Understanding Gifted Children and Their Psychology

It can be difficult at times to understand the idea of giftedness since a child can be gifted in one of the many areas of life such as creativity, leadership, sports, academics, speech etc. However, parents get to know when one of their children is gifted and has more understanding of a certain things. For example, not every child is curious to know things but there are some who are extremely curious to know how a clock, engine or toy runs. Such children are blessings for parents and society but the lives of gifted children are not without challenges.

Identifying the Gifted Children

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The first people to identify gifted children are either parents or the teachers. Extreme curiosity of certain things and excellent memory are the signs that a child is gifted. A gifted child will also show signs of vivid memory and remember things that even adults will have hard time in learning. The thinking of gifted children is clear and more towards the mature side. Excellent vocabulary and fluent speaking can also be signs of gifted children. It’s not necessary that a child is only gifted if he performs better than others in academics. A gifted child might not be good in studies but a great musician, singer, artist, sportsman etc.

A gifted child will do all it takes to be perfect and show extreme attention and concentration in things he likes to do. He will readily learn new things and ask for more. Most schools and institutions gauge the giftedness of children through IQ tests. IQ above 130 is often considered gifted but this applies to children and the required level is higher as the child ages. It is important for parents to collect data by talking to their child’s friends, peers and teachers over time to know about his giftedness. Don’t expect your child to perform unusually when you ask him to because gifted children don’t often furnish their gifted skills when particularly asked to do so.

The Psychological Challenges with Gifted Children

Even gifted children can have psychological challenges as they move into a society where there are more common people with ordinary IQ. On the up side of giftedness a child would often be considered a leader in his class, team and other activities because of his unusual abilities. Teachers are more than willing and often ask parents to move their children a few grades ahead because of their excelling learning capabilities and unusual performance in the class. These children suffer less from low self-esteem and concept. They always feel encouraged due to their unusual abilities and this keeps their confidence high. They are not as depressed and stressed as other people around them.

On the down side of giftedness such children can become more sensitive and vulnerable to emotional impacts in their lives. Knowing that they are not like other children makes them feel different and isolated. Since the child is not like most other children around him, he’s often neglected by his peers. Gifted children might also feel irritated by their peers because they find them childish. Pursuit of perfectionism is a commonly found trait in gifted children and for any reasons they are not able to achieve what they have been pursuing, they can have a big psychological setback.