As you teach your children at home and get to know their learning strengths, you may be notice signs that your child may be “gifted.” Early reading, a large vocabulary, inquisitiveness, perfectionism, tons of energy – all are signs of giftedness.
Generally, the term ‘gifted’ is applied to people with an IQ of 130 or higher. That can be broken down into subcategories of “moderately gifted” (130-144 IQ), “highly gifted” (145-160) and “profoundly gifted” (161 or higher.)
According to educational psychologist Maurice Fisher, publisher and owner of Gifted Education Press of Manassas, Va., “If the gifted child is not stimulated in infancy, preschool and early elementary education, they lose their potential. If we don’t pay enough attention at ages 3, 4 and 5, which are critical periods to develop their brains to their maximum ability, they will lose their giftedness because they are not challenged and nurtured by their families and/or schools.”
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How do you know if your child is gifted? Here is a list of the Characteristics of a Gifted Child
Another informative article on Identifying and Parenting the Gifted Preschooler, by David Farmer.
Here are some more great articles and a forum for parents of gifted.
Gifted Development Center - serves parents, schools, and advocacy groups with information about identification, assessment, counseling, learning styles, programs, presentations, and resources for gifted children and adults.
A-gifted-child.com - Information and resources for parents of gifted children and the professionals who empower them. This new site includes plenty of articles, information about testing and a free e-mail discussion group for you to join.
Visit the National Association for Gifted Children - a comprehensive resource for parents and educators of gifted children.
GT World is an on-line support community for parents and others interested in supporting and nurturing gifted and talented children.
Gifted Children – Identification, Encouragement and Development.
A wonderful resource with news, articles, and discussions for parents and teachers of gifted and talented. ($10 annual fee for access)
Hoagies Gifted Education Page - A plethora of links, articles, and information for the parents and teachers of gifted children.