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This touching story so accurately illustrates the path of an asynchronous, gifted child and how his parents helped him navigate his education.
"My children are mere elementary schoolers but we have come to the light at ...the end of a tunnel. It is among the first tunnels we've traversed as a family and deserves a small celebration. It is the story of how a gifted child learned to read..."late.""
Many of us have found non-traditional methods of allowing our out-of-the-box children to thrive. The next step is in trusting the process, and in trusting the innate desire to learn and create that is in all of us.
From another Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Blogger. "Based on decades of research studies, doctoral theses and anecdotal evidence, we know that many gifted children do not fit the stereotype of the gifted child public schools incidentally promote. We know that gifted children may not excel in school for many reasons."
Did you know that many gifted children struggle in school? In fact, I'd say determining whether a child is gifted based on her achievements is the biggest misunderstanding about giftedness, and why many gifted kids are getting missed and misunderstood in schools and therapy offices. Find out who coined the term "gifted," and how understanding what she knew helps us today.
Something to consider, especially for teens and children who are diagnosed while in a school setting that doesn't fit them.
I often see motherhood as a video game. Once you have mastered one thing, the game automatically levels up to a new challenge, sometimes making us wonder if it’s possible to stay in the game. For some of us, we may even question if we want to stay in the game. Then, we hit an easier patch or even a fun patch and it’s totally cool again. But the challenges thrown our way can seem unfair, and almost intolerable at times. Sometimes the only way to deal with them, honestly, is with humor and with other women who understand ... and, by being determined in our own joy. Like a warrior, we find our own way out of despair from the deepest level of who we are. That’s how we level up and become master of the game, or at least of our own lives.
Heart-centered approaches work best.
Here's an article from another GHF writer, Heather Boorman. I totally agree. I hope that our psychology and education systems can start using a holistic, humanist approach for everyone.
"Behavior is not a disorder. Behavior is communication. Instead of listening to and decoding the messages our kids are sending us, we end up treating symptoms. And when it only works for a short time, we end up treating the symptoms more fiercely. And all the while, the poor kid hasn’t had their real needs met in the slightest."
My latest article, as published on Parent.Co has gotten 917 shares on Facebook so far. I'm glad to see there is some interest in understanding giftedness, especially since this is about the time of year when it becomes pretty clear a typical education will not fit those who are highly or profoundly gifted. (Special bonus movie clip at the end.)
I am so excited to have been invited by Gifted Homeschoolers Forum to be one of their bloggers. What an honor to be in the same group as Paula Prober (Your Rainforest Mind), Celi Trépanier (Crushing Tall Poppies), Jade Rivera (Sunnyside Micro-school), and many others.
Stay tuned. Meanwhile, have a look at their website. There is some really helpful information for parents of gifted and 2e kiddos, whether you are homeschooling or not.
Here's my latest article with a film clip from Marc Smalowitz's documentary "The G Word". This film gives voice to so many amazing professionals including Dr. Melanie Johnson Hayes, Dr. Linda Silverman, the amazing folks at GRO (Gifted Research and Outreach), and even Van Jones, who talks about the gifted in our prison population!
My favorite quote is by Silverman, "We are bigoted against our gifted population, and do no afford them the same respect that we afford other people who have differences."
In this interview, Dr. Eide gives the most in-depth explanation of the creatively gifted brain, (dyslexic or not.). He also explains why psychologists and the education system don't understand this way of thinking yet.
“….Psychologist tend to be very highly verbal and very minimally non-verbal reasoners. And so a certain type of person tends to go into academic psychology. With all due respect, that person tends to be very commonly very different from a dyslexic person (cre...atively gifted) in terms of cognitive patterning…. All of the ways to think about the human experience through art, whether the visual arts, or the verbal arts, like poetry or literature, provide many different routes to thinking about complex issues of human experience. Not all of the deep thinking about human existence can be boiled down to analytic philosophy or cognitive psychology."
"I think that the prejudice that underlies the educational system in general in favor of ways of reasoning that involve heavy working memory burdens is a result of the fact that people who go into academic disciplines that set the pace for learning throughout the system are biased towards people who excel in that area.”
It's long, and not the best sound quality, but I highly recommend it. It's great to listen to while driving.
BTW, Elisheva Schwartz asks a great question about whether spatial reasoning is accurately tested in the typical IQ test. Answer: It's not. But some are working on it, using 3D computer images. If you want info on the best place for testing these types of learners, or if you have any other questions, email me. I'd love to hear from you. email@example.com
“There is a goldmine of hidden creativity in each one of these children, which can blossom and grow if we build bridges between the inner world of the individual and the outer world of society. We need to create an environment that strives to preserve the uniqueness of young children and simultaneously help them to integrate into the larger global entity.”
— Annemarie Roeper 1991
Gifted Research and Outreach
I can't tell you how happy I am that this organization exists. It's important to have valid research backing how gifted individuals have different needs physically, sensually, intellectually, psychologically and creatively. Not long ago at a conference on giftedness I was told that there isn't enough funding for research into the why and how gifted individuals are wired differently, even though most gifted professionals know it to be true. Now there is an organization doing this! I'm looking forward to their findings.
SPDs (Sensory Processing Disorders), can be mistaken for a number of childhood disorders. Read my article and find out the best way to make sure your child isn't misunderstood or misdiagnosed.
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