Why is it if you have a child who is in any way delayed or has a condition that causes behavior problems or trouble in school, people are completely sympathetic and supportive. But, if you have a gifted child who has behavior problems or trouble in school, due to the specific nature of gifted children, you're just bragging and exaggerating?
Gifted kids (in general) are prone to problems sleeping, are short tempered or quick to become emotional, and process information differently, so that they make intuitive leaps far beyond their age, but may not have the emotional/social context to truly understand it (which means they sound like they understand things when they really don't, and can easily become scared or worried about them if they aren't explained fully).
This is all documented and researched, and is even part of the curriculum used when designing G&T programs for schools. Professionals understand it. Why then, is the general public so hostile to it? Why is it if you ask someone for ideas of how to help a child who is bored to tears in school, they immediately go on the defensive and start listing all their own child's accomplishments instead of simply answering the question?
Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 1:40 PM on Feb. 3, 2011
Answer by gramsmom at 1:40 PM on Feb. 3, 2011
When my son was in early primary grades, don't remember which, he brought home a math test and was frustrated with the teachers grading. One of the questions was about using so many coins to come up with a certain $ amount. the teacher had marked his answer wrong, but it added up to the correct amount, he had just used odd coins (silver dollar or something else). When we asked the teacher why, "I never thought to use that combination, it isn't normal, so it must be wrong". Sadly not even the professionals always know how to handle them.
When you have gifted kids, you have to learn to think outside the box.
Answer by emptynstr at 2:00 PM on Feb. 3, 2011
Where does your theory show all the therapies the gifted child must go through? Where are the temper tantrums that last 5 minutes to 5 hours? Where is the parent' exhaustion? Where is the fight for doctor's to finally listen? Where is knowing your child may never thrive and the worry over it?
A gifted child will more than likely have an excellent paying job where the other children may not. There is a constant worry as a parent. I also must think outside of the box.
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