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In many ways, gifted children have the same social and emotional needs other children have, but their needs are often intensified by the characteristics that make them gifted. If we fail to understand their needs, if their needs are not met, gifted children can be at risk for academic underachievement, social isolation, and depression.
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When Your Child Needs a Counselor
When we find that we need a counselor for our gifted child, we need to know how to find one. This article will help you know when to start looking and what to look for.

Talking to Your Children About 9/11
September 11, 2001, was a day that altered our lives forever. Some people think that children who were born after that day are not affected. But that's not necessarily true. What should you say to your children about that day?

Why your child needs an appropriate academic setting
What would you say if someone suggested that special needs children didn't need and specialized accommodations in school? My guess is that you would think that person either didn't care or didn't understand the special needs of those children. Of course, few people, if any, would actually make such a suggestion about special needs kids --...

Social and Emotional Problems Affecting Gifted Children
Can behavior be influenced by a child's giftedness? Yes! Gifted traits can create social and emotional problems for gifted children.

Giving Kids an Emotional and Mental Break
Sometimes the stress of going to school every day gets to be too much for gifted kids. They want to learn and can get frustrated and even depressed when they aren't able to do that in school. If you notice your child suffering from school, consider a Mental Health Day.

All About Introverts
People dont outgrow introversion, so the introverted adult was once an introverted child. What is true of one is true of both. Contrary to popular opinion, introverts are not asocial, nor are they friendless loners who lack social skills. They simply have different social needs and preferences

Traits of Introverts
Do you worry because your child has few friends, is quiet, and is not outgoing? Are you always encouraging your child to make new friends, talk to the other kids and spend less time alone? All parents worry about their children, but if your child is an introvert, you may be worrying unnecessarily.

Help Your Gifted Child Calm Intense Fears
Gifted children may have wonderfully vivid imaginations, but those vivid imaginations can lead to some pretty intense fears. What can be done to calm those fears?

Helping Your Gifted Child Prepare for Natural Disasters
Mother Nature can be unpredictable and sometimes even frightening. Tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes can create anxiety in adults and children alike and leave ecological, social, financial, and emotional disasters in their wake. If you live in an area that can be threatened by some natural disaster, you'll want to do all you can to prepare,...

Helping Your Gifted Child Cope With Tragic Events
The fear and feeling of helplessness generated by catastrophic and tragic events can cause children to become stressed and anxious. How can you help your gifted child deal with the stress and anxiety caused by these events?

Why Gifted Children are Bossy and What to Do About It
No child is perfect and most parents know their child is no exception. One fairly common fault of gifted children is bossiness. This fault can be rather puzzling to parents when it exists in a child who is otherwise sensitive to the needs of others.

The Difference Between Bullying and Bossy Behavior
All unkind and unacceptable behavior in children is not a sign of bullying. Bossiness is often mistaken for bullying, but it's not the same.

Helping Gifted Children Learn They Can Make a Difference
Many gifted children are exceptionally sensitive. They are sensitive to the way they are treated, but also to the way others are treated. Their heightened sensitivity can lead to existential despression. They may feel overwhelmed by a sense of hopelessness and helplessness. Volunteering to help others is a good way for them to see that even one...

Dabrowski's Theory of Positive Disintegration
Polish psychologist Kazimierz Dabrowski devised the only existing theory of moral development. Like theories of physical or intellectual development, this theory is comprised of progressive levels of moral development. Although it has five levels, few people make it past the third level. Some people, in fact, are stuck between levels three...

Help your child let go of stress, anger, and other negativity
It's okay if your child expresses her negative feelings. But what can you do to help him or her move beyond the negativity?

Helping Gifted Children Cope with Intense Emotions
Many gifted children are extremely sensitive. They seem to take everything to heart and get extremely upset by words and deeds that other children can ignore or get over quickly. How can parents help their emotionally sensitive children cope with these intense emotions?

Should Gifted Children Be Told They Are Gifted?
Parents often wonder if they should tell their children they are gifted. They are afraid that their children might become conceited and develop socialization problems. The truth is, gifted children often already have socialization problems and learning about giftedness can help them.

Help Your Child Simplify Life and Reduce Stress
Life today can be hectic and stressful. In spite of all our time-saving gadgets, we don't seem to have enough time for all we need - and want - to do. That is as true for our kids as it is for us. Help your child eliminate some of the stress in his life.

Helping Gifted Students with Stress Management
Almost everyone needs help managing the stress in their lives, even children. Gifted children, possibly more than most, need help because they are so often intensely sensitive. Here are ways to help gifted kids manage the stress in their lives.

Teasing and Gifted Children
How many times have you heard about teasing and smart kids? Maybe your child is being teased. This article discusses teasing and bullying of gifted children and offers parents suggestions for helping their children manage it.

Parenting Emotionally Intense Gifted Children
Sometimes our gifted children seem to be "too sensitive for their own good." Read about what it means to be emotionally intense and what you can do to help your emotionally intense child.

The Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children
This article discusses three factors that influence the social and emotional development of gifted children: type of giftedness, educational fit and personal characteristics.

Joy and Loss: The Emotional Lives of Gifted Children
This article provides an informative overview of the many social and emotional issues affecting our gifted children.

Understanding the Social-Emotional Needs of the Highly Gifted
Understanding the social and emotional needs of gifted children would not be complete without some familiarity of psychologist Kazimierz Dabrowski's Theory of Positive Disintegration and Overexcitabilities.

How to Help Keep Your Kid From Being Bullied
Bullying is a serious problem. Learn how to help your child avoid being bullied.

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