Parents are the best people to notice if a child is gifted. The following are links to articles that may give parents a good feel of what they need to look out for in their children.

 

  1. “How Do I Know if My Child is Gifted?” “Is my child gifted?” That is a question many parents ask. Finding the answer is not always easy because gifted children are individuals. They are as different from one another as non-gifted children are from other non-gifted children. However, gifted children have enough in common to make it possible to determine if a child is gifted or not. One just has to consider several different factors.
  2. Defining Characteristics of Giftedness – Useful article on distinguishing the differences between average, smart, gifted and exceptionally gifted children.
  3. Frequently Asked Questions About Extreme Intelligence in Very Young Children. – This article offers answers about developmental needs, testing and assessment, challenges in raising a profoundly gifted young child, educational needs, play and preschool. Also included is a list of resources.
  4. Social and Emotional Problems affecting Gifted Children – Gifted Children have distinct social and emotional needs arising from the giftedness. These can lead to problems if not understood and properly nurtured.
  5. Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted Child by Pamela Clark, PhD. Presentation slides.
  6. Overexcitability and the Gifted Polish psychologist Kazimierz Dabrowski identified five of these intensities, which he called “overexcitabilities” or “supersensitivities”: Psychomotor, Sensual, Emotional, Intellectual, and Imaginational. Gifted children tend to have more than one of these intensities, although one is usually dominant.
  7. Profiles of the Gifted and Talented This article by George Betts and Maureen Neihart offers a succinct chart that profiles 6 different “types” of gifted individuals. They are successful, challenging, underground, dropouts, double-labeled and autonomous. It includes their feelings, attitudes, behaviors, needs, adults & peers perceptions, identification, home and school support.
  8. Dr Bertie Kigore’s chart on learning traits of high achievers, gifted learners and creative thinkers. Useful Information on Child Development in Various Areas. Gifted Children are frequently early in achieving some, many or even all of these typical developmental milestones
  9. Drawing Development, or Artistic Stages in Children
  10. Language and Speech Development in Children
  11. The Role of Pretend Play in Children’s Cognitive Development
  12. Table of Developmental Milestones Contrasting Normal & Gifted Babies & Toddlers
  13. Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis of Gifted Children, please read this to know why it is very important to find out if your child is gifted

 

Natural Temperament and Learning Styles must also be considered. Research indicates these two factors are essentially inborn and that a child’s maximum potential can only be reached when these factors are taken into consideration. The following links provide only selective information.