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Development in the gifted child

Development in the gifted child

The unequal development of the gifted

A child changes day by day. The gifted childIt seems to change continuously, from moment to moment. His parents often ask, "Why does our son, six years old, behave in such a childish way?" Or perhaps, "How does our daughter prefer to chat with older people at family gatherings instead of playing with children your age? The truth is that each individual develops at their own pace, but for those who are gifted, the development is asynchronous.

What does asynchronous mean?

Quite simply that development in a gifted child is not even. For example, the unique feature of giftedness is its high intelligence which allows it to learn and memorize faster than others its age. His insightful curiosity appears very early. A three or four month old baby typically looks at faces with curiosity and stares at moving objects. But parents of precocious children have commented that their baby at birth fixed his eyes on everything and everyone and after a few weeks he smiled when he heard a familiar voice and shook his head in the direction of the sounds. At seven months the baby with normal development responds to other people's emotions and uses his voice to express joy or sadness. The gifted baby tends to show these traits a few weeks after birth and at seven months he already has a vocabulary of one, two, or more words.

No doubt the cognitive development of the gifted child It unfolds at an accelerated pace. And it is precisely his advanced intelligence that often makes other aspects of his development late. In general, the individual of high intellectual capacity is also distinguished by great sensitivity. Consequently, a child with these skills is extremely sensitive, shares great empathy with people, with animals, and is very aware of everyone's needs. Therefore, parents probably notice that their child cries easily, wants to help those in need, or insists on worrying about an event that the adults around them seem like a child's whim.

It is also important to recognize another characteristic of asynchrony in the development of the gifted, the difficulty they have in establishing friendship with other children or young people of their age. But it is easier to understand this difficulty by taking into account the inequality that exists in their intellectual capacity, more advanced for several years over their chronological age. While his companions are entertained with ordinary games, the gifted wants to invent others full of fantasy and complex rules. Their vocabulary is more advanced and the topics are more sophisticated.

Raising children is an adventure for all parents. To educate an gifted child, it is essential to understand what constitutes giftedness. An important aspect is asynchrony in its development.

Joy Navan (English translation)

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