Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Children
The Rapid Learner staff at Del Paso Manor has been trained in the area of meeting the social and emotional needs of advanced and accelerated children. At Del Paso Manor, we:
- recognize that a child's emotional and social development will not always match his or her intellectual development. No matter the situation, we remind ourselves of each child’s chronological age.
- understand that asynchronous development creates special needs. For example, advanced children need emotional support as do all children, but they also need advanced intellectual stimulation. An advanced four-year-old who can discuss black holes still needs comforting hugs. (Asynchronous development refers to uneven intellectual, physical, and emotional development.)
- recognize that advanced children may not get their emotional, social, and intellectual needs met by the same peers. This means that they may be able to socialize to a degree with children their own age, but may also need opportunities to interact with other gifted children, older children, or even adults.
- differentiate curriculum through compacting, acceleration, and increased depth and complexity in order to educate our advanced learners. To throw a non-swimmer into the deep end of the pool is inhumane. To demand that an Olympic swimmer remain in the shallow end until the rest of the class learns to swim is a ludicrous restraint. Thus, we don't believe that an advanced learner should be kept in a situation that limits his or her potential, and we challenge our students to excel as much as they can.
- recognize that self-esteem increases when advanced students are comfortable being their "real selves" with others who have similar interests, inquiring minds, high energy levels and a drive to learn.
- practice patience with perfectionists, helping them to discern when accuracy is extremely important and when it is unnecessary. We create an environment in which it is all right to make mistakes and in which trial and error is recognized as an essential part of learning and creativity.
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- understand that as professionals, it is our responsibility to educate the whole child in a balanced and appropriate manner so that our students are able not only to identify their unique gifts and talents but also to utilize them to reach their full potential without losing themselves in the process.
Last Modified on March 12, 2020