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Gifted Children Need Help, Too

Written by Dr. Jacqueline B. Sallade, Community blogger | Jun 10, 2012 12:32 AM

A gifted child usually understands many things, sA gifted child usually understands many things, solves problesms, and commands verbal, mathematical and/or spatial relationships well and easily. The child often creates, leads, or displays talent. However, there is no guarantee that the child adjusts to school, makes friends or shows emotional maturity. These children may wow people intellectually but need as much guidance, discipline and care as any child, sometimes more because of high expectations, pressures, exploitation and a sense of differentness coming from society or even family.

The defiant, rebellious, underachieving gifted child is rebelling from those unfortunate abuses. While gifted children need opportunities to excel and develop their abilities, they need a chance to do things in which they are average or struggling, as well. For example, scouts, sports, and volunteer work provide normal arenas. Encouragement to associate with all kinds of children with all levels of abilities and skills, also, serves as a reminder that everyone is unique and respected for his/her humanity. Learning to be kind, humble and giving may be more important than anything, really.olves problesms, and commands verbal, mathematical and/or spatial relationships well and easily. The child often creates, leads, or displays talent. However, there is no guarantee that the child adjusts to school, makes friends or shows emotional maturity. These children may wow people intellectually but need as much guidance, discipline and care as any child, sometimes more because of high expectations, pressures, exploitation and a sense of differentness coming from society or even family.

The defiant, rebellious, underachieving gifted child is rebelling from those unfortunate abuses. While gifted children need opportunities to excel and develop their abilities, they need a chance to do things in which they are average or struggling, as well. For example, scouts, sports, and volunteer work provide normal arenas. Encouragement to associate with all kinds of children with all levels of abilities and skills, also, serves as a reminder that everyone is unique and respected for his/her humanity. Learning to be kind, humble and giving may be more important than anything, really.

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