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Gifted Children


More information from the National Association for Gifted Children: 

Because gifted children demonstrate greater maturity in some domains over others, they may be at greater risk for specific kinds of social-emotional difficulties if their needs are not met. Gifted children may experience anxiety, heightened awareness, perfectionism, stress, issues with peer relationships, and concerns with identity and fit. Parents, adults, and caregivers may find it difficult to know how to handle their concerns and stay in tune with their child's specific needs, in order to shape a strong framework for social-emotional health.  


Children are gifted when their ability is significantly above the norm for their age. Giftedness may manifest in one or more domains such as; intellectual, creative, artistic, leadership, or in a specific academic field such as language arts, mathematics or science. Not all gifted children look or act alike. Giftedness exists in every demographic group and personality type. It is important that adults look hard to discover potential and support gifted children as they reach for their personal best.


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. 


"Mindfulness, also called wise attention, helps us see what we’re adding to our experiences, not only during meditation sessions but also elsewhere."

– Sharon Salzberg

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