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Is My Child Gifted?

Gifted and talented young individuals may sometimes show specific traits. Characteristics that young gifted children may display:

  • Verbal precocity
  • Intense curiosity
  • Capacity to understand abstract concepts and ask complex questions
  • Adult-like sense of humor
  • Intense interest in fantasy play
  • Mature choice of words
  • Early interest in reading
  • Long attention span for topics of interest
  • Unusual interest in conversations and activities of older children and adults
  • Frustration when work is not perfect or when a skill cannot be mastered easily

Learn more about Giftedness

The Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children: What do we know?
Neihart, M., Reis, S., Robinson, N. & Moon, S., Prufrock Press, 2002

The Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Kids. 2nd Edition
Walker, S., Free Spirit Press, 2004

Stand Up for Your Gifted Child
Smutny, J.F., Free Spirit Press 2001

Genuis Denied: How to Stop Wasting our Brightest Minds
Davidson, Bob and Jan, Simon & Schuster, 2004

The Young Gifted Child: Potential & Promise
Smutny, J.F.(Editor), Free Spirit Publishing, 1996

Dweck, Carol), Random House, 2006

This is a MUST READ for all parents of gifted children, parents of children who are being overlooked because "they are doing fine" in school, parents of children who you know are gifted but it is not "evident" in the classroom. (May 8, 2012)

Education Week: Study Sheds Light on 'Twice Exceptional' Students

Is this Gifted Model good enough for your child? (October 11, 2011)

Gifted Education: A Day in the Life

Should I test my child to see if he/she is gifted? (Augst 2, 2011)

Private Testing for Gifted Kids... If and When?

Laura Wirsig's explores the variety of giftedness (June 22, 2011)

Gifted isn't defined as just being smart

Sylvia Rimm's Parenting Column: Go to Question #2 (April 25, 2011)

How to deal with less verbally gifted children who are more comfortable just "blending in"?

Treating Students as Gifted Yields Impressive Academic Results, Study Finds (March 24, 2011)

Tapping Academic Potential in Young Children

The Need to Continue Research & Advocacy for Gifted & Talented Girls & Women (Sally M. Reis, Universtity of Connecticut)

The Importance of Advocating for Young Gifted Females

eHow (February 8, 2011)

Strategies for Gifted and Talented Students

Archives. . .

Gifted Education in Crisis (November 27, 2010)

Overexcitabilities and the Holidays

The Wall Street Journal (November 12, 2010)

"No You Can't: Is genius a simple matter of hard work? Not a chance."

SciTopics: Research summaries by experts (October 14, 2010)

Cultivating Multiple Talents for Young Gifted Children in Taiwan

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