Insight & Growth    
Children of divorce

Gifted and Talented Children

 

Children who are gifted often show advanced intellectual ability, abundant creativity, and heightened emotions and sensitivity and/or perfectionism.    Their intellectual ability leads them to be curious, constantly asking questions, and seeking to understand �why� things work.  Children who are creatively gifted often take a different path to solving problems, see many possibilities, and may be more interested in questions than in answers.  

Giftedness is often accompanied by heightened sensitivity, and such children have a strong sense of intuition, feel things more deeply than others, and demonstrate empathy for others through caring friendships or concern for broader social issues.

Giftedness can have two different sides, and it is                                          . important that parents understand the not-so-positive                                   . side so they can support their child through these                                         . difficulties.  Intellectual ability can at times lead                                             . to impatience, criticalness, or acting like a "know-it-all".                              Others may find their curiosity and constant questions                                  . to be a challenge.  Creativity may lead to escapes into                               fantasy,  and emotional sensitivity can prompt feelings                               of fearfulness or anxiety.                                                 

A gifted child may be out-of-step with their same age peers, and may experience uneven growth in the areas of intellectual, emotional, and physical development.  To have the intelligence of an adult and the emotions of a child is a challenging task.

Gifted children benefit from a sensitive and flexible approach to parenting and teaching.  They have exceptional needs beyond what regular school classroom programs offer, and require special accommodations and learning opportunities to reach their full potential.  Gifted students often face special challenges due to the different way they look at the world, and because their needs are so different from their same-age peers.  

A comprehensive psycho-educational assessment can identify a gifted child and their unique needs and challenges, and establish the child�s eligibility for participation in a Gifted and Talented Education (G.A.T.E.) program.  Teachers in a regular stream classroom can use the insights and recommendations in an assessment report to provide enhanced learning experiences and accommodations for the gifted student.     

           

Parental strategies for nurturing their child�s giftedness include:

  • Encouraging and supporting their creativity and passion for learning
  • Showing by example that learning is a part of everyday life
  • Feeding their mind with discussions and learning opportunities
  • Acknowledging when don�t know the answer, and then searching for the solution together
  • When you both disagree, listening and considering their point-of-view
  • Learning more about giftedness and multiple intelligences
  • Obtaining an assessment of their child's gifts and challenges

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