Frequently Asked Questions about Gifted Children - Part 2
By Andrew Loh
The issue of giftedness in children raises more questions than answers,
because its complexity. As parents of such children, they usually ask
tricky questions that need convincing answers. Here are some of those
questions that parents ask experts on gifted children:
What are the most common problems that gifted children face at schools
Most children always face some intricate problems with their gifted children
and some of them are as follows:
They find classroom very boring, and often fail to find interesting
work in classrooms.
They might face associating with other children troublesome.
They may become hermit-like in classroom, if they do
not find something that does not interest them.
Note: Parents should try to consult gifted children experts to find
out whether there is a need for special education or a gifted child
program. If parents feel that, their children do not fit in a
conventional classroom, or if they find that classroom-performance is
going down on a regular basis, then they might choose a special gifted
program that takes care of their needs.
What are the most common signs of giftedness?
Speaking generally, here are some of the
most prominent signs associated with giftedness:
They need constant mental stimulation and encouragement.
They are very quick
in learning something and process learned data in a quick manner.
They can go to extreme deep while exploring topics and subjects.
They are extremely curious and inquisitive, with an endless series of
questions and nagging queries.
Precise and defined thinking process
makes them more accurate in their study.
How do I help my gifted children and what are the options for their studies?
You can follow these simple guidelines to make your children fit in
an ambiance that might be hostile to their interests.
Enroll them to kindergarten classes or first grade as soon as possible.
find a self-contained and multi-age gifted class that caters to the
needs and requirements of specially talented children.
offer an accelerated learning environment, where children could apply
the new ambiance to quick start learning process.
works very well for children who are gifted and talented. If possible,
enroll your children to middle high school and high school at the same
time. This will allow them an opportunity to learn at dual speeds.
Do gifted children sleep less?
One of the important things you might notice is that gifted children do not seem to
sleep much as much as other children do. Their sleep is characterized by
less intensity, shorter naps and more often spells of troubled sleep
patterns. There are many reasons for this sleep anomaly and
disassociated sleep pattern.
Their minds are taken over by
continuous thought processes.
Numerous questions crop and they need
to answer those questions.
Interesting thoughts and inspiring ideas
occur throughout day and night.
They keep giving reasons within
their brains to any questions that interest them.
Why gifted children are often neglected at school?
More often, gifted children are at disadvantages of proper identification and
recognition. Teachers often fail to recognize such children, because they
tend to do badly in their studies, and while their academic
performance will be just above average. There are many differences
between a gifted child and bright child. Bright children are just very
bright in their studies and they do very well, because of their
scholastic and studious nature; they tend to have a very good memory
retrieval power that might be better than that of a gifted child.
These are probably the reasons why gifted children tend to lag
behind in their studies, while teachers usually neglect them too. Do not
worry, if their teachers neglect your gifted children. History is full of
amazing examples of great people, who were extremely gifted and talented,
and who were neglected by their teachers and the community around them:
Isaac Newton, a great scientist, was a very poor student in his
Edison's teachers accused him that he was stupid and
dull to learn lessons.
F.W. Woolworth started working in a dry
goods store when he was just 21. His manager used to scold him that he
lacked proper sense to serve any customers.
Walt Disney was removed
by his newspaper editor because he lacked good ideas.
great musician, was abused by his music teacher because he was not able
to sing because of his bad voice.
Great people like Tolstoy and Von
Braun failed miserably in their classes.
Admiral Richard E. Byrd
was forced out from navy, because he was not good and fit for naval
services; however, he was the first person to fly over both poles.
Winston Churchill was a failed student.
Louis Pasteur was a very
bad chemistry student when he was studying in the Royal College.
What are the strategies and techniques parents could use to
train their gifted children
Unfortunately, there is no single, defined and one-size-fits-for-all type of training strategy to
train gifted children. Parents may need to use a combination of several
strategies. The first important thing is to concentrate on their
children's academic studies. Meeting school authorities and class
teachers to tell about gifted children would help them sort out
many problems. It is possible that teachers will like to use an
accelerated strategy to solve classroom problems. Alternatively, they
may even like to give somewhat advanced project works to keep gifted
children busy and in tune with rest of the class.
Gifted children need special attention because of their fickle-mindedness. If left
alone, they may even turn academically very dull and socially
incompetent. Teaching them importance of time and discipline may help
them regulate their emotions and passions in tight check. Trying to
give proper answers to their nagging questions, teaching them how to
set goals, helping them to sleep properly, providing good nutrition,
stopping arguing with them and controlling their intemperate behaviors
are some of the parental strategies to help gifted children.
A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children
By James T. Webb, Ph.D, Edward R. Amend, Psy.D, and etc
Raising a gifted child is both a joy and a challenge, yet
parents of gifted children have few resources for reliable
parenting information. The four authors, who have decades of
professional experience with gifted children and their
families, provide practical guidance in areas such as:
Characteristics of gifted children; Peer relations; Sibling
issues; Motivation & underachievement; Discipline issues;
Intensity & stress; Depression & unhappiness; Educational
planning; Parenting concerns; Finding professional help; and
much, much more!