Is Your Child Gifted?

Profoundly gifted young people come from all ethnic groups, races, economics levels and geographic areas. Many parents would wonder, are gifted children born or nurtured?

Achieving excellence in education starts at home. Developing primary skills like verbal, tactile and cognition will help children lay a strong foundation for future success in school. Parents may want to develop a generalized technique that stresses on a "demonstrate how-to" approach, while training their children. Modeling approach is the best way to teach your children. If you show and demonstrate them how to do or perform activities, you will help them enhance their natural curiosity. Once children develop very high levels of curiosity, they will need appropriate resources to kick-start learning process.

Most gifted children display a higher rate of concentration and memory capacity. There is no typical gifted child, for particular talents and social environments give rise to varying personality patterns. Achievement patterns also vary. Differences among them will be found, even when they are grouped together. Some are very strong in one subject and weak in others.

Characteristics common in gifted childrenParents can tell if their children might be gifted by focusing on a range of behaviors that occur in the daily conversations, activities, and responses to learning opportunities. Here is a list of characteristics common in gifted four, five, and six year olds:
Express curiosity about many things
Ask thoughtful questions
Have extensive vocabularies
Are able to express themselves well
Solve problems in unique ways
Have good memories
Exhibit unusual talent in art, music, or creative dramatics
Exhibit original imaginations
Use previously learned things in new contexts
Are able to order things in logical sequence
Show talent in making up stories and telling them
Are interested in reading.
Desire to work independently and take initiative
Are very observant
Have sustained attention spans and are willing to persist on challenging tasks
A gifted child might not show all of the above characteristics all the time, but parents and professionals will generally see a pattern when observing over an extended period of time.Reasons to find out if the child is gifted
Knowing the pattern of cognitive strengths and weaknesses can help parents to plan the best learning experience.
Many gifted students often challenge authority figures by questioning classroom rules.
Children who are gifted are more comfortable with children and classes that deal with them at their own level. Gifted students thrive when placed with students of similar ability. In the wrong learning setting, giftedness can be as paralyzing as a learning handicap.
The best assessments are those that look at the child as a whole. A thorough assessment will take into account the whole child, and will also look at how the child is adapting socially and emotionally to being "different". Essentially, following the 'Theory of Multiple Intelligences' proposed by Dr. Howard Gardner.

Many gifted children are frustrated by the constraints of ordinary classrooms and their abilities go unnoticed. As a parent, it is our responsibility to look at our child as a whole to assess their potential gifted 'intelligences' within them.

When parents understand how their child develops and use the correct programs to teach their baby, they can become the best teachers their baby will ever have. Best of all, baby's time can be used productively and parents, on the other hand, establish a close parent-child relationship resulting in deeper love for one and another; a lasting experience of fun, enjoyment, achievement and pride.