Spotting a Gifted Child - School in PJ

18/07/2017

Every child is unique and special – regardless of age, race, ethnicity or religion.  And where one child may be gifted in physical fitness, another child might excel at maths or English.  Every once and a while though, a child comes around which society deems as “gifted,” and being able to spot them and observe how they are is a unique experience.

Spotting a Gifted Child – School in PJ

No two gifted children are the same. Early testing and identification can be a controversial subject, but many advocates of gifted children believe that they should be identified as soon as possible so that their unique needs and talents can be acknowledged and nurtured right from the start…but perhaps this is a good practice to do with all children.  This is where Little Human Scholars preschool, playschool, daycare and kindergarten differs – they treat each child as the unique, special and “gifted” child they are, and nurture these strengths from early on.

Early identification of gifts in children is important especially when a young child is showing behavioral or social differences – not fitting in, being highly focused on unusual interests, appearing more distractible or inattentive than others of the same age.  Parents often worry themselves about this behaviour, but with the right intervention, compassion, and understanding, children can and often do hone their social skills over time.

Keep in mind, these characteristics may be features of giftedness or may be signs of an emotional problem or such conditions as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) such as Asperger’s Syndrome. Knowing a child’s IQ can allow insight into a child’s atypical development and help to avoid potentially harmful misdiagnoses.

Other gifted children may not be particularly high achievers in the classroom. These students may have problems with attention (which may or may not be related to ADHD), have poor organizational skills, or simply not “mesh” with the teaching style in the classroom, and therefore may be overlooked when it comes to selection of gifted program candidates.

Traits and Characteristics of Gifted Children – LHS School in PJ

According to the National association for gifted children, here are some traits and qualities of gifted children:

  • Excellent memory
  • Unusual alertness, even in infancy
  • Unusually large vocabulary and complex sentence structure for age
  • Highly sensitive
  • Advanced comprehension of word nuances, metaphors and abstract ideas
  • Enjoys solving problems, especially with numbers and puzzles
  • Often self-taught reading and writing skills as preschooler
  • Deep, intense feelings and reactions
  • Rapid learner; puts thoughts together quickly
  • Thinking is abstract, complex, logical, and insightful
  • Idealism and sense of justice at early age
  • Highly developed curiosity
  • Concern with social and political issues and injustices
  • Longer attention span and intense concentration
  • Preoccupied with own thoughts—daydreamer
  • Interest in experimenting and doing things differently
  • Learn basic skills quickly and with little practice
  • Asks probing questions
  • Wide range of interests (or extreme focus in one area)
  • Puts idea or things together that are not typical
  • Keen and/or unusual sense of humor
  • Desire to organize people/things through games or complex schemas
  • Vivid imaginations (and imaginary playmates when in preschool)

Reproduced by permission from: Webb, J., Gore, J., Amend, E., DeVries, A. (2007). A parent’s guide to gifted children.Tuscon, AZ:  Great Potential Press, www.greatpotentialpress.com.

Test/ Assessment To See If My Child Is Gifted

Sometimes the only way to be sure is to have your child assessed by a specialist, but if you want to gauge first whether or not your child should be assessed in the first place, click on the link below and take the test.  It takes less than 5 minutes to complete

The test was designed by Child Psychologist Dr. Tali Shenfield with the Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles.

http://www.psy-ed.com/wpblog/gifted-assessments/

In summary, Little Human Scholars full daycare centre in PJ is definitely worth looking into as they treat each child as unique and gifted in their own way.  Located near University Hospital, Jaya One, Jaya33, Jalan Gasing, IT Mall, PJ New Town and PJ Old Town, it is the best daycare centre in PJ in my opinion!  And you can pop in anytime Monday through Friday to check out the school for yourself.  Does it get any better than that??

Wishing you happy parenting!

Jana Moreno

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