According to estimate from the World Health Organization (WHO), 2% of children are extremely gifted. Therefore, gifted children are in your family, school, and community.
The education system or specialists in psychology don’t always recognize exceptionally gifted children, and few receive the attention that they need to reach their potential. If they’re girls or come from a family of low socio-economic status, they’re even more difficult to spot.
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There are also many false beliefs about this condition are falsely diagnosed as having Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), (with or without hyperactivity), bipolar disorder, or Asperger’s Syndrome.
How to Detect Gifted Children
Many specialists agree that to know if a child is talented, they must be 5 or 6 years old. However, others say signs appear between 2 and 4 years.
Also, it’s common to confuse high academic performance with an exceptionally gifted child. Although a gifted child can be seen as very brainy, it’s a very separate intelligence. A gifted child may get average grades but not actually bad ones.
According to the clinical psychologist Linda Kreger Silverman, founder of the Gifted Development Center in Denver, U.S.A, extraordinarily gifted children have certain qualities. They:
- Ask and cross-question logically,often embarrassing parents or teachers
- Do usual things in an unusual way
- Give intelligent explanations to not do chores or because they don’t want to go to school
- Have a high aptitude to create stories or brilliant jokes
- Are capable of remaining calm in chaotic moments
- Dedicate themselves to an activity that they’re ardent about
- Are aware of things that are biased and defend those that can’t defend themselves
Educators are ignorant of the overexcitement that gifted children exhibit in different aspects of their development. Therefore, this often causes misdiagnosis.
Outstandingly gifted children tend to live in their own world. They easily invent, fantasize, and create imaginary friends to escape boredom. This can make them to confuse reality with fiction. They can imagine, draw, or write stories from their imaginations.
Gifted children don’t like remaining idle, they move around when they get bored. They appear to have attention problems and episodes of hyperactivity. Consequently, their verbal or physical agitation makes it seem like they may suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).
When the child wants to do a job, or immerses themselves in something that fascinates or attracts them, they concentrate intently than most children at that age and forget everything around them. However, they can also become frustrated if they don’t achieve what they want to.
Remarkably gifted children are insatiably curious. This curiosity to discover something causes them them to spend all of their energy on just one thing. Specialists may mistake this quality as Asperger’s Syndrome.
Gifted children are intensely emotional, their emotions could give them an advantage as adults. Their sensitivity could may make them cry over a character in a movie or worry about social justice issues. However, in childhood they could be misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder.