Gifted and Talented
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SOCIAL EMOTIONAL NEEDS - GIFTED AND TALENTED CHILDREN
NEED FOR ACCEPTANCE:
- Love them for who they are, not what they do
- Accept and embrace their differentness
- Be aware that it is difficult for them to find others like them
- Put them in places where they are likely to find other gifted children
- Practice the art of friendship; model social skills
- Help them develop self-confidence to know which friends they can do without
- Acknowledge their intensity and sensitivity
NEED FOR PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH:
- Encourage a healthy life style: nutrition, sleep, exercise
- Be alert for signs of stress or depression
- Provide emotional support
- Locate professional resources in the community
- Strive for excellence, not perfection
- Praise the process, rather than the finished product
- When communicating, share and accept feelings
NEED FOR LIMITS:
- Children without limits live in a world of insecurity
- Create house rules based on honesty, responsibility, and respect
- Use freedom within limits
- Make expectations clear
- Use consistency and fairness in discipline
- Consider the effect on the child’s self-esteem
- Assist the child in setting priorities
NEED TO BALANCE LEISURE AND LEARNING:
- Gifted students have a need to know
- Seek appropriate grade level content
- Provide opportunities for in-depth exploration
- Engage in activities that match their interests and talents
- Recognize their need for time alone
- Make leisure and family activities a priority
Source: Arlene R. DeVries, 6408 Allison, Windsor Heights, IA 50324, 515-276-9077 firstname.lastname@example.org
GIFTED AND TALENTED - WYOMING DEFINITION
The Wyoming Definition of Gifted:
Gifted and talented students identified by professionals and other qualified individuals as having outstanding abilities, who are capable of high performance and whose abilities, talents and potential require qualitatively differentiated educational programs and services beyond those normally provided by the regular school program in order to realize their contribution to self and society.
(Wyoming Stat. Ann. 21-9-101(c)(ii))
CHARACTERISTICS OF GIFTED STUDENTS
What does asynchronous development means in relationship to identification of gifted and talented students. Here's a link with a brief description:
What's Wrong with Perfect - an article by Dr. Sylvia Rimm:
Helping Gifted Students Cope with Perfectionism by Dr. Michael C. Pyryt - click on "there are 1 files available" below to read article
Your gateway to resources for and about gifted students.
SCHOOL RESOURCE FOR GIFTED AND TALENTED
Each school library has a copy of the book: A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children by Dr. James Webb and others.
If you think your child may be gifted or are interested in learning more about gifted kids, please visit with your school librarian.