Giftedness is asynchronous development in which advanced cognitive abilities and heightened intensity combine to create inner experiences and awareness that are qualitatively different from the norm. This asynchrony increases with higher intellectual capacity. The uniqueness of the gifted renders them particularly vulnerable and requires modifications in parenting, teaching and counseling in order for them to develop optimally. (The Columbus Group, 1991)
Gifted children are asynchronous, advanced, and intense. They’re different, and parenting and teaching to look like something other than the norm. We know this when we parent or teach gifted and intense kids for any length of time.
I don’t have all the answers, but I have a master’s degree in gifted education, worked as a gifted intervention specialists for a decade, continue to research topics related to giftedness and intensity – all while parenting and homeschooling my own gifted and intense kids.
Through these links you’ll find a mix of the research and practicalities – reminding you that you’re not alone in your parenting and homeschooling journey with your gifted kids. We’ll do this together!