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July 19, 2010

6 Signs That Your Child Might Be Gifted

Guest post by Chris Brantner

giftedThis week, July 18 – 24,  is National Parenting Gifted Children Week. In an effort to raise awareness, The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) has outlined a number of opportunities for spreading the word in your community about gifted children and the importance of high quality education.

Gifted and talented children often show signs that go unnoticed for years. Everyone likes to believe their children are gifted. But how do you know if a child is truly gifted and talented? Here are a few signs that a gifted child might show.

  1. They find beauty where others don’t Often visually gifted kids will see the world differently than the average child their age. Where a normal child sees a tree, the gifted child might take note of the way the leaves dance in the wind. They might even grow emotional over the beauty they find.
  2. They love to argue Don’t confuse this with being spoiled or rebellious. Gifted children often have impressive control over spoken word. They’re able to manipulate language and persuade. And they certainly want you to know when and why they believe they’re right.
  3. They search for the meaning of life You might find your child asking questions that seem above their level. They might ask what this all means or why they’re here. Such existentialist leanings could even make them prone to depression later on in life if they aren’t taught how to direct their thoughts.
  4. Impatient and disrespectful Some gifted kids just know things and have a hard time understanding why others don’t. As a result, they have little patience for those who don’t understand what they consider simple logic. These gifted children might be seen as disrespectful, as they have a hard time not challenging authority when punishments are deemed illogical.
  5. Bored in school Gifted kids often find school too easy. They coast through their activities just to sit and stare. Or worse, they refuse to do their assignments because they seem pointless. Often these students end up acting out and getting themselves in trouble. They’re labeled “trouble makers” but really all they need is a good challenge.
  6. They disassemble things and put them back togethercamera Some gifted students share two qualities. They’re curious and gifted with their hands. As a result, you might find them taking your cell phone apart, studying it, and attempting to put it back together. Meanwhile, their friends are playing with stuffed animals. Don’t get mad. Try to find ways to satisfy their curiosity and mechanical prowess. Try out this Design a Cell Phone game instead!

Keep in mind that the above signs don’t guarantee a gifted child. They also may occur independently in children. Or your child could show all of them. Whatever the case, if you think you have a gifted child on your hands, talk to a gifted specialist at your child’s school. They can perform the necessary tests and give you advice on how to handle your potentially gifted and talented child.

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Chris Brantner

Chris Brantner is a father and a teacher. He also heads up his own agency that offers copywriting services.

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  1. #2 is so true but my daughter doesnt just love to argue she has to justify her actions like yesterday when she followed her father down the stairs in the morning knowing that she isnt allowed to go down the stairs her self. She was asked if she was supose to walk to down the steps by herself and she replyed “i didnt walk, i crawled” my 2 year old is really a 15 year old in disguise she’s got a snotty comeback for everything.

    Comment by Megan — July 19, 2010 @ 6:59 am

  2. Thanks for this post. My daughter has been driving me crazy with all six of these almost as long as she’s been speaking (at six months old, she looked up at me with complete clarity in her eyes and said “Mama!”) At four, she was already questioning her mortality. I don’t think families with ‘peacefully average’ children fully understand the complexity of living with/raising a gifted child…. or two or three! Especially since, ironically, these kids want nothing more than NOT to be different.

    Comment by Jennine — July 20, 2010 @ 7:02 am

  3. @ Megan– Just remember, even if your child is gifted, we have to make sure we are teaching them how to control their tendencies. Gifted children are especially great at learning that if they perform an action and get a certain consequence, they can avoid the negative consequence by altering their actions.

    Comment by Chris HELP! — July 20, 2010 @ 9:49 am

  4. @Jennine- agreed. People don’t understand the “plight” of the gifted. Its especially sad how many gifted kids go unchallenged in school. So much focus is placed on the underperforming and the gifted kids usually just get a pat on the head. Its sad.

    Comment by Chris HELP! — July 20, 2010 @ 4:54 pm

  5. Thank you for sharing this. I’m always looking for smart resources to send to clients and my coworkers, and this article is certainly worth sharing!

    Comment by Mendy Cavener — July 22, 2010 @ 4:26 pm

  6. @ Mendy Cavener- Thanks! If you’re looking for more gifted resources, http://www.hoagiesgifted.org has all sorts of good stuff. Check it out.

    Comment by Chris HELP! — August 6, 2010 @ 5:56 am

  7. Growing up as a gifted child myself, recognizing that I was different, but not realizing what it meant until age fifteen, made the beginning of my transition from childhood to adulthood challenging at best. As Jennine above says ‘these kids want nothing more than not to be different’ but denying potential gifts is also detrimental. This article is wonderful not only for the parents of a gifted child but for the child him/herself. Aknowledging and even learning to embrace their gift is oh so important so that the child knows how to deal with themself and how to ‘direct their thoughts’ as mentioned in sign number three. Thanks so much for sharing!!

    Comment by Anonymous — February 25, 2011 @ 11:43 am

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