Articles for Families

Emotional Intensity in Gifted Children

By Lesley Kay Sword Giftedness has an emotional as well as intellectual component. Intellectual complexity goes hand in hand with emotional depth. Just as gifted children's thinking is more complex and has more depth than other children's, so too are their emotions...

Promoting Positive Social Development

Promoting Positive Social Development by Linda Kreger Silverman From the Gifted Development Center. Reprinted with permission. It has been apparent ever since gifted children were first studied that they tend to select friends who are theirmental age rather than their...

Developmental Phases of Social Development

Developmental Phases of Social Development by Linda Kreger Silverman A parent who had just learned that her son was highly gifted remarked fearfully, "But I want my child to be a good neighbor!" She was worried that if her son was placed in a self-contained program...

Teasing and Gifted Children

Teasing and Gifted Children by Patricia A. Schuler First published in the SENG Newsletter, 2002 "Shut up!" "Stop humiliating me!" "Stop it before I destroy you!" I had been observing a second grade classroom when I was jolted by these screams. Remembering these...

Exploring Social and Emotional Aspects of Giftedness in Children

Parents of gifted children have few guidelines about how to deal with issues resulting from their children’s giftedness. Not only intellectual, but also, social and emotional issues provide challenges for parents. Five social/emotional traits of giftedness (divergent thinking ability, excitability, sensitivity, perceptiveness and entelechy) are described, and the specific issues that parents must face to enable their children to reach their full potential are explored.

Developing a Feeling Vocabulary

Developing a Feeling Vocabulary By Sharon Lind One of the most important asset emotionally intense people, and those who live and work with them, need to develop is an extensive feeling vocabulary. Not being able to ACCURATELY articulate (in words or through actions,...

Appropriate Expectations for the Gifted Child

Appropriate Expectations for the Gifted Child by Arlene R. DeVries Parents and educators working cooperatively can make a significant difference in the emotional and intellectual growth of the gifted child. However, for these children to fully benefit from this...

Helping Adolescents Adjust to Giftedness

by Thomas M. Buescher and Sharon Higham Young gifted people between the ages of 11 and 15 frequently report a range of problems as a result of their abundant gifts: perfectionism, competitiveness, unrealistic appraisal of their gifts, rejection from peers, confusion...

Tips of Helping Gifted, Highly Sensitive Teens & Kids Cope with Trauma

by Sharon M. Barnes, MSSW, LCSW Some children and teens are more sensitive than others.  You know if you have one. She gets mad at you and may even cry when you squish a spider with your shoe or swat a fly with a flyswatter.  He tries to keep up with his friends or...

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