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Brilliant children and their challenges

Updated: Oct 10, 2022

One of the most common issues these children face are the consequences of their asynchronous development “many ages at once”.

Some young, extremely gifted children have difficulty forming friendships, because their play is much more complex than that of most children.

Generally, gifted toddlers, preschoolers, and children of all ages need more intellectual stimulation than other children do. This is often underestimated and not provided in schools.

Challenges of parents of extremely gifted children

Families of profoundly gifted children may grieve for some of the things they are missing – being able to freely share and compare a child’s accomplishments with other moms or dads at the playground; being able to provide their child with a “normal” school experience free from the distractions of seemingly endless meetings on how to adapt curriculum.

Options to meet a gifted child’s educational needs

  • Early entrance to kindergarten or first grade

  • Acceleration in one or more subject areas

  • A mentor in an interest area

  • Home enrichment or homeschooling; an individualized, self-paced educational program in one or more subjects

  • Deep exploration of topics of individual interest

  • Early admission to the gifted program (in most school systems, gifted programs don’t start until third grade)

  • Cluster grouping with other gifted and highly gifted children in a regular classroom. Placement in a full-time, self-contained preschool or kindergarten for highly gifted children.

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