Different Types of Giftedness in Children - Part I
By Andrew Loh
Giftedness in children seems to be a rare case. Not all children are
gifted while giftedness comes naturally to some children. No one knows
how giftedness is thrust upon by the nature only on some children.
Heredity, genetics and a host of other factors play an important role.
Giftedness in children may come in many forms. In the past, intelligence
among children was measured by Gardiner's multiple intelligence theory.
In fact, this theory was in wider circulation for many decades. His
multiple intelligence theory is closely linked to giftedness among
children. However, recent classification of giftedness takes into
consideration a number of other factors apart from just academic
intelligence. Following two articles deal with different types of
giftedness among children and in what manner they affect children's
academic and personal achievements.
This classification of child giftedness deals with everything that
relates to social skills and inter-personal relationship. Often, experts
also link linguistic abilities with this classification. Social skills
on a personal level might include the following:
others and trying to capture their attention.
Making eye contact to
establish a true personal relationship.
Asking pertinent questions
and answering questions that other people ask them.
Giving respect to
others and their views.
Giving compliments and acknowledging them in
the normal course of conversation.
Note: These simple social
interactions are just enough to induce many developmental outcomes that
include peer and societal acceptance.
Another amazing ability is the giftedness of acquiring linguistic skills or spoken
language skills. These children possess a highly refined skill for
audition and vocal sounds. They always think in terms of words spoken
and written. These children are often very good in essay writing,
debates, arguments, editing, and communication. Most of the linguistic
Like to tell stories and jokes.
They can easily spell, write and read.
Enjoy interacting with others.
Good in debating and sensible arguments.
Tips to develop humanities gifted children
Organize meetings, play dates
and week end parties to help children to interact with other children.
Allow them to mingle and interact with other children and teachers.
Train them in the art of positive mannerism and social etiquette.
Make them understand how other people treat them and in what manner
they are likely to form a positive opinion about your children.
children in the art of positive conservation and extended interaction.
Provide them plenty of word games, crossword and puzzle sets, thematic
books and magazines.
Science and Math Gifted
Children who are endowed with science and math giftedness are unique
and special. The biggest advantage with these children is their ability
to think in a conceptual manner. They are very lucid, clear and precise
in their thinking process. Science and math gifted skills may include
Show an extremely high level of curiosity on
everything they see or observe.
Try to find out why things and events happen or occur.
Natural tendency to like subjects that relate to
biology, physics, math and chemistry.
Try to find out practical answers to any difficult questions.
Excellent reasoning and logical abilities.
Note: Science and math gifted children are more
likely to succeed in their classroom especially in the practical and
laboratory classes. They are also excellent in designing and creating
Tips to develop math and science gifted children
Provide children early facilities and tools for
Bring home science project kits and ask them
to build science models.
Facilitate early counting skills by using
puzzles, board games and other play sets.
Enhance mental computation
skills by teaching them the basics of math and science.
games like chess and checkers to teach them logic and critical thinking.
Play role-playing science conversation games. For example, you can ask
them. questions about flowers, nature, universe, astronomy, stars,
planets, animals and plants.
Children who are gifted in music display a tendency for different
sounds even as babies or young toddlers. When you introduce some form of
sounds, them may just stop doing everything and start focusing on the
origin of those sound bites. They tend to show a keen interest to listen
to the sound when compared to the ones that do not possess this gift.
When they become children, they display their amazing abilities to
imitate and mimic sounds, rhythms and noises that emanate from the
nature. They have what the composers call “the perfect pitch”.
Musical skills may include the following:
An inclination to follow musical and sound bytes.
When such children become adults,
they try to play some musical instruments especially the piano.
Good memory for tunes and chords.
Excellent voice and great ability to
repeat different musical notes.
Supple fingers that are so much
required to play some musical instruments.
Tips to develop music giftedness in children
If you notice musical giftedness in
children, make sure that you learn how to develop it further. Read
books, magazines and approach a music teacher.
Bring home play
musical instruments that emit different sounds, musical notes and
Allow the child to play the instruments and feel the
sound and chords that come out of the play set.
When your children
become old, start music classes that deal with a particular instrument.
Introduce in gradual manner, the basics of music and use a piano
because it allows the child to experience the magic of sounds in their
Play light music on your stereo system when your
children are in the home.
Discuss about popular nursery rhymes and
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Different Types of Giftedness in Children - Part II