18 Resources For The Parents Of Gifted Students

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Many parents think that their child is gifted, maybe because he walked before the other babies in the playgroup or was an early talker. However, does this mean that your child is gifted or just really smart? What is the difference between a child who is gifted and one who is highly proficient? As a parent, what should you do to make sure your child is getting what he needs in school? These questions and others will be answered in the following 18 blog entries. If you think your child might be gifted, you may benefit from reading these blogs.

Gifted vs. Highly Proficient

Sometimes children are labeled as gifted when they may just be ahead in their learning. Children who attended pre-school may be ahead academically when compared to a child who had no schooling prior to kindergarten.  Does this mean one child is gifted and the other is not? Determining the difference between a gifted child and a highly proficient one is a difficult task. The highly proficient child knows the answers to the questions, whereas a gifted child will ask questions that are beyond the scope of the lesson.  Read through these six blog posts and see if your child is gifted or highly proficient.

Parental Role

As a parent, you may want to know what your role is in determining if your child is gifted. Decades ago parents sent their kids to school and that was pretty much it. It was the teacher’s job to teach your child. Often, children who are labeled as gifted now were considered unruly or disruptive back then. So much more is understood about learning styles and various special needs that school is an entirely different ballgame now.  Parents may have to step in to make sure that their child is getting the attention that he requires to learn and reach his full potential. If you feel your child is gifted and not being challenged enough in class, you have the right to have him tested for the gifted program.

Testing for Giftedness

There are differing opinions about when a child should be tested for the gifted program. If you test a child in kindergarten, are you truly finding the gifted kids or just the ones that are ahead of the learning curve?  How should a child be tested? These questions and others will be discussed in the following six blog articles.

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