This continues our overexcitabilities series for parents of gifted children. Today, we explore Imaginational Overexcitabilities and gifted children.
What Are Imaginational Overexcitabilities?
Imaginational Overexcitabilities are far more than simply imaginative play.
This difference in cognition expresses itself in an unusually heightened and intense imagination. It is so intense that for some gifted children, it may manifest in having trouble distinguishing between what is real and what’s fantasy.
Here are some examples of how imaginational overexcitabilities present in gifted children.
- A “daydreamer”
- Imaginary friends and even entire worlds complete with details
- The ability to put everyday concepts together in creative ways
- Good at dramatic play
- Often experience nightmares
- Deep intense fear of the unknown
- Exaggerations that may seem like lies, but are actually very real to the child
How You Can Support Your Gifted Child With Imaginational Overexcitabilities
Imaginational Overexcitabilities can be a bit frustrating. They are often difficult to identify for parents, teachers, and therapists. They can also be very difficult to learn to cope with (for bother parents and the children themselves) because the imagination so easily takes over and increase in intensity.
You can help your child first and foremost by acknowledging that this is real for them. Even if it seems far fetched to you, it is very real for your child.
The number one thing you can do to help is to empathize and teach them strategies for learning what is real and not real. You can also teach them strategies for harnessing all the wonderful creativity and passion that imaginational overexcitabilities bring.
RLL Podcast Episode 144: Imaginational Overexcitabilities, A Parent’s Guide For Gifted Children
In this episode, we continue our overexcitabilities series for parents of gifted children. Today, the focus is Imaginational Overexcitabilities and gifted children. Colleen discusses what these overexcitabilities are and how to help your child.
Links And Resources From Today’s Show:
- SPONSOR: CTC Math
- SPONSOR: The Anxiety Toolkit
- The Learners Lab
- A Guide To Overexcitabilities And Gifted Children
- Overexcitabilities and Why They Matter for Gifted Kids
- Psychomotor Overexcitabilities: Helping Your Child Thrive
- Emotional Overexcitability And Gifted Kids (what you need to know)
- Gifted Children and Sensual Overexcitabilities: A Parent’s Guide
- Intellectual Overexcitabilities And Your Gifted Child
- Knowing Your Gifted Child
- RLL #101: Project-Based Learning with Cindy West
- The Best Advice I Can Give You: Become A Student Of Your Child
- What This Homeschool Graduate Wants You To Know
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