Related Topics of Gifted Children
Of course, all children have particular strengths and things they are very good at. In that way, we commonly think of all children as being “gifted” in one way or another. However, for the purposes of special school programs and services, a more specific definition of “gifted children” is used. In the special education sense, a “gifted student” is defined generally as a learner who has an “exceptional ability to learn.”. A gifted student may possess exceptionally high abilities in terms of one or more of the following aspects:
• Academic achievement.
• Intellect (including curiosity, motivation, and attention span).
• Personality traits (including leadership, ability, independence, and intuitiveness).
• One or more specific disciplines, such as the arts or athletics.
Gifted students, however, should not be expected to have strengths in all areas. Also, some gifted children have hidden learning disabilities that may go unnoticed for years,
because gifted children are able to compensate for their disabilities in the early years. Later, it may become harder and harder for them to excel, which can cause depression and behaviour problems. Some people may believe that gifted children do not need special support because “they are smart enough to succeed on their own.”
However, all learners need help, encouragement and appropriate learning experiences in order to be successful, and gifted children do require different educational programs in order to reach their full potential. Many gifted learners will become underachievers and/or dropout from learning or from school unless they receive guidance and adequate challenges in their early years. Later, it may become harder and harder for them to excel, which can cause depression and behaviour problems.