Every parent thinks his or her child is special and they are. Children grow and develop, both physically and mentally, at different levels. Some which were slower in the beginning excel academically later. Others who got off to a great start with walking and talking may settle into an average capacity.
Still, other children seem to exhibit signs of knowledge and accomplishment beyond their years. Whether or not a child is super-smart or just average usually isn’t the issue for most parents, so long as the child is healthy and happy. But for kids who are gifted recognizing this and helping them to receive the proper education is in his best interest.
Gifted children have been recognized as early as six months of age. As the child gets even older the signs are often more recognizable. Some gifted children exhibit signs of annoyance when playing with toys. Perhaps they’ll pick it up, look at it and immediately toss it aside. Other kids will do ingenious things with the toy which was never the original intention. Gifted children need lots of stimulation and are easily annoyed with simple toys after they’ve mastered it.
As kids enter pre-school teachers and parents often become extremely aware that the child is advancing faster than other children. The child may have areas where he is still on the same level as other children, such as drawing, but are becoming quickly more advanced than the others in another area, such as articulation. Being more advanced than the other children in one area does not constitute a gifted child. At the same time, a child can be just a regular child but gifted in one particular area, like music.
Talk to your child’s pre-school or kindergarten teacher to see if he agrees that the child is probably gifted. Tests can be given to the child to find out if he or she is truly gifted. The tests are performed without the presence of the parent although sometimes a two-way mirror is provided for the parent to view the child during testing. Tests include a list of abilities like recognition, repetition and response time.
If your child is found to have an extremely high IQ there are programs to provide the child with higher learning skills suited for his abilities. The child can still attend regular school with other kids his age if that’s your wish but additional classes can be added to the schedule after school to move him along academically.
If you decide to enter your child in a program for the gifted and he excels there could come a time when regular classroom teaching is no longer appropriate. Try not to hold the child back even though it’s difficult to let them grow up so quickly.
Many gifted children keep to themselves somewhat and it’s best to encourage him away from this habit. Read to your child and encourage him to read to you – aloud. Reading remains one of the best ways for kids to learn.Many gifted children