Is your child thinking out of the box ideas to complete her assignments?
Does she complete her projects real fast, so you keep thinking what to make her do next?
Is your child showing specialised talents or outstanding potentials? Then consider her to be a gifted child, a child genius or an exceptionally talented child.
Just like with most parenting, there is no gifted child definition and neither are there defined gifted child characteristics. But experts believe that if your child genius shows an ‘asynchronous’ pattern of development, which means that her overall development –emotional, cognitive, physical– may not match with one another, you maybe onto something. For example, she may be excellent in some creative work but not good in maths, or vice-versa.
How to identify if you have a gifted child?
Manifestation of giftedness can be across domains such as creative, artistic, intellectual, academics, leadership, sports, etc. As a parent, you are generally the first to recognise the giftedness or the extraordinary talents in your talented kids (really there are no gifted children test or gifted child assessment). Giftedness and special talents in your child can be identified at home with careful observations of some specific characteristics, once she attains 5 years of age. However, it is important for you to remember that IQ (intelligence quotient) is not the only criteria to take into consideration here.
Use the below mentioned pointers to understand how to spot a gifted child:
- Your child’s curiosity is often more, and unconventional in nature, as compared to same age children
- Her language and vocabulary capacity seems to be different than other children
- She demonstrates original ideas
- She often generates different, and more creative approach to complete any task
- Your child is sensitive towards the environment. Often the surrounding environment makes your child sensitive and contemplate.
- She is emotionally more sensitive, demonstrating stronger feelings than other children of the same age.
- Her critical thinking skills are better, displaying novelty in problem solving and reasoning
Nevertheless, helping your gifted child to develop her potentialities is a challenging task for you and her educators. To help her at school you should always be in touch with your child’s educators. Try to make your child’s assignments interesting to keep her motivated.
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