Some Myths About Gifted Children

After Reading posts about Gifted kids and so many myths which people had, I searched the internet and found what are the common myths and hope to answer various questions by fellow KSP parents also.

Gifted Kids are like cream that rises to the top in a classroom:

Not necessarily. Gifted Children can have hidden learning disabilities that go undiscovered because they can easily compensate for them in the early years. As time goes on though, it becomes harder and harder for them to excel. Which can lead to behavior problems and depression.

 

Gifted Kids are so smart they do fine with or without special programs:
They may appear to do fine on their own. But without proper challenge they can become bored and unruly. As the years go by they may find it harder and harder as work does become more challenging, since they never faced challenge before.
Gifted and Talented means the same thing:
Again, not necessarily. There is no rule that states that a child who is capable of scoring to the high ninety percentiles on group achievement testing must be considered gifted. We must remember that achievement tests like the Metropolitan Achievement Tests are "Grade Level Testing". Such a child is most definitely Academically Talented. But further individualized IQ and out of level academic testing must be given before we can define that child as "Gifted". At the same time, there is no rule that states a child identified as gifted should be Achieving to high standards in the classroom. This type of stereotyping can do serious and irreversible damage to both groups. ANY child can benefit from enrichment. Academically Talented Children can benefit from Honors (Grade Level) Classes. Intellectually Gifted children need a differentiated curriculum and possibly even a different environment.

They need to go through school with their own age mates:
Where it’s true that children need to play and interact socially with other children their age, they do not need to learn with them. Especially in the case of a highly gifted child who may have a chronological age of six and a mental age of 11 who has been reading since two. To put that child in a reading class with other six year olds who are just learning to read is sheer torture for that child.

Giftedness is something to be jealous about:
This is perhaps the most damaging myth. More often than not gifted children can feel isolated and misunderstood. They have more adult tastes in music, clothing, reading material and food. These differences to other children can cause them to be shunned and even abused verbally or physically by other children. Experts in the field of gifted education are beginning to address the higher incidences of ADHD and Spelling/Handwriting disabilities in the gifted population verses those in the much larger normal population.

 

GEP

It is advise not to go for GEP prep course, can’t identify giftedness and might not be able to cope!
Unless desperate…  

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Thanks for liking it DesertWind!!

Thanks for sharing this,

Thanks for sharing this, LKVM!

Yes you are right EN

We always think gifted kids will automatically perform best in the class but it might not be true as well…

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How to find out

Thanks for the article. How to find out whether a kid is Intellectually Gifted and if not the normal school, where can we send them to?

Great Article!

Thanks for sharing this article.

Often I’ve heard gifted kids are equated with great school results. These stems into hot housing issues ensuring their kids are at the top of the cream.

Great to hear from you again LKVM.

 

Regards

EN

Thanks notabox!!

Thanks notabox for liking the article, I hope your friend can benefit from it.

So timely for my friend!

This article came just timely for a friend of mine!

Gifted Kids are like cream that rises to the top in a classroom:

Not necessarily. Gifted Children can have hidden learning disabilities that go undiscovered because they can easily compensate for them in the early years. As time goes on though, it becomes harder and harder for them to excel. Which can lead to behavior problems and depression.

My friend’s dd has always been matured for her age and was often thought to be bright when she was growing up. Much to my friend’s dismay however, her dd failed 2 out of the 3 subjects in P1 this year. She is having a hard time teaching her dd as her dd will simply refuse to attempt anything that requires thinking. She is also unattentive in class, even up to the extent of disrupting lessons . 

I have sent my friend this article in hope that she can consider sending her dd for an assessment to determine if her girl has any learning disabilities. Who knows, the little girl may just be gifted but not given the right teaching. 

Thanks for this! 

Thanks Duriz

Yes gifted shouldnt be just stereotyping and expect them to come 1st etc.. they should be treated as normal ppl as well!!

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At the same time, there is

At the same time, there is no rule that states a child identified as gifted should be Achieving to high standards in the classroom. This type of stereotyping can do serious and irreversible damage to both groups. ANY child can benefit from enrichment.

Finally get to read something from you, dear LKVM.

Great article, thank you for sharing. Most parents are quick to jump on the "gifted" bandwagon. But we need to take into consideration the most important variable: the child.

However "normal" or "regular" or "gifted" or "talented" he/she may be, he/she is still just that, a child.

It would be far more beneficial for the child to enjoy his/her childhood and set/grow at his/her own pace.

JMHO 

 

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