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    The course has great information that is helpful.

  13. Kelly – COLLEGE STATION ISD (verified owner)

    interesting to break down and go over each overexcitiability

  14. Teresita – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    overexcitabilities understand educators to better support GT students

  15. Claudia – UNITED ISD (verified owner)

    A lot of important and useful information

  16. Virginia – YSLETA ISD (verified owner)

    The course was extremely interesting . I learned a lot of fact and how to better understand the gt students.

  17. Ivette – YSLETA ISD (verified owner)

    Very informational

  18. Laura – YSLETA ISD (verified owner)


  19. Lizvia – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative.

  20. Olga – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    Great Presentation

  21. Mary – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)


  22. Teresa – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative

  23. Mayra – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)


  24. Armando – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative and interesting.

  25. Carmen – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)


  26. Estrella – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    The course was detailed and on topic.

  27. Mary – JASPER ISD (verified owner)

    Enjoyable, informative

  28. Norma – MANSFIELD ISD (verified owner)

    Good information

  29. Tiffany – MARBLE FALLS ISD (verified owner)

    Hard to hear and it was lots of stuff that I already knew.

  30. Scott – Bexley City Schools (verified owner)

    This was a fairly standard presentation from a knowledgeable speaker who did, at times, oversimply the neuroscience. The quizzes were mostly acceptable, though they displayed that tendency for exactness that misses the heart of the issue, mistaking perfect correctness for wisdom.

  31. Aurelia – SPRING BRANCH ISD (verified owner)

    Good training, very informative!

  32. Leanne – HALLSVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    This was a great course on GT overexcitabilties.

  33. Robin – HILLSBORO ISD (verified owner)

    It gave clear characteristics of each of the overexcitabilities.

  34. Sylvia – MCALLEN ISD (verified owner)

    Great Course!

  35. Arlene – MCALLEN ISD (verified owner)

    Great information on this topic. I found it very interesting to hear about the overexcitabiliites since I have a husband and child who are gifted learners and have experienced these.

  36. Yvonne – YSLETA ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative

  37. Jill – COLLEGE STATION ISD (verified owner)


  38. Magdalena – YSLETA ISD (verified owner)

    I really liked learning about the five overexcitabilities.

  39. Melinda – YSLETA ISD (verified owner)

    I like that it wasn’t an overload of information.

  40. Gabriel – YSLETA ISD (verified owner)

    great course

  41. Ana – YSLETA ISD (verified owner)

    great course

  42. Dina – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    Very interesting and helpful in understanding the needs of the student.

  43. Lisa – RIESEL ISD (verified owner)

    very informative

  44. juancarlos – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)


  45. Stephanie – MANSFIELD ISD (verified owner)

    lots of good info

  46. Mabel – YSLETA ISD (verified owner)

    This course is very interesting.

  47. Cynthia – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    Good information!

  48. Debra – YSLETA ISD (verified owner)

    Awesome…Great and interesting information.

  49. Marylyn – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative mixed with humorous situations.

  50. Liz – WESLACO ISD (verified owner)

    Great information to help me understand the students that I work with.

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