Gifted Adults and Family Dynamics

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Characteristics of Gifted Children

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Characteristics of Gifted Children

By  | Submitted On September 02, 2014

Is your child gifted? Parents can spend a significant amount of time, energy, and money on learning aids and educational tools for gifted and talented children. All children are unique and deserve the best possible education, but how can you tell if your child is truly gifted? What are some of the characteristics of gifted children? Fortunately, there are several traits usually associated with high intelligence that may differentiate these children from others learning alongside them.

Intellectual Characteristics

Observe your child’s reasoning abilities. Gifted children can listen to multi-step directions from their parents, guardians or teachers and carry them out successfully where other young children may be limited to simple single or double-step directions.

Listen to your child’s speech. Gifted children develop advanced speech abilities at an early age. They can say their first words at a young age, often even surprising their parents and may start speaking full sentences well before their peers. Also pay attention to the use advanced vocabulary and multi-syllabic words in their speech.

Observe your child’s reading abilities. Gifted children not only begin reading at an early age but they also enjoy being read to for prolonged periods by their parents or caregivers.

Your child may be gifted if they learn quickly and are able to retain information easily. Gifted kids are often fast learners and have above-average memories.

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Emotions and Judgment

Examine whether your child is highly sensitive or unusually compassionate for their age. Gifted children have been observed acting more like adults than children in difficult emotional situations.

Many gifted and talented children are perfectionists and hold themselves to very high work standards (regardless if that work is a complex word puzzle or a simple coloring exercise). Gifted children may get angry or frustrated when they are unable to master tasks as quickly as they would like to.

Gifted children can be morally sensitive and even preoccupied with justice and fairness. They will often question their parents and authority when they feel that rules are arbitrary and inconsistent. The greatest clashes often occur with authority figures (usually teachers) who they view as rigid and unfair.

Children with high intellectual abilities often exhibit extremely mature judgment for their age, for example, identifying television content as inappropriate and switching to a more appropriate channel without being asked to do so by an adult.

While most children have a preference to identify with their same-age peers, gifted children sometimes prefer the company of older children and even adults, but are still able to relate well with people of all ages (even including younger kids).

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Interests, Creativity and Drive

Observe your child’s energy and ability to pay attention to things that interest him for extended periods of time. While many children often exhibit high levels of energy and spiritedness, children with high intelligence are often able to channel their energy to areas in which they have deep interest – usually showing intense focus for longer periods of time than normal.

Next Steps

Gifted children can greatly benefit from structured learning programs that focus on both core learning and more advanced educational topics.

Wade Luders is the founder of KinderIQ, a unique, research-based learning program for preschool and kindergarten children that combines fun online questions with play-to-learn activities made especially for young learners. Try it today for free!

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Being Gifted

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High IQ and Socially Isolated? Gifted and/or Asperger Syndrome?

Asperger Syndrome

Reading this article about Asperger Syndrome made me thinking about how close giftedness in combination with social isolation can be to a form of autism – Asperger syndrome. Enjoy this article and please share me your comments. Please also check out this link to a helpful guide here.

 

 

Explaining Asperger Syndrome

 

By Maxine Wagner

 

Have you ever heard of Asperger Syndrome? Well, it is a known neuro-physiologic disorder that was accepted formally in 1994 after Austrian doctor Hans Asperger identified it in 1944.

 

Asperger Syndrome is not considered an illness or disease that can be given from one person to another. This condition is often present at birth and takes time before a person is consider showing patterns of Asperger Syndrome. This is a diagnosis for children that are in the world of autism. These are pervasive developmental disorder known as PDD, or Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Asperger Syndrome has severe deficits as well as pervasive impairment. Development areas that suffer include communication impairment, reciprocal social interaction impairment and other behavior, activity and interest presences that are associated with such a disorder.

 

A child with Asperger Syndrome has trouble socially including reacting differently than others and having trouble understanding certain things. Someone that has this won’t understand various social elements as body language and facial expressions as well. They don’t even do well when it comes to making eye contact and maintaining it. Another symptom is they have sensory issues including not being able to judge personal space and are attracted to certain foods or fabrics only. Asperger Syndrome sufferers also don’t do well with change or going through a transition. They even go by their own rules no matter if they are instructed otherwise. Each person with Asperger Syndrome can have their own compensation of symptoms.

 

 
Most of the common symptoms include:

 

* Talking extremely well for their age yet having trouble communicating because they don’t understand listening and talking go together.

 

* Constantly preferring to be with adults or older children rather than children their own age.

 

* Extreme criticism sensitivity.

 

Yet another element of Asperger Syndrome in children is they have a high or at least an average IQ score. These children will also have trouble making friends and keeping friends. They are often bullied because they have social issues since they have this condition that can lead to abnormal repetition issues and various awkward actions. Even their speech can take on abnormalities.

 

When it comes to treating Asperger Syndrome there are no medications for it directly. Nevertheless, such medication used for obsessive compulsive, anxiety and attention deficit diagnosis is often prescribed for this condition as well. Often as a person gets older the symptoms lessen and the person learns to cope with their condition. As it is a genetic condition, complete cure has not been found but coping with many of the associated symptoms has been helped by therapy and behavioral counseling.

 

• parent education and training

 

• specialized educational interventions for the child

 

• social skills training

 

• language therapy

 

• sensory integration training for younger kids, usually performed by an occupational therapist, in which they are desensitized to stimuli to which they’re overly sensitive

 

• psychotherapy or behavioral/cognitive therapy for older children

 

• medications

 

Currently there are some schools that provide normal schooling for children diagnosed with this syndrome but the progress is dependent on the teachers, caregivers and parents while others receive education at special schools.

 

For the latest videos and training information on child development as well as books and curricula please visit www.childdevelopmentmedia.com.

 

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How to cope with Career Challenges of Gifted Adults

Gifted adults can have challenges with their career plans. Please read this article and share me your comments.

 

Career Development For Gifted Adutls

 

By Cathy Goodwin

 

Gifted adults often face unique career career challenges. They’re often described with words that seem negative in the context of most corporate jobs. For instance, gifted adults can seem restless and undirected. They juggle several projects at the same time. They come across as intense and supremely focused.

 

When children are gifted, they often get into trouble at school because they are bored. They are not always the “A” students because their minds don’t work in conventional ways. Teachers often don’t know what to do with them.

 

However, being a gifted child can bring rewards because children are praised and rewarded for learning and scoring high on tests. Adults are rewarded for broader forms of success, which require social skills and personality traits that often conflict with the gifted adult’s nature.

 

Many gifted adults have felt “different” since childhood. Some understand that they don’t fit in because their mind works differently. But others think there’s something wrong with them.

 

When gifted children become adults, they face unique career challenges, especially if they don’t recognize themselves as gifted. They might try to fit into corporate life, only to get frustrated. Corporate life rewards qualities like frustration tolerance and conformity. Gifted adults tend to get bored easily and have trouble conforming, even when they want to.

 

Gifted adults tend to be rewarded when they find themselves in careers and environments that support their abilities. Examples include scientists, professors in research-oriented universities, authors, and many professionals. Some gifted adults know how to “play the game,” moving beyond unrewarding entry level jobs to reach positions where they can use their gifts.

 

Unfortunately, other gifted adults remain stuck in jobs where they are guaranteed to remain misfits. A manager who conceptualizes the company’s problems easily can get repressed by bosses who don’t encourage her to explore these directions. A worker in a dead-end job who lacked the education and social skills that would let him move to a more congenial environment can’t use his mind.

 

If you relate to these descriptions, you may encounter difficulties not only with career choice but with career guidance. Career counselors can be intimidated by gifted clients. They are trained to discourage career changers from moving in too many directions at once. They see gifted clients who seem to grasp ideas really quickly but sometimes have trouble translating these ideas into action.

 

In particular, gifted adults tend to catch on to things so quickly they face two dilemmas in choosing a new course. First, they seem to be good at so many things, they say it’s hard to choose. Second, they (and their advisors) often say, “You’re really good at this. Maybe it should be your career.” Aptitude turns out to be a small part of career satisfaction, so it is important to look at the total picture, including personality and style.

 

Career Change Expert Cathy Goodwin, Ph.D., creates career development resources for mid-life, mid-career executives, professionals and business owners who want to explore new directions realistically. Now you can download for FREE a 12-session e-course on Midlife Career Strategy: 12 “lessons” delivered to your inbox, with tips and ideas Cathy shares with her private paying clients. Available now for immediate download: http://www.MidlifeCareerChoice.com

 

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3 Tips To Living With Gifted Children

Did you ever ask yourself how to live with gifted children? Then read this article which has 3 tips for you.

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Gifted Children – 3 Tip To Living With Them

By Trevor I Wilson

 

Tip 1 – Be Gentle

 

Be gentle with your gifted child. These children are often more sensitive. They are extra sensitive both physically and emotionally. Because your child can be advanced in some areas beyond their years it’s easy to expect more in areas where they are not advanced. This can lead to conflicts. So be aware of their sensitivities by observing them and learning where you need to be extra gentle.

 

Tip 2 – Gifted Children Tend to be Perfectionists

 

Since gifted kids often have the tendency to be perfectionists it’s important to be aware of this in your child. Their desire to do it right can cause them to give up before they start. If they feel they can’t do it perfectly then they don’t want to even try. I have seen this multiple times with my daughter.

 

It is important to take the time to work with your child and help them understand that messing up or not being perfect is normal, and it’s how we learn. You can explain that failure is failing to learn from our mistakes. You can share stories of people like Edison had to try multiple different ideas before he got the light bulb to work.

 

Tip 3 – Realize it’s Hard For Gifted Children to Admit Wrong

 

Another trait that many gifted kids have is that they find it very difficult to admit they are wrong. Due to their strong perfectionism they expect to be right. And due to their above average intellectual abilities. As the father of a gifted daughter it is not always easy to know how to deal with her giftedness. However there are three tips I’d like to share that have helped me interact with my daughter better.s they usually are right. So when they are wrong it can be devastating and they do not want to admit it.

 

By being aware of this tendency in your child you can be more gentle in how you deal with their mistakes and wrongs. Just simply point out the error and then let them know that we all make mistakes. Then move on. Even if they do not fully acknowledge the mistake, they know they were wrong.

 

By not making a big deal out of the situation you will help preserve their sensitive personality while still letting them know that they were wrong. Later when they are not worked up over the error then you might sit and gently discuss with them that being able to admit wrong is a good thing. No one is perfect and being able to admit mistakes is part of life.

 

These three tips can help you better understand and interact with the gifted children in your life. Being sensitive to the needs of other people is also a good quality to enhance in our own lives.

 

I encourage you to visit the Tootlee website today. You will discover the stories of some amazing gifted children and what they are accomplishing. These amazing kids have lots to offer the world.

 

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