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We just wrapped up the National Parenting of Gifted Children Week.  During this week, I was able to reflect on my own experiences as a parent of a gifted child. Before I share those experiences, it is important that we have a common language and available resources for parents.

Gifted- is not the same as a high achieving child.  Gifted children are identified through psychological testing.

Twice Exceptional- Being twice exceptional means you have high intellectual abilities and as well as a disability.

Six Types of Gifted Children- Children can be in more than one category. This idea was researched by George Betts and Maureen Neihart.  They conducted studies on the  social, cognitive, and physical impacts on gifted children.

  • Successful
  • Challenging
  • Underground
  • Angry
  • Twice-Exceptional or 2e
  • Autonomous Learner

Online Resources

National Association for Gifted Children-Website that provides information to educators and parents.

Personal Blogs- There are many blogs out there! I was even able to take a quiz on  to learn more about my child’s reactions to situations on one of these blogs. This was an eye opening experience for me. I realized that other parents are going through the same experiences!

Books

Teaching Gifted Children: Success Strategies for Teaching High-Ability Learners

Authors: C. Matthew Fugate, Ph.D., Jeff Danielian, Elizabeth Fogarty Ph.D.

Publisher: Prufrock Press, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-61821-672-4

Differentiating Instruction for Gifted Learners: A Case Studies Approach

Christine L. Weber Ph.D., Wendy Behrens M.A. Ed., Cecelia Boswell Ed.D.

Publisher: Prufrock Press, 2016 Paperback 218 Pages

ISBN: 978-1-61821-531-4

The Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children, 2nd Edition

Publisher: Prufrock Press, 2015 ISBN: 978-1-61821-484-3 Pages: 328, paperback

My experiences

  • Everyday is unpredictable. I never know what could trigger and emotional breakdown.
  • Emotional age and chronological age are different for my child.
  • My child doesn’t have more time! Don’t pile on the homework because my child can easily do it.
  • My child has difficulty sleeping. This is common because the brain is still working and can’t settle down.
  • It’s hard to answer “why are other kids mean to my child?”
  • My child doesn’t understand why they don’t fit in, why they aren’t invited to birthday parties, and can’t keep long term friends.
  • Social skills can be challenging for many gifted children because they see things differently and express their insights. This causes others to view them as bossy or a “know it all” and makes other uneasiness in social settings.
  • Resources and other parents are available to help! I can find a support group online and resources to help me parent my child.
  • Life does get easier! I’m am so proud of my daughter. She is excelling in her adult life. She is improving her social skills and is more aware of “social norms”. She’s finding friends that accept her for her.
  • It’s OK to be different! We all bring our talents to the table. Just because one child is identified as gifted, doesn’t mean other children don’t have passions or abilities. We need to accept the differences and our contributions.

I love being a parent of a gift child. I have an entirely different view being an educator as well as a parent.  We all want what is best for our students as well as our own children. If we all work together we can help with their social, emotional, and educational needs.

We love to hear from our readers, what do you think? What ways do you currently do to help those students who are identified as gifted? What about their parents?

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