is a still-running longitudinal study begun in 1921 to examine the development and characteristics of gifted children into adulthood. The study was started by Lewis Terman at Stanford University and is now the oldest and longest running longitudinal study in the world.
Mental retardation: individuals with IQ scores below 70 and who have a severe deficiency in everyday adaptive functioning – the ability to care for themselves and relate to others.
Individuals with IQs ranging from 55 to 70 are considered mildly retarded; from 40 to 55, moderately retarded; from 25-40, severely retarded; and below 25, profoundly retarded.
Inclusion educating mentally retarded students in regular schools and may involve placing these students in classes with non-retarded students for part of the day or in special classrooms in regular schools.
If the child is not identified as gifted, it may be because the school does not provide any special programs or services for gifted children. Beware the phrase of “all of our children are gifted". It tells that may not be a gifted education program at all.