Characteristics of Gifted Children and Talented Children and Possible Associated Problems

 

Characteristics of Gifted Children and Talented Children

Gifted and talented children may:

Possible Associated Problems

Gifted and talented children may:

Learn quickly and easily have the ability to abstract and reason critically; see relationships between ideas and events

Become bored and frustrated; dislike repetition and shallow curriculum; hide abilities to gain acceptance; receive negative adult attitudes to smartness

Exhibit verbal proficiency

Dominate discussion; have difficulty with listening skills; exhibit manipulative behaviour

Have a high energy level

Need less sleep; become frustrated with inactivity, lack of challenge or active inquiry

Exhibit heightened curiosity

Take on too many activities

Be extremely persistent; concentrate on tasks of high interest for extended periods

Disrupt class routine; feel stifled by restrictions; resist interruption or schedules; be perceived as stubborn, uncooperative

Exhibit different learning styles - accelerated: desiring mastery, achievement and/or - enriched: desiring depth of knowledge, the need to experience, emotional investment in subject, imagination

Become frustrated with absence of progress; be prone to being 'overdriven' and/or not be motivated by results; be resistant to interruption; be seen as time wasting or preoccupied

Exhibit unusual emotional depth and intensity

Be unusually vulnerable; feel confused if thoughts and feelings not taken seriously

Be highly sensitive; be acutely perceptive

Be perceived as immature; try to mask feelings to conform; be vulnerable to criticism

Be concerned with adult/moral issues; be idealistic

Attempt unrealistic reforms; feel frustrated, angry. Depressed; develop a cynical attitude; receive intolerance from age peers

Aim at perfection

Set unrealistically high goals; feel inadequate; feel frustrated with others; fear failure, inhibiting attempts in new areas

Exhibit independence, nonconformity

Have a tendency to challenge and question indiscreetly; have difficulty with rigid conformity; may be penalised; exhibit rebellious behaviour

Have heightened self awareness, feelings of being different

Experience social isolation; regard difference as bad, worthless, resulting in low self esteem

Have a keen sense of humour

Use humour inappropriately or to attack others; feel confused when humour not understood; feel rejected by others

Possess unusual imagination

Be seen as weird; feel stifled by lack of creative opportunities

Respond and relate to older children and adults

Experience social isolation; be seen as show off, odd, superior, critical; be rejected by older children

 (Adapted from publications by Clark, Colangelo, Dalton and Whitmore, by Marion Mackenzie for QAGTC inc.)

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