Supporting Gifted Children

Parents, educators, and the broader community have a responsibility to support all children as they reach for their personal best. It is essential to support the growth and development of the whole gifted child including the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical domains.

Parents & Caregivers

That support begins at home. Parents and caregivers are usually the first to identify a child’s extraordinary gifts and talents. Parents recognize above norm abilities, interests, and passions that are different in other children they see. Being gifted often comes with challenges like asynchronous development or social and emotional challenges.

Parents can engage with their children to provide rich stimulation and learning experiences, and discover ways to partner with schools and resources in the broader community to nurture their child’s specialized learning needs.

Educators

Educators play a privileged role in the lives of gifted children and their families. Their primary job is to help gifted children develop their intellectual and academic potential in collaboration with the child’s parents.

Teaching gifted children is both exciting and challenging. Research shows that teachers encounter wide ranges of knowledge, skills, and abilities within their classrooms. Teacher must have the skills to differentiate their instruction to help children across the achievement spectrum to learn and grow every day.

Teaching gifted children may require special strategies like acceleration, flexible ability grouping, and even specialized pull-out programming. Pre-service training and professional learning will help ensure that students have teachers ready to help them.

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