So you have a bright learner. Maybe he has a vivid imagination. Maybe he scores well on achievement tests. Maybe you notice exceptionally early cognitive abilities or strong interests.
But there’s a difference between bright kids and gifted kids. Let’s talk about how to identify gifted learners.
All Gifted Students Are Not The Same
Something I like to is that if you’ve men one gifted kid, you’ve met … one gifted kid. You may have heard this phrase about other types of neurodiversity or even learning disabilities. Since not all gifted kids exhibit exactly the same traits, how do you determine if your child actually is gifted? It turns out that even though one size does not fit all, there are some common characteristics of a gifted child.
Social Emotional Needs of Gifted Children
We tend to suspect giftedness if our children have high test scores or high grades. But what if your child’s teacher is concerned about his behavior? What if your extremely bright student is actually struggling to stay focused or perform as expected in school. Does that rule out the possibility of giftedness?
Gifted individuals often have a unique experiences interacting with their peers. In fact, some of these struggles are actually a part of the early signs of giftedness.
Gifted Children and IQ Testing
Just as there is a statistical standard for identifying special needs, so also test results can help families of gifted children to determine if their quick learners are gifted. High scores may give you the data you need to support your children in their unique needs.
The Raising Lifelong Learners Podcast Episode #187 – Knowing If Your Child is Gifted
In today’s podcast episode, we’ll talk about the characteristics of gifted children. Even though they are not all the same, there are lots of common traits that can help you to recognize if your high achievers may actually be gifted. We’ll also discuss some of the less known or understood aspects of giftedness that go deeper than just being bright students, good readers, or math champions!
Links And Resources From Today’s Show:
- SPONSOR: CTC Math
- RLL #87: [Audioblog] 100 Hints That Your Child Might Be Gifted
- How Do I Know if My Child is Gifted?
- Understanding the Academically Gifted Child
- Understanding the Cognitively Gifted Child
- Understanding the Creatively Gifted Child
- What is an Intense Child?
- Imaginational Overexcitabilities: A Parent’s Guide For Gifted Children
- A Parent’s Guide To Emotional Overexcitabilities In Gifted Children
- Intellectual Overexcitabilities And Your Gifted Child
- Gifted Children and Sensual Overexcitabilities: A Parent’s Guide
- Psychomotor Overexcitabilities And Gifted Children: What You Need To Know
- A Guide To Overexcitabilities And Gifted Children
- Emotional Overexcitability And Gifted Kids (what you need to know)
- Overexcitabilities and Why They Matter for Gifted Kids
- Psychomotor Overexcitabilities: Helping Your Child Thrive
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