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MORE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GIFTEDNESS

Nurturing Your Child

Giftedness is a matter of nature (i.e. heredity trait) in combination with nurture (how the child is raised). Each child is born with a certain potential – think of it as a range. Proper nurture will allow the child to blossom and grow into their inherent potential. Repressive or suppressive upbringing will prevent this free development. But a child is more than just their intelligence – their temperament, displayed through their personality, is independent of their intelligence.

The combination of intelligence, temperament and upbringing will mold the child into the adult they will become one day. Obviously, by definition, not every child will be gifted. And also by definition far far fewer will ever grow up to become genuises. However, EVERY child deserves the chance to develop to their fullest potential. And the best way to do this is to allow the child to develop freely, according to their own interests and abilities – never being forced, cajoled or coaxed towards parental goals and ambitions. If each individual child were allowed to follow their heart’s desires, and this should be from the very beginning, we would see far more people achieving excellence in a variety of domains.

Teach RightAll kids are born with an innate desire to learn, to experiment, to explore. This is what true creativity and innovation is all about. But adults force kids to follow their own (adult) agendas, and thus choke these inherent potentials. Although most children will not be gifted, in the sense that they will not be able to master several different domains at a pace that bewilders most people, most children WILL be able to achieve excellence in some area that they love if only given a chance to do so. And if the child is gifted and given this same consideration, then the child will be free to achieve excellence in whatever area they choose, as typically gifted children will have multiple interests and the capacity to develop these as well.


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  • “How Do I Know if My Child is Gifted?” “Is my child gifted?” That is a question many parents ask. Finding the answer is not always easy because gifted children are individuals. They are as different from one another as non-gifted children are from other non-gifted children. However, gifted children have enough in common to make it possible to determine if a child is gifted or not. One just has to consider several different factors.
  • Defining Characteristics of Giftedness Useful article on distinguishing the differences between average, smart, gifted and exceptionally gifted children.
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Preschool chess players

  • Frequently Asked Questions About Extreme Intelligence in Very Young Children. This article offers answers about developmental needs, testing and assessment, challenges in raising a profoundly gifted young child, educational needs, play and preschool. Also included is a list of resources.
  • Social and Emotional Problems affecting Gifted Children Gifted Children have distinct social and emotional needs arising from the giftedness. These can lead to problems if not understood and properly nurtured.
  • Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted Child by Pamela Clark, PhD. Presentation slides.
  • Overexcitability and the Gifted Polish psychologist Kazimierz Dabrowski identified five of these intensities, which he called “overexcitabilities” or “supersensitivities”: Psychomotor, Sensual, Emotional, Intellectual, and Imaginational. Gifted children tend to have more than one of these intensities, although one is usually dominant.
  • Profiles of the Gifted and Talented This article by George Betts and Maureen Neihart offers a succinct chart that profiles 6 different “types” of gifted individuals. They are successful, challenging, underground, dropouts, double-labeled and autonomous. It includes their feelings, attitudes, behaviors, needs, adults & peers perceptions, identification, home and school support.
  • Dr Bertie Kigore’s chart on learning traits of high achievers, gifted learners and creative thinkers

Useful Information on Child Development in Various Areas

Gifted Children are frequently early in achieving some, many or even all of these typical developmental milestones

3-year old artist

3-year old artist

Other Relevant Information on Parenting the Gifted

Natural Temperament and Learning Styles must also be considered. Research indicates these two factors are essentially inborn and that a child’s maximum potential can only be reached when these factors are taken into consideration. The following links provide only selective information. A more comprehensive resource will be made available later.


FUN ONLINE TESTS FROM VARIOUS SOURCES (all FOC!)

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