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The Gifted Child

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The definition of a gifted child

Rahul is a shy, quiet boy in your class, whose unobtrusive presence often goes unnoticed. But Rahul is a person transformed, when he is on the stage. The shy, introverted Rahul is transmuted into an intense actor, giving depth and realness to a make believe character. Gayatri is an average student, barely managing to make the grade. But she has a special gift for computations and mathematical equations. The most complex problems are solved with ease and accuracy. And there is Sameer the most intelligent boy, the all rounder who excels in studies and games. These are what psychologists would call  'GIFTED CHILDREN'. 

Gifted children are those who possess abilities that give evidence of high performance capabilities in intellectual, creative, specific academic areas, leadership ability, or in the performing or visual arts.

Typically gifted children have an extraordinary ability to exercise sensitive judgment for solving problems, to adapt to new situations, and to learn from new experiences. They also have an extraordinary memory and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. They have strong vivid imaginations, quick and fluent mental associations and a strong and powerful drive that often helps them overcome constraints.

Gifted children are fluent, elaborate, and original thinkers, often able to generate possibilities, consequences and related ideas. They are bestowed with a sense of independence and purposefulness and an exceptional dedication to their field of productivity. 
 

Tapping the potential 

Exploring the full potential of the gifted child is a long and difficult process and often requires the encouragement and understanding of his parents and teachers. Very often these gifted children go unnoticed and undiscovered, to the extent that their exceptional talent is often submerged and forgotten. These exceptional children often end up being underachievers, as they are unable to realize their potential. 

One of the most important persons in discovering and nurturing the gifted child is the teacher. Teachers are among the first people to discover these hidden, often seemingly innocuous talents and qualities in children and often prove to be the stepping stones to glory and greatness. It is the teachers who are able to inspire the belief and confidence in the child about his exceptional ability or gift. It is only through their understanding, guidance, motivation and encouragement that children realize their immense worth and are able to channelize it to greater heights. Gifted children are precious. They are endowed with special abilities that need to be nurtured.

Gifted children are a resource‚Ķnot just of a school or a community but of a country‚Ķ Just imagine if Ramakant Achrekar had not noticed the immensely talented, little boy, India would not have had the great legend called Sachin Tendulkar! ! ! 

So parents, if you think you have a gifted child, provide him all the encouragement and support so that he achieves his fullest potential.  Next week, we will provide some more information on gifted children.

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Sumita.7 years ago
My 2 year old can recognize logos and read them out later on in any other place...he also recognizes movies, characters etc. He has an exceptionaly well vocabulary and pronounces each word very clearly. He started to recognize books, and speak out the contents of picture books by seeing its cover. is this a sign of a gifted chid? I want some advise on this.
 
 
 
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Nitu Shah.8 years ago
i would like to know if there are any institutes specialising in educating "gifted children"

if some one has details pls. mail the same to me at
udit2k@sify.com
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Tara Edwards.8 years ago
we are not of indian decent, but my son, who in not yet two, is extremely talented. he can already count to ten and can say alphabet clusters. (abcde, hijk, wxyz.) i feel it is only a matter of weeks before he is putting it all together! if anyone has any information on teaching techniques, lessons, etc. to help his already amazing mind along the way.....please e-mail me and let me know. thankyou!
 
 
 
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lope.8 years ago
is there any essay on gifted children in malaysia
 
 
 
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Katy.8 years ago
i am considered a gifted child. i just wanted to add that even though there are many gifted children that go unnoticed there are many who are noticed yet get tested and failt the iq test, even when they are obviously talented. what are you views on this subject?
 
 
 
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Manisha.8 years ago
i have a 7 months old child.
how will i know whether she is a gifted child or not?
what are the ways for encouraging. can mother be a teacher? is this harms the child? i mean scolding and all..
so is it possible that the child will start fearing her mother?
 
 
 
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nusara.8 years ago
i would like to know about research and development for gifted in visual and performing art or something like that.
if anyone has any information; please mail to me at nthongpond@hotmail.com
 
 
 
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Neena Mehta.8 years ago
i feel that my daughter is gifted. how can i find that out?
my e-mail is gunvj@myiris.com
 
 
 
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Usha Pandit.8 years ago
i worked in auckland and jakarta as a teacher and coordinator of gifted programmes. your article is on spot on many counts. however gifted education is a special needs area as it covers the other end of the learning spectrum which is made up of the learning disabled and challenged at one end the average to bright in the middle and children with exceptional abilities at the other end. children have a preference for one area of talent but this generally indicates an overall ability that is superior. gifted children are curious and intense and sensitive and know they are different. there is often low self esteem despite their better abilities and this causes social problems in peer groups. these problems manifest in a variety of ways from dumbing down to fit in to agressive acting out in classrooms and behaviour problems.
gifted children require extra stimulation that is not often possible to give in the classroom given the constraints of numbers and curriculum pressures. there is a lot of mythology that surrounds gifted education and even in developed countries it is still in its infancy.
email me at usha_mail@yahoo.com for more information.
 
 
 
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Manoj.8 years ago
would like to know what resources are available
for gifted children in bombay
email me at mganjaria@yahoo.com
 
 
 
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