Gifted children have unique abilities. Their
needs, strengths and weaknesses are different from normal children. Gifted
children are quite often misunderstood by people due to prevalent myths about
them. Get to know more about the myths and facts about gifted children.
Gifted children have unique abilities like excellent memory,
language ability or attention span. Such children often have exceptional
imagination and curiosity. They have a special interest and ability in fields
like music or the arts. However just like normal children these kids too have
widely different needs, strengths, and weaknesses. They normally find it
difficult to adjust in a group and engage in activities which their peers find
interesting. Unless intellectually challenged gifted children get bored very
easily in a typical classroom. Hence they are misunderstood by their own
teachers and classmates.
Gifted Children - Facts and Myths
Here are some common myths and facts about gifted
Myths About Gifted
kids have the ability to do everything that they want to. Once they make up
their minds they can do just about anything that they desire.
children have exceptional skills and abilities. Hence they do not need any
extra time or attention of their parents.
children are always toppers in their class- they do not need to work as hard as
their peers for getting good grades.
children do not need any help with their school studies. Being born intelligent they have
the ability to cope with the school curriculum on their own.
Real Facts About
children normally aim for total perfection in whatever they do. This often
leads to fear of not doing well and interfering with their academic
gifted children are far more intellectually developed as compared to their
peers they may lag behind in social and emotional development.
children are far superior in terms of their intellectual ability and well
versed with their school curriculum even before the school starts.
school does not excite gifted children and they get bored easily. Boredom
is said to be one of the prime reasons for gifted children getting low
grades in school.
kids who do well in school find it difficult to accept
children continuously aim for perfection and achieve to be toppers.
Winning becomes an obsession with such children.
- By the
time they reach adolescence
such children become reluctant to try out anything where they are not
certain of guaranteed success.
children prefer playing it safe and undertake tasks which they can do with
perfection again and again.
children need not necessarily go through school with their own age mates.
Although, it is essential that the gifted child interact socially with
children of her own age group she need not learn with them.
There are gifted children who may have a chronological age
of seven and a mental age of 12. Such a child may have started reading and
learning from the time she turned two. It would be unfair to put such a child
in elementary reading class with other seven year olds. Such a child needs to
learn with older children engaged in advanced studies.
Raising a gifted child is by no means an easy task. Such
children require parents who are open, encouraging and flexible in their
thinking and ideas. Gifted children find it difficult to fit into social groups
comprising of children of the same age. Hence their parents must accept this
fact and not force the child to fit in. In the majority of cases the child may
have already got hints about her being a misfit from her classmates, friends
and other acquaintances. Gifted children must be aware that their parents are
proud of their uniqueness and love them for what they are.