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Every state in the country has its own definition of gifted children which makes it hard to define what the term gifted children means. Some states use outstanding talents while others use intellectual greatness, it just depends on the state or person that defines the word gifted. The most common definition, in the United States, for the term gifted child is a child that scores among the top 5% of other children their age on a standardized IQ test while other countries claim it is the top 10%. Some countries narrow it to the top 2%. The reality is the children are highly intelligent or extremely talented.

The three biggest problems parents face with these children is schooling, family, and the parents lack of knowledge, this might the biggest problem of all.

Schooling Issues. Gifted children in a regular classroom tend to be bored and unchallenged. Some do poorly in the classroom, they see no reason to prove what they already know so their grades can be low. If the do the assigned work they finish so fast that they can be disruptive to the other student by moving around while they wait for the rest to finish.

Family Issues. Most of the family issues arise when the gifted child has siblings who are working at a more normal level. This can sometimes make the average child feel dumb or slow when they are really just the normal paced one. Parents have to adjust and not to make comparisons to the different children to keep the confidence and self-esteem of the non-gifted children. The best word for the gifted child is not gifted but talented. This gives room for achievement and improvement and doesn't make them sound like a freak.

Parents lack of knowledge. This is a biggie. If the parents discover that their infant has above average intelligence this might scare them into making some wrong decisions. They might think that they can't make the normal baby decisions when they in fact can. Parents might feel they don't know how to care for a gifted child and may feel unable to care for a baby who has gifted abilities. The good part is most children are not recognized as gifted until they are school age and the teacher is usually the one that will discover that this child is talented. The only real way to confirm the abilities of the gifted child is by testing to see where they stand on the normal scale. The most important thing a parent can do when they discover they have a gifted child is get help from others that know how to handle this unique challenge.


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