6. Do not slow down the cognitive development. Dra. Ho suggests to tweak concepts so they can be relevant to the gifted, ask “what ifs” to encourage creativity and critical thinking, let them change the plot of fairy tales, encourage group story telling and let them come up with their own storylines. (again, for everyone, gifted or not)
7. Children who are musical are often mathematical too. (surprised me too!)
8. Gifted children often have extreme sensitivities. It is a misconception that they don’t need help and that they are easy to raise. They actually need as much guidance as those who are behind or lacking. Their emotional and social development are often not in sync with their advanced cognitive abilities or talents. So don’t be surprised if a kid who is deeply affected by world hunger or poverty suddenly throws a tantrum over a toy he couldn’t have.
9. When your child is behaving badly, find the context on where the problem is coming from and work from there.
10. Teach a substitute for unwanted behavior (example: provide lines like “Can I have my ball back?” to replace “That’s mine! Give it back to me now!”)
11. Gifted kids (especially highly or profoundly gifted ones) may also show signs of ADHD, autism, and other learning disabilities. We call them 2Es or twice exceptional. Vice versa, if your child has been diagnosed with a disorder, you might want to check for signs of giftedness too. 🙂
12. Brilliance is nothing without values. Teach humility, gratitude, and pay forward. (I couldn’t agree more.)
I think that sums up my notes. And to end, I would like to quote what Dra. Ho quoted from Shaira Luna,
Nurture the gift and nurture the person.
Thanks for unwrapping with me! May we all use our gifts to be gifts to others too.
It’s your turn, what do you think? Do any of these ring a bell on you?