Supporting Your Gifted Child: Tips and Suggestions
Raising and nurturing a gifted child could be parent's tough task
and a difficult exercise. Highly gifted children are too complicated and
difficult to manage and understand. In fact, these kids never come
to you with a readymade caring sheet. To support your gifted child
and to manage his or her intrinsic capabilities, as a parent, you
will need to first learn and understand about gifted children, their
special characters, and how one can identify and streamline those
characters to make them better citizens.
Here are some ideas and suggestions to manage your apparently gifted
Some of the earliest signs and symptoms of child giftedness include
Unusual alertness and quickness during infant stages. A number of
infants are very active and agile even when they are in their crib!
This special character is a possible indication of some special
Fewer requirements for sleep during infancy. Some gifted children
may display problems of sleeping while they are infants.
Very and unusual activity levels. Gifted kids are always on the move
and they are the livewires of the family. They also exhibit enhanced
activity level throughout the day and night.
They are very reactive to stimuli like noise, shouting, talking,
pain and frustration. They can show intense reactions to these
Very quick onset of developmental milestones. Most gifted children
would have shown advanced progression through a number of
developmental milestones like early teething, walking and talking.
Possession of extraordinary memory power. Most gifted children can
remember and recall things, events and facts very easily.
A tendency to learn very quickly. Gifted children can learn very
quickly and they enjoy learning new things. An early language
learning skill. Gifted children can learn and understand languages
very early and with considerable ease.
An affinity for reading books. Gifted children are extraordinary
readers and they always show a keen interest in looking at colorful
books, while they are very young.
Gifted kids are very curious in nature. They become very curious to
learn more about new things, objects and patterns.
Gifted kids are very jovial and humorous in whatever they do and
Possession of talent or brilliancy to think logically, and a
tendency to show an inclination to solve intricate problems.
Acute sensitivity and a character of affection and compassion. Most
gifted children are compassionate and kind towards others.
Gifted children also possess a character of imagination and hope.
If you feel that your kid is exhibiting a majority of the above
signs and symptoms, then you may wish to have him or her assessed by
a qualified examiner. If you have one kid with pronounced gifted
characters, there are chances that other kids in your family are
gifted too. You may need to identify for gifted characters early in
your kid's life so that you can encourage and promote to help
develop a better personality.
More often, kids learn straight away from their parents. As a
responsible parent, you can spend more time with your gifted child,
so that you can tune in to his or her interests and needs, and later
respond by providing the right type of opportunities. It is also
very critical that you observe your kid frequently to note down any
special characters or talents. You can also help your kid discover
personal interests, assist expose to a number of interests and
encourage learn about new things like art, nature, music and sports.
Kids attracted to a particular area or sector of learning will need
more opportunities and options to probe in detail and depth. Your
kid needs your active and hearty support to develop the perceived
talents. Your gifted child will also need a strong and responsible
supporter in you. The most important key to raise your gifted kid is
showing respect: honest respect for their dreams, ambitions, goals,
opinions, ideas and aspirations. You will need to be very responsive
and flexible while handling and managing your gifted child. Your kid
will also have an array of invisible goals and objectives that need
a strong fillip from your side. In fact, your kid will be looking
forward to that vital support from your side. If you deny that
critical support, your kid may become too sensitive and discouraged
to withdraw from normal daily activities.