5 Ways to Support Your Gifted Child

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You are now sure of it. Your child is gifted, and you want to do your best to support her. As the parent of a gifted child, it is important that you understand the challenges and opportunities this presents to your child. It is a joy to parent gifted children and to see them achieve extraordinary things. With Intelligence Quotients above 145, gifted children stand out from the ordinary. This is never easy to do,and the reaction of others is sometimes unkind. It is therefore important that, as a parent, you understand how to support them. Failure to adequately support your gifted child could result in them failing to realize their full potential.

The most important factor in developing your child’s giftedness is appropriate education. If your child is not yet enrolled in a gifted child program, be sure to have them enrolled in one. Gifted children who are not intellectually challenged will suffer emotionally and intellectually. Even if they are unable to participate full-time in a gifted child program, make sure that they have some exposure to similarly gifted children and to a curriculum which challenges and stimulates them intellectually. It may be necessary for them to change schools so that they can be in a supportive environment.

Finding mentors for your gifted child is a good way to support her. These mentors are themselves likely to be gifted and can share more than information with your children. They can also share life experiences and encourage them over the hurdles that giftedness can present. Mentors can also open doors to opportunities for learning and vocation.

Seek scholarships for your child. It is highly likely that you will be able to select from a variety of scholarships given the high intelligence of your child. Be sure, however, to seek a scholarship from a school or college which will support their area of interest and propel them onto greatness.

Talk to your child. This will be very important to ensuring the emotional stability of your child. Remember, giftedness sets your child apart from others. They may find it difficult to fit in with others and may need a respite at the end of the school day. Therefore, prepare a haven for your child at home. Allow them to pursue their own interests in a safe environment. Listen to them as they unload after a day at school and take your cues from the discussion.

Cultivate your child’s interests. It is very likely that your child will have a particular area of giftedness. Encourage her in this area. Support her with the resources she needs to develop her skills and interests. You can demonstrate your support by active participation where possible or just by being there when they engage in these activities. You can also read to your child or provide books about their areas of interest.

As you seek to support your gifted child, remember that though they are exceptional, they are still children. Allow them to be children even as they astound the world with their giftedness.

 

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Secrets to Success for Gifted Adults – 8 to Be Great!

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As a gifted adult, you are definitely in search of success, right? So why not make it as easy as possible? Use these eight simple steps right now to put yourself on the path to achieving what you really want in a short amount of time.

There are many frameworks for success out there, but what works for you isn’t always what works for everyone else. So here’s how you can apply the categories of passion, work, focus, push, ideas, improve, serve, and persist to gifted adults.

1. Passion – This area almost never seems to be a problem for gifted adults. As a matter of fact, they have more trouble trying to narrow down their passions than they do trying to find one in the first place.

So as far as passion goes, choose the one that stands out the most for you right now and think about what you could do to make it awesome and impactful on the world. This passion will be one foundational piece of your essential mission – the path that will give you the ultimate excitement, pleasure and satisfaction in life. You’ll probably find that over time many of your awesome and impactful passions will fit together to formulate your essential mission completely. And when that happens, in an incredible place you’ll be!

2. Work – However you’d like to consider it, it’s going to take a lot of work to get to the summit of your life experience. Time, effort, money, sweat and tears are all involved here.

The most important thing to remember as you’re putting in huge amounts of effort, and being gifted, are likely on an emotional roller coaster for a good part of the time, is that every step of the way is getting you closer to where you want to be. Even if it doesn’t look like it, or if everyone around you is telling you you’re wasting your time, know that every learning experience makes you a more knowledgeable and stronger person – one that is all the more able to handle the super success that comes at the top.

3. Focus – The things that you want in life won’t necessarily fall into your lap – you will have to work for them – but you’ll find that they will all come together much more easily when you’ve determined your focus and you know for sure, or at least mostly for sure, what you’re striving for. (Not having focus is kind of like deciding to go on vacation but not knowing where. When you decide on your destination it makes getting there a whole lot easier.)

For gifted adults, finding focus means, not only doing one thing very well, but figuring out how to use the many things you do well to make a difference in the lives of yourself and others. It isn’t about narrowing your focus down to such a point that it includes only one thing. It’s about combining your many points of focus to create something new, exciting and unexplored.

4. Push – This is one of the toughest parts of the success process for gifted adults. Usually the aims they have in life aren’t the traditional ones that most people shoot for. The things that bring them the most satisfaction are maybe not even understood by many of the people closest to them. So what do they do? This is where making connections with other gifted adults becomes mandatory.

It’s tough enough to succeed at doing normal things, so you have to set up your support systems in a big way when you’re ready to succeed at an ultimate unconventional level. When you start to feel down and out, when the work is becoming overwhelming, or when you feel like you’re not even sure you’re on the right track, getting in touch with your gifted friends can offer you the push you so definitely need at that moment in time.

5. Ideas – Generating ideas is also something that usually comes relatively easy for gifted adults. The challenge for them is to figure out which ones to use right now and which ones to put on the back burner for a while.

Keeping a journal is very helpful for this, as is having some awesome let’s-bang-around-some-great-ideas conversations with gifted friends. You can use some local or reachable experts in the fields you’re working with as well who will also be able to help you refine your reflections and insights. And if independent, do-it-now kind of idea creation is what you prefer, you can try setting up a filing cabinet with folders or compartments for each of your magnificent ideas along with the supplies they need to put them into action.

6. Improve – This one is another given for many gifted adults. You can say it may even be built-in directly somehow. For them, the desire to improve is less like a potential option and more like a life-giving necessity.

Sometimes, for gifted adults the desire to improve is so strong that what to do or how to go about it in the best way becomes more of the challenge. Using the connections you’ve made with positive and uplifting people will help you figure out where the most important places are for you to progress from the position you’re standing in right now. And remember, with the high learning curve that giftedness brings, your place of improvement might be different tomorrow, and next week, and next month. Just know that is absolutely OK.

7. Serve – This is one more area that’s nearly part of the genetic makeup of gifted adults – the need to contribute something beyond themselves. The secret for them is to put their unique sets of passions together to create something that serves others in the maximal way.

You can do amazing things; you’ve got bucket loads of ideas and passions; you’re not afraid to keep on trying; and you really want to help people with what you do. So now consider what you would love to do, be and have if you had all of the time, money and resources you needed at your fingertips, and then take the first steps toward making that real. Putting the pieces together to change the world, not just in any way, but in the most beneficial and positive way is the goal now.

8. Persist – Isn’t it amazing that one of the key traits of giftedness is also one of the eight keys to success?

The biggest challenge for gifted adults here is not that they are not persistent – they so often are to an incredible degree – but that they keep moving forward when they’re feeling down and out, when the world goes against them, and when their unconventional ideas are just beginning to break through into the conceptualizations of the rest of the planet. — So perhaps the ultimate success question for gifted adults is this: If 6-7 of these secrets to success are basically built into them, why are they not all incredibly successful?

The biggest answer lies in Success Point 4 – Push. At only 3-5% of the general population, gifted adults are so physically scattered in their cities, communities, and countries that they have trouble finding one another. And without other people who understand their intensities, and what some may call insanities, it’s hard to keep moving forward. It’s tough for them to stand on their own day after day, idea after idea, potential miracle after potential miracle.

So if you are a gifted adult, be on the lookout for others like you anywhere and everywhere you go. And when you find them, hang onto them, especially the positive, motivating ones, because their presence around you may just be the final piece you need to complete the puzzle of your essential life mission and find ultimate success.

 

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Sonia Dabboussi is the founder of Gifted for Life, a groundbreaking community of empowered gifted adults who maximize their unique abilities, sensitivities, experiences and insights to make a remarkable world impact.

For over a decade and a half, her diverse experience in academic and personal development through positions in education, educational administration and success coaching has led her to conduct seminars, workshops and one-on-one trainings for exceptional people in local, national and international regions.

She is also a gifted adult.

Connect with gifted adults and other outstanding people at Gifted for Life, http://giftedforlife.com.

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Parenting Gifted Children

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Sarah was just two years old when her mother discovered she had a knack for playing the violin. By the age of four she was playing like a professional. At age six she started writing her own compositions. Now barely eight years old, she is a sought after violinist, and recently released her first album. Sarah is by no means your average child; rather, she is among the estimated 6% of children in the US who have been identified as being gifted. This is largely defined by their ability to master an adult activity at a very young age.

Gifted children are naturally very curious. In addition, they also very creative, quick learners, voracious readers, intuitive, emotionally sensitive, and have a tendency to be perfectionists.

Below are some tips that can be useful when parenting these children.

Provide support and encouragement. Parents must make every effort to encourage their abilities, and satisfy their quest for knowledge. Some parents opt to home school their gifted kids. This is because they are academically advanced, and the normal school system does not provide the stimulation they need. As a result, they become easily bored. In order to perform at the highest level, they must be challenged. Holding them back can prove very detrimental.

There are cases of persons whose gifts were not unearthed until very late in life, because at an early age, they were not in an environment that provided stimulation.

Ensure that they understand that their gift does not define who they are. Help them to recognize that their gift relates to a talent or ability, it is something they can do, not who they are. While it is a very important part of their persona, there are many other things that they are capable of doing. Therefore, it is a good idea to help them develop other interests, and take part in additional activities.

Do not neglect discipline. There is sometimes the temptation for parents to be so overawed by the gift, that rules of conduct are neglected. There is also the tendency to treat these children as equals, due to their above average intelligence, and ability to comprehend and reason at an adult level. However, the gifted child must be made to understand that despite their amazing abilities, they are still children in need of guidance and direction. Consequently, very clear standards of discipline must be set.

If there are other children in the home, maintain a balance. Never focus all your attention on the gifted child and neglect the others. This is vital, as they can be very demanding, and tend to be more intense, thereby requiring more attention. Ensure that they understand and appreciate the fact that, there are other members of the family, whose needs are equally important.

While parenting your gifted child ensure that you enjoy their gift, communicate openly, and encourage them. Perhaps one of the key things is to help them to focus not only on performing exceptionally, but also, on learning as much as possible. Ensure that they learn to interact with others, and get pleasure from the gift they have been given.

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Ideas to Make Learning Much More Fun

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In a world where our younger generations seem most excited about the newest and coolest computer games and electronic toys they could get their hands on, it’s become increasingly hard to get children to focus on and develop an interest in learning. Innovation has never had a more important place in the classroom.

For teachers this means having to spend more time on activity preparation, and having to force themselves to be much more creative than in the past.

But how do you go about applying changes to your traditional teaching methods, and how do you even come up with new ideas?

Idea Exchanges

Constantly coming up with new ideas for the classroom can be exhausting. With time it’s completely normal to stall and be unable to produce anything worthwhile. So an easy way of getting around this is to schedule an idea exchange.

This could take place both at a school level or regional level, and involve as many teachers as you wish from as many departments as you wish. Essentially, the more the better as you can not only pool together existing ideas, but also generate new ones together.

It could take the form of a one-day conference or seminar, in which teachers share their experiences, and explain how they implemented new methods in their teaching, as well as how the children responded.
Alternatively, it could just be an informal gathering at a cafe or pub after classes have finished for the day. A relaxed and jovial atmosphere is quite likely to be the best for a spot of creative brainstorming and idea sharing.

Educational School Trips

While the idea of learning outside the classroom through educational school trips has been around for a while, there are additional elements you can incorporate in the visit to make it more effective.

First of all, there is now a much vaster pool of opportunities to choose from when it comes to school trips. Museums are a classic example, but nowadays many enterprises will be more than willing to welcome a class and show them around to see how things are made. At your next parent teacher evening, ask the parents if their workplace might be willing to schedule a visit.

This gives kids an insight into how things work, and how companies are run. You could even enquire whether some employees might be willing to give a talk at some point during the day.

Instead of just going on the visit without doing anything other than listening to what the guide is saying, give the children additional assignments. Though it will involve lengthy preparations, a quiz or a Q&A-type challenge for the day will keep the kids occupied and, hopefully, focused. If this can be graded, this will add motivation.

Science Experiments

Science experiments are an age-old way of adding a touch of fun to learning. Not all of these have to involve traditional lab equipment, however. They can be made even more fun by using household objects that you can ask the kids to bring along to class.

For example, did you know you can make a battery out of fruit? You will need a few of the more “hi tech” devices found in a school science lab, but the main “ingredients” are lemons, coins or nails, screws, wires and a small knife.

Other experiments could focus on producing power from running or cycling.

Kids will be so happy to take part in creating something with their bare hands.

The only limits are your creativity, and the ever present health and safety regulations.

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Three Accelerated Learning Techniques That Work for Anyone

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If you’re trying to look for the best and easiest fast learning techniques, well then, I have got you covered. There are many quick learning articles and courses out there but it is hard to find something that is applicable and effective to anyone- no matter where you are, what your background is and even how old you are.

In this article, we will talk about three fast learning techniques: using music, incorporating visuals and finding a mentor. By the end of this article, I’m sure that you would be able to look at quick learning in a whole new light.

Accelerated Learning Music

This learning technique is very effective and the great thing about it is that you can use it anywhere. Just download some baroque or rococo music into your music player and you can start learning new things faster. The way music works is that it helps a person relax and focus better on the task or lesson at hand. But since these types of music are kind of upbeat too, you would be relaxed in just the right amount.

Accelerated Learning Visuals

There are a lot of people who are visual learners. But as fast learning technique, you can be an auditory, spatial or intrapersonal learner and it would still work! When you use photos, flowcharts and other types of visual aids, your brain will be more interested in it and it will help retain that new information longer and faster in your memory bank.

Accelerated Learning Mentor

Of course, there’s no denying that one of the best ways to learn quick learning is through learning from someone who is a guaranteed master in it. The truth is, there are a lot of accelerated learning courses out there today and you could easily take your pick. If you do decide to go with an speed learning mentor, be very cautious with your research and try to know as much as you can about that person. Just remember to be really careful with who you pick and make sure that you will get the best experience and fast learning techniques from your chosen mentor.

Now that we have these very simple and effective quick learning techniques out in the open, go out there and try them yourself. Remember, the best way to see and experience real results from these accelerated learning techniques is through practice. The moment that you know how to perfectly and effectively use music, visuals and mentorship programs to use, you can go out there again and find other accelerated learning techniques that can make your life so much better.

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