You know your child better than anyone else, and that makes you your child's best advocate. Gifted learners benefit when parents and schools work in partnership to recognize and respond to children's advanced learning needs. Consult with your child's teacher to learn more about what is happening in the classroom and to share observations about your child's strengths and interests. There may be gifted programs, gifted specialists, or other resources in your school or district to help you and your child. Many options exist for gifted children, including enrichment pull-out classes, cluster grouping, subject or grade skipping, independent studies, and summer or weekend gifted programs. You and the school can work together to determine the best program to meet your child's needs. Learn about parent advocacy and advisory groups in your district and how you can get involved.
Some school districts are very responsive to the needs of gifted children, while others are not. It is important to be respectful and patient, but equally important to persevere and be determined.Some gifted children may show strengths across all academic areas and continue to excel throughout school. Other gifted children may excel in one area, but be average or even below average in another area. Still other gifted children may start by showing high achievement across all areas, but later demonstrate high ability only in one or two areas. It is not uncommon for gifted children to show an uneven pattern of performance. However, if a child is significantly struggling in an area, consult with school professionals about the possibility of a learning disability. A trained psychologist and school personnel can work together to develop an educational plan that will respond to both giftedness and the learning disability.