Gifted children

Students who are particularly talented or gifted also present unique career development challenges. Parents of these children are critical interpreters and advocates in their education and career planning.

According to the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), a gifted person is someone who shows, or has the potential for showing, an exceptional level of performance in one or more areas of expression. In this definition, the term "giftedness" applies to the entire spectrum of abilities, from the very broad (like thinking creatively) to the very specific (like mathematics or music). Some programs may use the term "outstanding talent."

Many gifted students achieve academically and are engaged in learning. Teachers, counselor, and parents often see them as requiring less guidance in school and career development. However, their ability "to do anything" can be confusing to them and can become an obstacle to setting and achieving goals. On the other hand, some of these gifted children may have very specific goals in mind, but because they are so young, they are not taken seriously.

Others gifted children downplay their giftedness by lowering their academic achievement and career aspirations. They may be unhappy in a traditional school learning environment and may not be achieving. The unmotivated gifted student is often seen as a problem student, with behavior and learning issues.

What can I do to prevent or reverse underachieving behavior in my gifted child?

Other resources:
  The ABCs of Gifted (National Association of Gifted Children Parents),