What does being a gifted child mean?
Signs of a gifted child / Challenges of a gifted child
Traditionally, being gifted was defined as having an IQ above 130. However, in addition to increased intelligence, gifted children also have heightened senses and an increase level of internal processing.
It can be helpful to read other people’s experiences with giftedness:
Signs of a gifted child
The following signs are characteristic of gifted children:
Very alert, highly active and need less sleep
Long attention span, highly observant and curious
More advanced in terms of developmental milestones than other children of the same age, including early onset of language
Intense interest in books
Learns quickly and doesn’t need to repeat tasks
Highly sensitive, both emotional and physically and emotionally intense
Prefers to play and interact with older companions
Good at abstract reasoning
Interestingly, 84% of gifted children are accurately identified by their parents. Gifted children do have different educational needs from other children. The first step to helping a gifted child reach their full potential is proper diagnosis by a psychologist.
Select Counsellors can help you find a psychologist who is the best fit for you and your child
Challenges of gifted children
One of the main challenges of gifted children is boredom. Mentally, they need to be challenged constantly. In some, this boredom will lead to behavioural problems particularly at school, which can result in many gifted children being misdiagnosed with ADHD, oppositional disorder or even obsessive compulsive disorder. Given this need to be stimulated and challenged, consideration needs to be taken as to the appropriate schooling environment for a gifted child. A school that has a specific policy for gifted children should be selected.
Gifted children are described as intense and highly impatient. This can at times be challenging for those who interact with them such as family members, teachers and peers. They are intense in everything they do and feel. They go at everything with all of their effort, whether it is simply their emotional response to something, their academic studies, or an argument with a sibling.
Developmental imbalances are another challenge for gifted children in that their mental development is far advanced from their physical development.These children may want to do something, visualise it in their mind, but be unable to physically do it.
Perfectionism is common in gifted children and they often put undue pressure on themselves to continually perform at a higher level. When this does not occur, this can lead to feeling of low self-worth and self-criticism. Often this perfectionism is also seen in a desire to organise others, which negatively affects peer relationships.
Helping your gifted child
Interestingly, 84% of gifted children are accurately identified by their parents.G ifted children do have different educational needs from other children. The first step to helping a gifted child reach their full potential is proper diagnosis by a psychologist.
Did you realise research has shown that the relationship between your child and their therapist is one of the most important elements for a successful outcome? How do you know if the therapist you find will be the best fit for you and your child?
Select Counsellors provides a unique client counsellor matching service to ensure you see the right therapist for your child, first time. We have a pool of highly trained Sydney based counsellors, psychologists, psychotherapists and psychiatrists and will match you with the right therapist based on important information collected in a personalised assessment about your child and their needs. At Select Counsellors our key priority is Finding you the One. To book an assessment click here or call on 1300 123 680 to speak in person with a Select Counsellor.
Click on the links below to find out more information on child behaviour and development:
The Helpful Guide