About Gifted Children SA

You just had your child’s I.Q. tested and heard the word “Gifted”. Now what? Where do you go from here?

“If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”― Ignacio Estrada.

What does the term “Gifted” mean? There are many definitions for Giftedness. Gifted children can be grouped by I.Q. (higher  than average) or by their field of Giftedness (Intellectual Giftedness, Gifted in the Arts, Mechanically Gifted, etc)

Some characteristics of Gifted children include; great at problem solving, exceptional reasoning skills, very observant & perfectionism. Gifted children also may show long attention spans in subjects of interest & amazing memory. They may be emotional and sensitive and can spot cause-effect relationships.

Gifted children display a great sense of humour, large vocabulary & need less repetition to learn because they learn quickly. There are many more, and all need not apply to every Gifted child.

So your child is Gifted… now what? What do you need to know?

Firstly you need to decide if you want your child’s school to know. Ask if he/she is experiencing trouble at school? If so, make an appointment to speak to the headmaster, department head and his/her current teacher. The school doesn’t need to know your child’s I.Q.  


Tell them what your child’s strong and weak points are. Work with the school and decide how to enrich your child’s learning experience. Maybe a Sudoku game after he/she has finished the work will do the trick? Reading an additional book for extra information about the topic the class is currently doing?

Now ask your child how he/she would like to spend his/her time e.g. is he/she interested in science/math/arts/etc.

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Some problems Gifted children might experience


Gifted children often have asynchronous development which means that they might not always act their chronological age. The child would be able to do 10th grade maths, but have an emotional breakdown over supper not being available at the correct time.

People may easily forget that the child is a certain age because at times he can reason like an adult.

Gifted children can become overly emotional (Dabrowski’s overexcitabilities). Because Gifted children have exceptional reasoning abilities, they might try to outsmart their teachers/parent


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