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How do you know when you have a Gifted child?  Parents and teachers need to be familiar with the characteristics and special needs of Gifted children in order to identify these children.

Gifted children display their abilities in a variety of ways, each unique to the individual child.  For most children, Giftedness is demonstrated by performance of tasks and understanding of concepts usually associated with much older children.  Other characteristics include preferring the company of adults or older children, becoming easily bored (already knowing the answers), and showing strong feelings and opinions.

The sooner parents can identify a child’s potential talent, the sooner they can take advantage of special resources such as enrichment classes and alternative schooling. Recognizing a child’s Giftedness at an early age also can help parents and teachers adapt their ways of relating to the child to be more responsive to his particular needs.  

The Gifted child is often highly sensitive to criticism, impatient with structure and repetition, and may have difficulty fitting in to a peer group. Ironically, a child with advanced abilities may suffer from low self-esteem.  S/he will not understand that the reason s/he gets so little attention from the teacher is that s/he is capable and well-behaved; s/he may wonder if s/he is likable.

Schools use a variety of checklists and testing instruments to identify Gifted students.  Here are some general characteristics of Gifted children, especially at young and elementary-school ages.:

· Use advanced vocabulary, analogies and metaphors.

· Spontaneously make up songs and stories, often involving playful use of rhymes and rhythm.

· Plan a project and follow through by creating elaborate structures of works of art.

· Master a new skill with unusual speed.

· Become totally absorbed in one area of interest (for example, he may want to read about, draw, talk about and spend his time exploring for insects).

· Take apart and reassemble things with remarkable skill.

· Be especially sensitive to others’ feelings.

· Be able to carry out a series of complex instructions.

· Notice small changes in his environment.

· Group, categorize and order objects in ways that show attention to detail.

For a more complete list, click on IS MY CHILD GIFTED?

If you see your child’s characteristics predominating in these lists, it’s time to take action.  Talk to the teacher and/or guidance counselor at the school.  Many school (especially public schools) offer group screen to decide wether to schedule individual assessment.  Be aware, however, that group screening is not always ideal and sometimes “misses” students who would qualify for Gifted eligibility with an individual assessment.  Indeed, it has been our experience at Brighter Pathways, that there are some students who have already been identified as “Gifted and Talented” in another part of the country, then do not pass the Gifted group screen in the public school here!

If parents and school personnel agree that a youngster shows signs of Giftedness, your best bet is to schedule an appointment for a GIFTED EVALUALTION. Because you are making the investment of time and finances, Dr. Messenger will have the opportunity to administer a number of sample or “practice” items in order to determine which test is the best match for your child.  

Although we place high hopes for a worthwhile future on the gifted and talented youth of today, Gifted children are left to their own devices in school as well as at home.  Contrary to popular misconceptions that these students will do better without interference and that they will succeed on their own, some experience academic, social, and personal problems when they do not receive support from society and parents.  The active support of parents is of primary importance in the recognition and the development of these students’ special abilities.