Gifted Children’s Strengths Often Present Challenges
|Scooped by Julie Newman|
This blog post and visual both are very helpful in understanding the struggles that can come with being a gifted child. This post offers a point of view that I have not seen before. It considers that, while a child's developmental abilities are far beyond their years, their emotional and physical abilities are not. This can cause a lot of frustration for the teacher, the parent, and the child. This situation where a child's intellect are typically "older" than his or her other abilities is known as asynchronous development. One example the post gave that allowed me to put this into perspective was to consider a five year old, with the thinking ability of a fourth grader in a social setting. This child will have difficulty finding friends because the children his age are too immature while the older kids do not take him or her seriously. This example showed me how, not only can giftedness present a academic challenge, but it can also lead to emotional distress and lack of social skills. I think that the visual provided in the blog does an excellent job at describing the strengths gifted children have, and explaining how these strengths can also lead to consequential struggles. One example includes the stregth of a gifted child to have intense and focused particular passions. The visual shows that the flip side of this may be that these passions may be very different from children of similar age, leading to the inability to connect with other children and can lead to bullying if other children believe the gifted child's passions are weird. I think this visual is an important tool for teachers in with gifted students, especially if they are in a regular classroom, because they can use it to understand how some of this child's abilities can effect him or her in a negative way.