essential to motivate a gifted child to nurture his extraordinary talent. Read
on to find tips for motivating a gifted child and make sure that you draw a
line between motivation and persuasion.
children need motivation? Is it possible that a gifted child suffers from learning disabilities and underachieves in school? What causes lack
of motivation in a gifted child? How can parents motivate an underachieving
gifted child? In this article you will find ways and means of motivating a
gifted underachieving child. There is a lot that parents can do to encourage
such children who may have an interest in subjects other than pure academics.
The key here is to help and encourage the child pursue subjects of her special
interest be it drawing, music or dance.
Tips for Motivating a Gifted Child
Here is how
to motivate an underachieving gifted child:
Nurturing Special Interests - Gifted does not
imply that a child will necessarily excel in academics. The gifted child may
love and be passionate about things outside academics like music, dance, animal
or just about anything else. It is essential for parents to become aware of the
child's interests and provide ample opportunities for her to pursue her passion
in addition to academics.
Opportunities to Explore - It can be extremely frustrating for a child
who is interested in music to keep concentrating on studies
all the time. Unless the child is allowed to pursue music and learn more about
it, over a period of time this can de-motivate her. Hence along-with studies
such a child must be given opportunities to learn music by participating in
community programs or by taking formal music lessons.
Connect Schoolwork and Special Interest of
the Child - A child
aspiring to be a writer may not realize the link between school curriculum and
her own goals. It is important that such a child knows and understands the
importance of learning the language in which she would like to write to achieve
her dreams of becoming a writer. Parents must highlight this fact to the child
and make her see the connection between the two. Once the child realizes the
connection she is bound to become self motivated and start taking interest
Motivation is Not the Same as School
Achievement â€“ Being gifted
is not only about excelling in school. Many gifted children do not feel
motivated to do well in school. However, if asked to work in a field in which
they are passionate about, such children become self motivated and do
remarkably well. Continuing with the above example, a child with unique
language abilities who aspires to be writers will have the ability to
participate in and win writing competitions with ease although she may be only
an average performer in school.
Praise - Most of what gifted children do come to them
without much difficulty. They do not realize the extent of personal effort they
have put in to achieve the results. Parents take achievement for granted and do
not praise the child adequate for their performance. Praise
is something that works extremely well to motivate both gifted and normal
children. Hence to help a child succeed, parents must continuously praise each
and every effort taken by the child however small or big it may be.
Challenges - Challenges excite gifted children. Parents
must use their imagination and creativity to make dull tasks challenging for
the gifted child. For example linking schoolwork to the subject in which the
child is gifted is an effective approach to motivate the child to do her homework. It is important for parents and teachers of
a gifted child understand that unless intellectually challenged such children
tend to get bored easily and may become lazy over a period of time.
Motivation is a key to the success of the gifted
child. Therefore, parents should always motivate their gifted child and give
him a scope to polish his talent as much as you can. Motivation is as important
as talent identification for giving child a bright future.