Educating Gifted and Talented Children – Turning Research Into Practice

Dr. Sylvia Rimm

From Underachievement to Wondrous Achievement:
Practical Strategies for Motivating Gifted Students

Sylvia Rimm

Dr. Sylvia Rimm, USA

Underachievement Syndrome has become an educational epidemic. Many gifted children who sit in our classrooms do not work up to their ability. Patterns which cause underachievement take place at home and in the classroom.  Parents and teachers may overlook or misinterpret the symptoms and may be manipulated by children in ways that accidentally maintain the problems.

This presentation will focus on ways that parents, teachers, counselors, and psychologists can identify the patterns of underachievement at home and at school and on practical strategies they can help these children in the prevention and cure of underachievement syndrome.

The TRIFOCAL Model for reversing underachievement will be introduced. Related materials include the AIM-TO test instrument for identification, the book Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades and What You Can Do About Itand the Guidebook, Underachievement Syndrome: Causes and Cures.


Dr. Sylvia Rimm is a psychologist who directs the Family Achievement Clinic in Ohio and specializes in working with gifted children and adults.  She is also a clinical professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Rimm speaks and publishes internationally on parenting, giftedness, creativity, and underachievement.  Among her many books are Education of the Gifted and Talented, Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades and What You Can Do About It, How to Parent So Children Will Learn, Keys to Parenting the Gifted Child, See Jane Win®, How Jane Won, and See Jane Win for Girls.  See Jane Win® was a New York Times Best Seller and was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and in People magazine. Dr. Rimm was a longtime contributor to The Today Show, hosted Family Talk on public radio nationally, and served on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Gifted Children. She has received the prestigious Anne F. Isaacs, Robert Rossmiller and Palmarium awards for her lifetime contributions to gifted children.