Different Types of Giftedness in Children - Part II
By Andrew Loh
The second part of this article series deals with two specific types of
giftedness that are not usually covered in a conventional discussion on
giftedness. These gifts in children are unusual, because they deal with
a sense of practicality and purposefulness.
Great leaders are born and not made! Most of
them lead by examples and with their intelligence, courage and
commitment. They are fearless and courageous. If you feel that your
child belongs to this category, then consider yourself as the luckiest
person in the world, because not many people in this world are born
The main characters that indicate leadership giftedness
are as follows:
They simply love challenges and risks. Their
inherent nature makes them to accept them and eventually find solutions
those are challenging and risky.
They can solve any problems with
creativity and intelligence. Their sense for finding solutions to
problems is extraordinary.
They are the so-called critical thinkers.
They want to probe an issue with all seriousness and planning.
can make or create new relationships that are strategic in nature.
They are verbal in their attitude with a fine voice and commanding
They are flexible in their thinking and actions. They are
ready to change their plans in the last minute but still able to find
out the best solutions for an emergency.
They have an excellent
motivational mind and they can easily catalyze others to carry out
Note: Some boy scouts and girl guides belong
to this category. Sir Powel and his wife were born leaders and their
scout and guide movement has been legendary in the world. Gifted leaders
are always found in political and military circles.
Nurturing gifted leaders is actually very difficult because children
with this gift tend to be very active and commanding. They seek similar
response from their parents too. Parents who wish to train their
children for giftedness in leadership skills should take active advice
from professionals in the field. To help gifted leaders, you can do the
Induct them into Boy Scout or Girl Guide movement.
Encourage them in the decision making process, selection, planning and
execution of different tasks.
Assign them the leadership of family
activities for a day in the week. Ask them to prepare a plan for a day's
activity that ranges from cooking food to working in the backyard garden
to a visit to the local mall.
Help them plan and initiate the above
They should be allowed to do their own work. Help
only they need it.
They should start some individual projects at
home and make your other children team members for the projects.
Note: You may wish to develop independent thinking in your
children by discussing about current events and occurrences. Any help
during an early age will assist your children develop decision making
skills and reasoning abilities that are so much required for becoming a
leader. Discuss about great leaders of the past and tell them stories
about these personalities. Role-playing that involves military and
leadership games often work as wonderful tonic to nurture leadership
skills in children.
The term “creativity” has several meanings and connotations. In a
general science, experts tend to link this term with the term
“giftedness” itself. However, some educational experts classify this as
a special term and they believe that this type of giftedness is present
in some children. Some of the areas of interest are painting, arts,
sculpture, pattern making, design making, calligraphy, forensic science,
hand writing recognition and others. Some of the main characters of
creatively gifted children are:
An uncanny ability to make
patterns, designs, shapes and formats from any raw materials like clay,
mud, sand, chalk and paper. Origami and paper modeling belongs to this
Some children may show an early tendency to creative
gardening. Pruning, grafting and bonsai art are some of the areas of
gardening that your children might an active interest.
are excellent in providing creative ideas to any problems at hand. They
are very quick in suggesting a creative idea and this ability comes as
an instantaneous reaction to a challenging situation. For example, a
child was just 10 ten years old and he was gifted in nature especially
in giving creative ideas. There was a wooden remodeling work in progress
in his house. The carpenters and woodworkers wanted to bring inside home
a lengthy piece of wood but could not because of the shallow hallway. As
they were trying hard to find a solution, our child came with a
brilliant yet practical suggestion - use the window grill gap on the
corner to inert the wood so that they can drag it slowly inside the room
and later transport it to the other room!
Some of the finest stone
carvers and wooden artists have been creatively gifted children. For
that matter, people who designed and created wonderful Roman and Greek
stone columns for big houses were definitely gifted with the ability.
Tips to enhance creativity skills
As soon as you notice
this skill, approach a child education specialist to find out methods to
train the area of giftedness.
Give them challenges that demand
creative and skilful solutions. For example, you may ask your children
for a creative solution to clean the house or decorating their rooms.
Assign only those activities that relate their area of giftedness.
For example, if you feel that your child is proficient in making models
from clay, provide them clay with different colors and materials. Give
them paints and shades to work on the finished products.
Giftedness is children are a rare occurrence. Possessing giftedness is
one thing but developing and nurturing it is a complex task. Parents
should consult gifted children experts to find out ways to nurture the
giftedness for practical realization of their talents and skills.
Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child's True Potential
By Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Ph.D and Mark S. Lowenthal, PsyD
This practical and compassionate book explains the reasons behind these struggles and offers
parents do-able strategies to help children cope with feelings, embrace learning, and build
satisfying relationships. Drawing from research as well as the authors' clinical experience,
it focuses on the essential skills children need to make the most of their abilities and become
capable, confident, and caring people.
The world tells bright children that their performance matters; they need us, their parents,
to tell them that they are much more than the sum of their accomplishments. They need to know
that we love them for their kindness, curiosity, imagination, determination, and sense of fun.