Raising a gifted child can be a challenging experience, and very often an exhausting one considering the child’s insatiable appetite for knowledge.
Frequently we consider a gifted child as one who is academically exceptional, but what we forget to keep in mind is that sometimes a gifted child’s talent lies in the creative side and not just necessarily in the academic of field.
Although most definitely a blessing, a gifted child can also be quite taxing to deal with. They are not easily satisfied with answers on their endless for information, and facts and details that satisfy other children of their same age are often not fulfilling to them. Many parents battle to -keep up’ with gratifying their child’s needs whether it be an academic or creative need.
Labelling them as gifted
Now, as parents we all like to boast about how smart our young ones are and how fast they are progressing, often labelling them as gifted when, in fact, this may not be true.
There is no hard and fast yard stick we can use to identify our child as gifted, but professional assessments will place a child in this -elite’ category by means of an IQ test. The general consensus is that an IQ of 145 or higher is regarded as exceptional. The test focuses on the child’s general mental ability. Mostly children’s attentions spans are short, but with a gifted child this is extended along with their ability to take in far greater amounts of information than normal in this period of time.
He can lose concentration quickly
However, although they can concentrate intensely and for great lengths of time, this mostly only rings true if the child is interested in the subject at hand. If not, he can quickly lose interest completely.
Not only is the gifted child’s ability to concentrate and learn increased, but so too are his energy levels, his imagination, sensitivity and his emotional intensity. This can make it tiresome on parents, his siblings and his teachers but for the sake of the child, all his loved ones need to pull together. A special education program may be in order.
Some parents choose not to treat their talented child as gifted despite a high IQ, preferring not to enhance the idea of being -different’ in the child’s mind. They often choose to believe their child will automatically excel if they have a higher than normal IQ. This is not necessarily the truth of the situation and therefore, parents could be doing their child a great injustice by not encouraging and nurturing this special gift. It’s imperative for parents to stimulate their child’s hunger for information on the home front by seeking out other gifted children and encouraging play dates, and by consulting the child’s teacher.
Some of the characteristics a gifted child may display could include problem solving, strong spontaneity, irrationality and an extreme imagination.
Convoluted thought processes
Gifted children often show signs of convoluted thought processes, are drawn to aesthetic values and think effortlessly. They are generally very observant and show great attention to detail. They may read so much it’s almost an obsession, appear non-trusting unless proof is provided, and can be very critical.
These are in no way negative attributes, so long as the right guidance is given.
It’s important to remember that a gifted child may more than likely not show all these traits. Some of the children with such high IQs may well struggle in certain areas.
If you think your child is a gifted child your first step would be to approach his teacher and then initiate an IQ test.
Don’t leave your child out in the cold. As difficult as it may be to -keep up’ with him or tolerate the exhaustion, keep in mind that patience and guidance is the virtue.