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
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.
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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.
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Did you ever ask yourself how to live with gifted children? Then read this article which has 3 tips for you.
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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Gifted Adults, You Don’t Have to Finish What You Start!
By Sonia Dabboussi
Gifted adults have interests in so many things they often find themselves getting caught in the never-finish-what-you-started syndrome. They begin somewhere around 1000 projects, or so it seems, and never really reach the end of any of them. Then, of course, they duly proceed to beat themselves up about this, reminding themselves of how totally unsuccessful they are, AGAIN, because one more thing is left undone.
But there is good news…
You don’t have to finish what you start!!
Well, sort of.
For many people, finishing something means following it through to completion. But for the gifted person this actually has a whole different meaning. They follow things through to completion, just not the same kind of completion as everyone else.
Did I confuse you yet?
For gifted adults, learning new things is often one of their top priorities. Because learning in and of itself is so important, finishing something for a gifted person can be as simple as completing the learning to the level they wanted, even if that means leaving a task undone.
Think of a puzzle. One without a box. What is this for someone who’s gifted? A super-duper wonderful challenge just begging to be accepted! The puzzle needs to be put together, but there’s no way to tell what it’s a picture of until they start doing it.
So the gifted adult starts putting the pieces together, one by one, until the image begins to take shape. Then, in one miraculous instant they figure out the picture the puzzle makes! They’re so happy – they’ve beaten the challenge. And I’m sure somewhere they’re probably thinking something like, “Well I beat that, now didn’t I? It was so much fun to do this without any hints anywhere!”
What comes next? They walk away from the puzzle with the remaining pieces scattered on the table. And they never come back to it. Family members or friends look at the unfinished work and ask when it will be done. The gifted person doesn’t really know. When they get around to it, they say.
But of course they never get around to it because they’ve already finished what they set out to do – to figure out the picture on the puzzle. What does it look like to everyone else? Unfinished business, AGAIN.
What is it for the gifted adult? A goal reached.
So if you find yourself starting many things and leaving a lot of them undone, start paying attention to the point at which you are stopping them. That will tell you when you’ve reached the goal you actually set for yourself, even if you weren’t sure what it was when you started. If you take note of these end point for a while, you’ll likely start being able to see what the big motivations are in your life. They will be the stopping points that repeat themselves over and over again. They may be things like the excitement of learning something new, the thrill of meeting a challenge, or the adventure of beating your own previous skill level or ability.
When you can tell why you quit when you do, then you’ll more easily be able to say to those who are quick to remind you of your unfinished business, “I’ve gotten exactly what I needed out of that, thank you. For me, it’s perfectly finished!”
Sonia Dabboussi is the founder of Gifted for Life, a groundbreaking community of empowered gifted adults who maximize their unique abilities, sensitivities, experiences and insights to make a remarkable world impact.
For over a decade and a half, her diverse experience in academic and personal development through positions in education, educational administration and success coaching has led her to conduct seminars, workshops and one-on-one trainings for exceptional people in local, national and international regions.
She is a gifted adult.
To connect with gifted adults and other outstanding people at Gifted for Life, go to http://giftedforlife.com.
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How to Motivate a Gifted Underachiever
By braniac, eHow User
How to Motivate a Gifted Underachiever
Gifted Underachievers- Perfectionism, Procrastination
Few sights frustrate parents and teachers more than the gifted child who seems unwilling to even attempt performing to his or her potential. Nothing hurts the self-esteem of a struggling student more than repeated failure without knowing why. These tips will help parents, teachers, and students better understand underachievement and turn academic performance around.
Things You’ll Need
Parents should give encouragement rather than praise. Research by Dr. Carol Dweck demonstrates that praise undermines motivation and performance.
Parents shouldn’t restrict favorite activities. A gifted student’s interests help reinstill a passion for learning. If an underachieving gifted child wants to play on the computer all day, enroll him in a computer animation or programming class.
Parents and teachers can help the student tackle perfectionism. Many gifted perfectionists become underachievers due to fear of failure. When faced with challenges, the simplest way for an underachiever to protect a fragile self-image is to avoid risk and convince herself that she failed because she didn’t even try.
Parents and teachers should clearly define project goals to avoid procrastination. Gifted underachievers often become overwhelmed by the details and can’t focus on the task at hand. Gifted kids often make the job so big they can never finish on time.
Parents can motivate an underachiever by finding a great teacher who loves a subject of interest to the gifted child. Select a teacher who values student input and treats the child like an intellectual equal. Form a mentorship. Passionate teaching motivates gifted underachievers.
Help the gifted underachiever maintain a growth mindset. Failure does not define a person and is not a fixed attribute. Parents and teachers should focus concern on the underachieving child and not the missed assignments.
Parents and teachers should find a goal that matters to the gifted underachiever. Often deciding on a career, picking a college, or making grades for a special interest camp motivates a change in an underachiever’s attitude and behavior.
Tips & Warnings
Visit “Parenting a Gifted Child” at Suite101.com for more information about gifted underachievement, perfectionism, procrastination, and the growth mindset.
Avoid inadvertently causing underachievement by focuses on successes and failures. Encourage effort and process.
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10 Misconceptions About Gifted Adults
By Jane Macondo
Gifted adults are largely invisible. One of the reasons very few apply the term to themselves is due to the misconceptions about giftedness - in adulthood as well as childhood. Many adults who have been part of the gifted community, either as children or as parents, still do not acknowledge themselves as gifted. Adults who were identified as gifted children were often not provided information about what it means to be gifted and, as a result, think they have outgrown their ‘giftedness’. For a variety of reasons, parents of gifted children also often fail to identify their own giftedness. Of course, there are many gifted adults not affiliated with the gifted education system in anyway- adults who simply feel out of step and don’t know why but would never consider themselves gifted because of the misconceptions as to what a gifted adult is.
The misconceptions of being a gifted adult fall into two categories: superstar overachiever or incompetent misfit. The reality is more subtle than either of these stereotypes suggests. While some gifted adults struggle and some achieve extraordinary things, most gifted adults are somewhere in the middle.
10 Misconceptions about Gifted Adults
All gifted people:
Are socially inept
Were exceptional students
Have attained a high level of formal education
Are ‘book smart’
Excel at everything uniformly; have evenly distributed abilities
Have exceptional careers
Are able to ‘get ahead’ because of their intelligence
Cannot be successful with practical things because they’re ‘too intelligent’
A gifted adult may or may not conform to a stereotypes but neither stereotype explains or defines what being a gifted adult is. If you have rejected the idea you are a gifted adult based on any of the misconceptions above, I encourage you to reconsider but this time based on information, not popular misconceptions.
Have you been told you’re a perfectionist? Intense? Expect too much?
Are you the parent of a gifted and talented child? Did you attend a gifted program as a child?
Do you know you have a high IQ but never considered your IQ relative to how you feel and perceive?
Many gifted adults are not aware they are gifted due to lack of information, stigma and misconceptions about giftedness. If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you may be a gifted adult.
For more about Gifted and Talented Adults: identification, traits, theories and information about work and careers, please see: http://www.gifteduniverse.com/
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This article describes shows a good overview about misconceptions of gifted adults. It shows, that there is a high need for help and it underlines that adults who think they are maybe gifted should be tested and given special support to live their talents. What do you think about this article? Please share me your comments.Like this post and want to support us? Please leave a tip! Thank you.