One of the greatest privileges of my job is occasionally I am given the opportunity to change a parent’s perspective his/her child’s mind. One of the greatest misconceptions about giftedness is that a gifted child is a perfect child. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. A gifted mathematician might struggle to read and a talented musician might struggle to sit still in the classroom.
Most gifted children struggle with asynchronous development, which confuses parents and teachers alike. For example, a five-year-old child may read a book intended for eighth graders (well above age level) and ask her bewildered father for help tying her shoe (age appropriate) while sucking her thumb (below age level). Difficulty with social skills, overexcitabilities, extreme perfectionism, fear of failure and many other things can mask a student’s giftedness. Uncovering that giftedness can change a child’s life–and the lives of their entire family.