Being Gifted

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Gifted Children

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Misdiagnosis of Gifted Children

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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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What is giftedness?

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How Can Gifted Children Be Identified?

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Keeping Up With Gifted and Talented Students by Using an Alternative to Traditional Education

In this article you will learn why gifted and talented students need an alternative to traditional education. Enjoy!

Keeping Up With Gifted and Talented Students by Using an Alternative to Traditional Education


By Julie Jackson


When it comes to a proper education, especially on that is based on standards and requirements, all students are challenging to educate. Considering the fact that not all students learn and uptake information in the same way, teachers often face a serious challenge when it comes to finding methods and techniques that will promote and stimulate student learning. Of all the types of students that teachers work with on a regular basis, gifted and talented students often pose the greatest challenges.


Although it would appears that gifted and talented students would be a pleasure to educate because of their high intelligence, academic enthusiasm, and their general willingness to learn new things, most teachers often struggle to find appropriate and adequate work for them as a result of their high cognitive levels. Most teachers often become frustrated with the education of gifted and talented students, especially if they do not receive any support from school officials and administrators.


For most gifted and talented students, their eventual fate is to sit in a class that does not properly educate or stimulate them. Most of the time, these particular students are relegated to busy work, and are often forced to move at an intellectual level that is slower than they would like to proceed. As a result, many gifted and talented students often find traditional public and private schools to be difficult places to learn, in particular because of the ill-prepared teachers who are charged with educating them.


Distance learning college prep is perhaps one of the best options for the education of gifted and talented students. Distance learning programs that specifically target or focus on gifted and talented students have more opportunities to work individually with these challenging students. For one thing, distance learning college prep programs for gifted students can focus all of their efforts on the needs of these students – especially in terms of pace and material taught. By allowing students to move at the pace they are comfortable with, these programs are better able to cover specific topics and concepts.


In addition to allowing gifted and talented students to work at their own pace, distance learning programs can also be individually tailored to the needs and requirements of each individual student. By being able to focus specifically on the academic needs of gifted and talented students, these distance learning programs can prove extremely effective in the area of college preparation.


Courses in a distance learning program that are targeted at gifted and talented students looking to attend college are by no means less demanding than courses at traditional schools. The curriculum is often fully accredited and designed to meet the admissions requirements of American colleges and universities. With a variety of resources available, distance learning college prep programs for gifted and talented students have the ability to cater specifically to these students by developing a course of study that will be designed around a student’s individual needs, abilities, and learning styles.


To learn more about a quality, distance learning academy for gifted students please visit Laurel Springs Academy for the Gifted and Talented. At Laurel Springs Academy for the Gifted and Talented they know that gifted students have unique and diverse academic needs. They offer exceptional students an alternative to traditional schools and an opportunity to become part of a thriving online community that partakes in a differentiated, intellectually demanding curriculum through distance learning.


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Say YES to giftedness – How to prevent from hiding your special talents

In this article you will learn why hiding your special talents and abilities is not good for gifted adults. It also describes ways out of feeling lonely and not living your unique strength, your giftedness in life. Enjoy!




Gifted and Talented But Still Hiding Out


By Douglas Eby


To avoid being seen as too weird or different, and to fit in better with others, gifted children often learn to cover up their unusual abilities. As adults, many still follow a pattern of hiding.


When she began directing in the forties, Ida Lupino sometimes claimed not to know the best way to line up a shot or specify a line reading, explaining “Men hate bossy women. Sometimes I pretend to know less than I do.”


She was working in a more restrictive and even misogynistic era, but research indicates even contemporary girls and women often suppress their advanced abilities, and still pretend to know less, be less capable.


Sally M. Reis, Ph.D. of the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented has found that many girls and women not only try to minimize their differences, but some “begin to doubt that they really have abilities.”


That is one of the most potentially destructive aspects of hiding: losing belief in your own capabilities.


But covering up, not acknowledging, or discounting our talents and abilities is not just something done by girls and women.


As one example, a recent article in a Malaysian newspaper reported that a teen boy was excited about astrophysics but “afraid of being ridiculed, teased, resented or ostracised, he goes to great lengths to hide his giftedness.”


Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton declare in their book Now, Discover Your Strengths that most of us have little sense of our talents and strengths.


They explain, “Instead, guided by our parents, by our teachers, by our managers, and by psychology’s fascination with pathology, we become experts in our weaknesses and spend our lives trying to repair these flaws, while our strengths lie dormant and neglected.”


Discounting or disparaging abilities


Many people may even discount their exceptional perceptions, empathy, high sensitivity, rapid sensory processing, intensity of feelings, concern for social issues and other aspects of high ability, or disparage them as “flaws” – especially in the face of negative social reactions and ignorance on the part of others.


Even trained mental health professionals may not understand the personality and psychological aspects of giftedness.


Of course, in some fields, such as entertainment, being different and exceptional is much more supported. People who can entertain are celebrated and rewarded, and many of them have exceptional creative talents.


Gifted adults and hiding giftedness


Mary-Elaine Jacobsen (author of the book The Gifted Adult) points out that exceptional intellectual and creative abilities “can lead to highly successful careers, sometimes in multiple fields.


She notes that eminent gifted and talented people can be inspiring role models, but at the same time, “glorified images of illustriousness can imply that early in life those who are truly gifted know exactly what they are to do with their lives and pursue their rightful lifework unimpeded – all the way to the full realization of their potential and the rewards of eminence.”


She cautions that the many barriers to achievement, including hiding abilities, can “easily engender deep disappointment instead of the anticipated coming-of-age gratification.”


Another writer and expert on giftedness, Stephanie S. Tolan, notes that many people with extraordinary minds are aware “not only of their mental capacities but of the degree to which those capacities set them apart. Thinking independently may seem foolhardy or antisocial.”


Feeling frustrated, tied down


She adds that not being able to find ways to make positive uses of their abilities can result in feelings of frustration, and lack of fulfillment, a sense of being tied down and thwarted.


Another issue related to hiding that Tolan writes about is self-identification.


She notes, “Many gifted adults seem to know very little about their minds and how they differ from more ‘ordinary’ minds. The result of this lack of self-knowledge is often low, sometimes cripplingly low self esteem.”

Being courageous


Tolan and others point out that it may require great courage, fortitude, and assertiveness to not be adjusted to the norm, and to craft a life that encourages the expression of exceptional abilities. But it is worth it.


Martin Luther King Jr. once commented, “Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.”


As author and workshop leader Barbara Sher puts it so poetically, “Every single one of us can do things that no one else can do – can love things that no one else can love. We are like violins. We can be used for doorstops, or we can make music. You know what to do.”


Douglas Eby writes about psychological and social aspects of creative expression and achievement. His site has a wide range of articles, interviews, book excerpts, quotes and other material to inform and inspire: Talent Development Resources


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