Recognizing The Gifted Child And Their Struggles

Jun 15, 2016 at 2:32pm

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Many children are stereotyped to have emotional and behavioral problems without actually finding the root cause. These children are developmentally affected and may suffer long term if these issues aren’t addressed. Giftedness can influence a child’s behavior, but how does one figure out how?

Asynchronous Development can result in the following problems:

Able to understand abstract concepts yet unable to deal with those emotionally may lead to intense concerns about the future, death, sex and other relating issues.
Developmentally, gifted children may find the inability to complete a task they are more than capable of in envisioning intellectually. This may relate to perfectionism playing a role in their frustration as well.
Wise beyond words, a gifted child may switch between seriously intellectual conversations about world hunger one minute to crying over their sibling taking their favorite toy from them the next.

The problems that may arise where advanced reasoning and verbalism is achieved:

Usually being very argumentative and / or manipulative, adults would often describe them as little lawyers. We need to bare in mind that although credit should be given for logical and convincing arguments, discipline is still a fundamental must and should never be forgotten no matter how cute the behavior may look. Children who figure out they can manipulate adults end up feeling very insecure as they lack leadership from an adult.

Parents need to be aware of their manipulative behavior and should take care in not allowing this to happen. They may even try to outsmart their parents and teachers.

Possessing an advanced vocabulary and sense of humor, many gifted children are misunderstood. This can leave a feeling of rejection and inferiority. Quite often, they prefer to be around older children and adults for this exact reason.

What happens when the need for perfectionism and emotional sensitivities arise?

Perfectionism may lead to fear of failure. This may in turn cause a gifted child to give up before even trying something new.

Regularly appearing shy, their keen observation and ability to see beyond the obvious tends to cause them to hold back when in new situations in order to assess all the implications.

They also generally require all the relative info before answering questions, another of their unsure traits. This may make them come across as socially shy.

Feeling intensely sensitive, they don’t handle criticism very well, even anger becomes an issue. Childhood slights are not openly accepted.

Many suffer from “existential depression” as they are very easily affected by concerns over wars, starving children, pollution and other injustices and violence. Being overloaded with imagery and discussions on these issues can cause them to become completely introverted and withdrawn.

Almost all the characteristics of the gifted, may make a child feel “different”. Even from an early age, it is important to keep like minded children together as they understand and relate to each other.



source: www.theearthchild.co.za



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