Overexcitabilities and gifted children go hand in hand. This is a guide to everything you need to know about overexcitabilities and how they affect our gifted children.
Polish psychologist/psychiatrist Kazimierz Dabrowski developed the theory of overexcitabilities. Gifted children are highly likely to be more intense than their typical peers. This increased awareness, sensitivity, and intensity can present challenges that make them difficult children to parent.
The Five Overexcitabilities
Dabrowski identified five different areas of overexcitabilities when he developed his Theory of Positive Disintegration. Not all gifted kids exhibit overexcitabilities, but they are more prevalent among the gifted population than any other.
In today’s podcast, Colleen covers each of these areas and explains what these overexcitabilities look like in our day to day lives with our children.
Understanding Overexcitabilities in Gifted Children
Understanding the neurology behind your child’s behavior will better equip you to understand – and help your child understand – those behaviors, helping you help them channel their overexcitabilities for good.
Raising Lifelong Learners Podcast Episode 138: A Guide To Overexcitabilities And Gifted Children
Gifted children tend to have multiple intensities. These intensities are also referred to as overexcitabilities. In today’s episode, Colleen introduces the theory of overexcitabilities and shares support and encouragement for parenting gifted children with intensities.
Links and Resources from Today’s Show:
- SPONSOR: CTC Math
- The Learner’s Lab, a Raising Lifelong Learners community created just for your quirky family!
- Giftedness Disguised: Misunderstood and Misdiagnosed
- Overexcitabilities and Why They Matter for Gifted Kids
- Finding Peace in a Life Filled with Intensity: Managing Overexcitabilities in Smart and Creative Kids
- Emotional Overexcitability And Gifted Kids (what you need to know)
- Psychomotor Overexcitabilities: Helping Your Child Thrive
- Knowing Your Gifted Child
- The Best Advice I Can Give You: Become A Student Of Your Child
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