Gifted and Talented Supervisor
Is My Child Gifted?
What Should I Do?
Can Giftedness Cause Behavior Problems?
All children are
special and have their own areas of strength. However, some children
have unusually advanced abilities that require special adjustments at
home and school to help them grow and learn. As you watch your child
grow and develop, you may notice skills or characteristics that are
quite different from those of other children the same age. For example,
your child may,
Children can show giftedness in a a variety of ways, arid
often parents are the first to notice special abilities. If you are
seeirlg a number of these behaviors in your childrenl, it mignt be a
signal that their development is somewhat advanced.
members play an important role in providing learning experiences for
children. You can recognize and build on the strengths and talents you
witness in your children. Encourage your children's curiousity and creativity. Help your
children find activities they love. Give your children opporturlities to
take healthy risks as they explore tne wonder around them. Like all children, young gifted children need to become comfortable
with trying new things and learning from mistakes. When your child has
mastered one activity, present an opportunity for new challenges.
Recognize that your child may be ready for experierlces earlier than
other children, and that his or her questions and interests may surprise
and challenge you. Educate yourself about gifted children and about
learning opportunities for tnem in your community. There may be times
when you wish to consult with your family pnysician or a psycologist
who has experience working witn gifted children.
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.
are children first, and like all children may sometimes misbehave.
Although giftedness itself doesn't cause behavior problems, some of the
special characteristics of giftedness may affect behavior. For example,
gifted children are often intense and strong-willed. Some gifted
children are overly perfectionism and impatient with themselves and
others. Gifted children may also sound so adult-like that parents
sometimes expect behavior beyond their children's level of maturity. In
school, gifted children may sometimes act out because they are not
being academically challenged.
You should visit the websites of two national
organizations for premier resources and information about gifted
children and the supports they need at home and at school. The Internet
also provides ready access to information about giftedness and is often
the best first step in finding the information you need to guide your
child. You can also contact your state department of education and your
state's gifted education association for information about your state's
policies and resources to support gifted children.
National Association for Gifted Children