You have established that your child is different – not the average child by any means. You may be wondering if your child is actually gifted or not. There are many checklists available online where you can compare the traits in the list with the traits of your child. However, many paint all gifted children the same – studious, they can recall facts or great detail and began reading early these are often some of the characteristics listed.
However, this is not always the profile of the gifted child. As an educator I know that this is not always the true picture of the gifted child.The gifted and creative can be restless, have a short attention span and may be disruptive. Why? They are bored!
It is also important to know that a child may be gifted in certain areas or subjects but perform on an average level in others. Ironically, the gifted child may also not test exceptionally well in any area because of anxiety. This does not mean they are not gifted and unless a teacher is particularly perceptive, this child may not be recognized as being above average intelligence or aptitude.
Often it is the parent who is the best judge of their own child’s ability and parents must maintain the dialogue with educators and school officials to ensure that their children are given an opportunity to develop their intellectual or creative skills. It may be difficult though to convince teachers if your child does not fit the stereotypical profile of a gifted child. There are some interesting books out there to help guide you through as a parent such as Parenting Gifted Kids . In these cases you must seek out alternative options for your child. In my next blog I will discuss some alternatives in schooling for your gifted child.
You know there is always plenty of discussion about those who are differently abled. The term though implies that a child is not average but that they are below average. I ask what about those who are above average intelligence, have a flair for the creative and the ones who are innovative? What is there for them?
I ask because as an educator I see that those who think differently who refuse to be confined to the box of the school house, the curriculum core, the teacher’s own perceptions and beliefs are left perhaps not behind but aside.
What type of society will we be if we do not nurture the differently abled at all ends of the spectrum. I think it is important that children who are intellectually and creatively brilliant be given a platform. That their parents and educators be given the tools to engage them and move their talents to the community or world stage. I want to empower this group of young people.
You will begin to see changes in my site and blog as I develop my mission and grow my platform. The learning lounge will be a place where intellect, innovation and creativity lie!
Until next time.