GIFTED LEARNERS

+ WHAT IS IT?

In broadest terms, to be gifted means to perform with ability significantly above one’s same-aged peers. Giftedness can occur in any domain—not just academics—and when speaking of children giftedness may also be seen as the potential for significantly elevated performance. The U.S. Department of Education defines giftedness as “Children and youth with outstanding talent who perform or show the potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared with others of their age, experience, or environment.” This definition is often used by school districts.

Giftedness is not a diagnosis.

Children may be academically gifted and simultaneously have a learning deficit (twice exceptional or 2e)

Gifted children often experience greater social and emotional struggles in part due to their asynchronous development.

+ HOW IS IT DIAGNOSED?

Giftedness is not a diagnosable condition, but rather a definition to explain exceptional ability.

+ HOW IS IT MANAGED?

Gifted children require specific instructional techniques that both honor the child’s gifts and allows them to progress at a pace commensurate with their gifts. In addition, special attention to the unique social and emotional needs of gifted children is imperative.

+ HOW CAN THINKING CAP HELP?

Thinking Cap learning specialists can address the difficulties that gifted children often face when working to both understand and accept their unique learning profiles. In addition, our Gifted Kids Survival Groups are created for gifted kids to work on projects within their area of exception while simultaneously learning more about what it means to be gifted and how to embrace it.

+ ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

National Association of Gifted Children: www.nagc.org
National Society for the Gifted and Talented: www.nsgt.org
Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted: www.seng.org
The Gifted Kids Survival Guide for 10 and Under and The Gifted Kids Survival Guide at Teen Handbook both by Judy Galbraith