Social and Emotional Issues
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
The characteristics of gifted children often lead to social and emotional problems that can affect their emotional and social development. To understand your gifted child completely, it's a good idea to see how your child's giftedness can influence his or her behavior.
If introverts ran the world...
The majority of people in the general population are extroverts (about 60-75 percent), so it makes sense that the rules of behavior lean heavily in favor of extroverts. But what if introverts ran the world? Since the majority of gifted people are introverts (about 60%), that question is not an idle one for us! What would you like to see done...
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.
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?
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.
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 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?
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
How to Help Keep Your Kid From Being Bullied
Bullying is a serious problem. Learn how to help your child avoid being bullied.