Happy Leap Day! Here are some of the articles I have come across in the gifted and talented space during the month of February.
“Can boredom cause behavior problems in school?” by Carol Bainbridge. This Q&A format article, addresses a common observation among parents of gifted children, that these children are often bored which is the root of behavior problems like hitting other students and teachers. This article also offers up some suggestions on what to do.
“Discussing Giftedness with Healthcare Providers” with Dr. Marianne Kuzujanakis. This summary posted on February 21 was a featured #gtchat on Twitter during the month. As a mother with both a gifted child and one with a language delay, I find it so interesting that as parents we are urged to bring up any possibility of learning disabilities with our children to the pediatrician before age 3 so they can get help but on the flip side, there is no encouragement to mention giftedness. From the transcript, “The overall prevalence of GT (5-10%) rivals learning disabilities, asthma, and ADHD – topics discussed frequently in medical school; yet giftedness is rarely mentioned.”
“3 Things to Remember When You Have a Gifted Child” by Celi Trepanier. I am a fan of short lists so I immediately liked seeing 3 takeaways here. But there is another message when it comes to feeling frustrated at your child’s school or struggling to understand your complicated child, “You are not alone.”
“How a small school for gifted kids in the D.C. exurbs gets big results” by Glen Finland. This Washington Post piece highlights the Nysmith School for the Gifted in Herndon, VA. “Gifted children are different. They have different needs,” says headmaster and son of the school’s founder Ken Nysmith and this principle is the foundation of this highly successful school’s techniques. Among them are classrooms with 2 teachers, and grading more on effort.
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