Gifted Children and Tweens

If your child has been identified as gifted or "twice exceptional" (2E), they may present with exceptional educational, social, and emotional needs.

 
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Gifted people are generally classified as IQ 125+. Experts agree that only about 2-5% of the population falls into this category. Society is set up for the 95% in the middle. This can make life significantly more challenging for high IQ kids in a number of important ways.

 
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Common Concerns:  

  • Problems at school (calling out, trouble sitting still, lack of cooperation with teachers, daydreaming, underachievement) 

  • Anxiety (perfectionism, inflexibility, trouble with transitions)

  • High emotional intensity (angry outbursts, crying spells, and meltdowns)

  • High emotional sensitivity, particularly to shame and rejection (obsessing about mistakes, blaming others, minimizing or denying wrongdoings)

  • Role-confusion (acting as more of a mentor toward peers, parenting siblings, attempting to engage in parents' conversations and decision making)

  • Sensory sensitivities (difficulty tolerating bright lights and crowds, highly restricted diet and wardrobe) 

  • Trouble fitting in, making and keeping friends; and/or chronically feeling lonely and alienated, even amongst those who seem to be friends

  • Autoimmune conditions (allergies, food sensitivities, eczema, asthma, etc.)

  • Existential depression or panic over the state of the world

 
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How Therapy Can Help:

  • Identify, celebrate, and find ways to “feed” your child’s gifts and talents

  • Learn which struggles are normative to giftedness, and which may be related to a diagnosis such as ADHD or anxiety

  • Find compensatory strategies for any areas of concern

  • Get extra help collaborating with teachers to get needs met at school

Sound amazing?

 

Looking for specialized support for a gifted teen (over age 14) or a gifted adult? I hope you'll reach out to my colleague Gordon Smith:

 https://giftedandgrowing.org/