Presentation on theme: "EMOTIONAL TRAITS OF GIFTED CHILDREN"— Presentation transcript:
1 EMOTIONAL TRAITS OF GIFTED CHILDREN Gate ProgramChantal cravens
2 One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar! – Helen Keller
3 Most schools focus on Intellectual and Academic Giftedness and try to estimate potential in these areas using tests. (Tests are simply shorthand attempts to measure what we could observe, if we had enough time and the proper settings. We need to focus on behaviors as much as on test scores.)(IQ)557085100115130145160Mean= 100Standard Deviation= 15
4 level range 115 – 129 1:6 – 1:44 Prevalence Mildly gifted Flip side of this isRange of IQ1 standard Deviation
5 Moderately gifted 130- 144 1:44 – 1:1,000 level range Two Standard PrevalenceModerately gifted130-1441:44 –1:1,000TwoStandardDeviationsFlip sideof this is IQ
7 AsynchronicityThe more gifted you are, the more different you are from your age peers.The less you feel you “fit in”.130 IQ- minimum IQ to qualify for GATE program- one in 44 people.Highly gifted: 144 IQ is 1 in 1,000 people
8 Level of Giftedness Ruf (2003) Levels of GiftednessScore RangeDescriptive DesignationLevel OneModerately Gifted /GiftedLevel TwoHighly GiftedLevel ThreeExceptionally GiftedLevel Four141+Exceptionally to Profoundly GiftedLevel Five
9 What happens to the rat that stops running the maze What happens to the rat that stops running the maze? The doctors think it's dumb when it's just disappointed. – Mark Eitzel
10 Complex sentence structure ???Complex sentence structurevocabularyAttention spanexperimentMulti-potentialitycuriosityIntensityUnusually large vocabulariesComplex sentence structuresGreater comprehension of language nuancesLonger attention span, persistenceIntensity of feelings and actionsWide range of interestsStrong curiosity; limitless questionsLike to experiment; puts ideas or things together in unusual waysinterestsLanguage nuances
12 Issues for students Boredom Underachievement Peer Issues Feelings of Not BelongingAngerPower StrugglesStress and Perfectionism“8 Great Gripes of Gifted Kids” See handout
13 Usually a Plus, but not always MisdiagnosisHealth and Behavioral ProblemsAsthma Allergies Reactive Hypoglycemia (next slide)Existential DepressionExpectations of OthersJudgment Lags behind Intellectual Abilities
14 Reactive hypoglycemia Greedy brainsMood swingsEat every 3 hoursFoods with protein and carbohydrate mixDual Diagnosis and Misdiagnosis of Gifted Children, James Webb
15 …explains a lot, doesn’t it? Interesting …If you know a child’s IQ, you can predict the parent’s IQ within 10 points.Chances are there is a gifted parent in the mix.Chances are that one of you (or both) have OE’s too …explains a lot, doesn’t it?
16 Asynchronous development- out of sync with their traits and peersIntellectual ability-11Physical Skills-9Actual age- 8Social maturity-7
17 John Hughes Highly gifted High School dropout “I didn’t grow up gifted, at least not by name. I grew up being asked what was wrong with me.” Joseph Hughes, age 19
18 Great BooksRead Living With Intensity by Susan Daniels and Mike PiechowskiAn estimated 15-20% of men, women and children have a highly sensitive nervous system, but few people know that this level of sensitivity is an inherited, biological trait. Help is on its Way by Jenna Forrest is a must read.
24 How to Take Care of Yourself: Learn to fail and to laughGet out and exercise & to relaxLearn to say NOPrioritize your activitiesSet reasonable goalsGive yourself enough timeBe flexible to alternative pathsSavor successGraciously accept praise
25 Introvert Extravert Which are you? Which is your mate? People drain me Private self and public selfI like to mentally rehearse what I sayI am the quiet observerPeople energize meWhat you see is what you getI think out loudI’m the one with my hand up. I need to participate.
27 People Who Became Eminent These children learned to think and express themselves clearly.All had learned to be persistent in pursuing their own visions and goals.Many had difficult childhoods (which may have been a spark)PovertyBroken homesPhysical handicapsParental dissatisfactionControlling or rejecting parents
28 Counseling Gifted Children and Adults First, find someone who specializes or has an in-depth knowledge of the gifted.A Parent’s Guide To Gifted Children by James Webb is a real gem!
29 Resources www.sengifted.org SENG Resources and research from Australia