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How to Recognize a Gifted Child

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Recognizing giftedness in a child often depends on how one defines ‘gifted’ and whether you are considering it educationally or psychologically. Terms such as ‘precocious’ – having developed certain abilities or proclivities at an earlier age than usual – or unusual qualities such as being hyper-attentive to adult conversations may signal giftedness.

Although an almost universal measure of entrance to gifted programs by schools, IQ scores are not the sole indicator of giftedness; and parents and teachers may rely on them too much. IQ scores serve as part of the identification process, but don’t tell the whole story. Too many schools approach IQ scores like their zero-tolerance policies; score one point below the 130 cutoff and services are denied.

It is well accepted within the gifted community that a student can be gifted and exhibit learning differences at the same time. However, this may come as a surprise to school personnel who are not familiar with the concept of twice-exceptional children.

In recent years, it has become glaringly apparent that we must do a better job at identifying low-ses, minority, and ELL students for gifted programs. The NAGC’s new campaign reminds us, ‘Giftedness Knows no Boundaries’. Universal screenings are absolutely necessary; no exceptions. Gifted identification needs to be de-mythologized and the ‘whole child’ must be supported.

Gifted students can be geniuses at going undercover … aloof, disinterested, unengaged, or oppositional. Though they may excel in elementary school, they will go into hiding in later years to avoid bullying or to ‘fit in’.

It is important that all stakeholders in gifted education be able to recognize a gifted child; regardless of achievement, age, socio-economic status, native language, or minority status. A transcript of this and all #gtchats may be found at Storify.

Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented  is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Tuesdays at 8E/7C/6M/5P in the U.S. and Wednesdays at Noon NZST/10 AM AEST/1 AM UK  to discuss current topics in the gifted community and meet experts in the field. Transcripts of our weekly chats can be found at Storify. Our Facebook Page provides information on the chat and news & information regarding the gifted community. Also, checkout our Pinterest Page and Playlist on YouTube.

Head Shot 2014-07-14  About the author: Lisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered        by TAGT and Social Media Manager of the Global #gtchat Community. She is a longtime  advocate for gifted children and also blogs at  Gifted Parenting Support. Lisa can be contacted at:


Gifted Homeschoolers Forum: Defining Giftedness

Perceptions Mired in Mythology

Remarks at the Washington State Legislature Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee (pdf)

Giftedness Knows No Boundaries (website)

See Me! (YouTube :15)

Why Gifted May Not be What You Think: Michelle Barmazel at TEDxHGSE (TED Talk 6:50)

Is Your Child Gifted? What to Look for and Why You Should Know

Is My Child Gifted?

UK: Just What is Gifted & Talented?

Giftedness Defined

Intellectual Giftedness

What is Highly Gifted?  Exceptionally Gifted?  Profoundly Gifted?  & What Does It Mean? 

In Pictures: How To Tell If Your Child’s Gifted Gifted Development Center: Is Your Child Gifted? (Quiz)

Characteristics of Giftedness Scale (pdf  checklist)

How to Identify Gifted Students in Your Classroom

11 Early Signs Your Kid Will Be Smart

How to Determine if Your Child is Gifted

Sprite’s Site: 2E Is

Sprite’s Site: Beginning the Journey – Gifted 101

Cybraryman’s Gifted Identification

Photo courtesy of Pixabay   CC0 Public Domain 

Graphic courtesy of Lisa Conrad


What Does Success Look Like to You?


This week’s #gtchat took a look at defining success by asking participants what success looked like to them. The definitions were as varied as the participants. Then we looked at the relevancy of ‘happiness’ to success, personal fulfillment, achievement and the idea  of ’eminence’. A full transcript may be found here.

Notable Quotes:

What does success look like to you?

Jen Merrill: “I think success is how far you’ve come from where you began.”

Leslie Graves: “Achieving a feeling of happiness and satisfaction after having been involved with something of interest to me.”

Should ‘happiness’ be a consideration in success?

Justin Schwamm: “ I would say happiness is a by-product of doing what you love, not a goal to seek for its own sake.”

Can a person find personal fulfillment without being successful? 

Terri Eichholz: “Since I think success is only when you have personal fulfillment, then I do not think one without the other is possible.”

Do you equate success with achievement?

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum: “Absolutely not! Success is defined by each individual for themselves… or should be.”

Jeffrey Farley: “I equate success with the achievement of goals, but too often we hold kids accountable for goals in which they aren’t invested.”

Jo Freitag: “Sometimes by happy coincidence success and achievement intersect other times they are independent of each other.”

Can someone be considered a success without becoming eminent in their field?

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum: “Eminence is from the outside; success *should* be an internal feeling.”

Barbara Larochelle: “When students equate success to a % mark, those who regularly achieve 95% + need something more intrinsic.”


The Difference between Successful and Very Successful People

3 Steps to Define Success on Your Own Terms

Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us from Daniel Pink

Defining Success by What Matters to You

What Defines Success? 

Defining the Target

How Do You Define Success?

The 12 Characteristics of Success

Defining My Own Success

Defining Success 2013 Global Research Results (pdf)

In Order to Succeed You Must Define Success

How We Measure Success?

What Real Success Looks Like


*Picture courtesy of Pixabay.

#gtchat 7PM ET Transcript June 7, 2013

Please click on the link below and scroll to the bottom of the page for our transcript from 7PM ET on June 7, 2013. Our topic was “Supporting Exhausted Parents of Gifted Children”.

Gtchat Transcript 060713 6 PM CT

Fostering Parent Awareness and Creating Community

Fostering Parent Awareness was a spirited chat with parents and educators sharing their experiences with raising parent awareness in their respective schools. This chat ranks as the 2nd most in tweets and participants since March 2012 when TAGT became the primary force behind #gtchat. Activity prior to and after the chat were at near all-time highs as well. A full transcript may be found here.

We at #gtchat sincerely appreciate the opportunity to provide an outlet for the gifted community to network and discuss relevant topics each week. Several milestones in terms of statistics were achieved this week including over 1,000 followers on Twitter for @gtchatmod, over 200 ‘Likes’ on our new Facebook page and nearly 3,000 pageviews here on our blog! Our original mandate to ‘build bridges’ within the gifted community is being realized each and every day!

During the 24 hours including this week’s chat, over 100 participants posted tweets from 25 states in the U.S. and from 12 countries. It is exciting to see the ‘global’ reach of our chat. This week, we will be announcing the addition of a second chat during the week that will be at a more convenient time for those in the UK, EU and Pacific Rim. Follow @gtchatmod on Twitter for all the latest news. If you have wanted to join chat, but were hesitant on how to participate; visit our page on the TAGT website to learn more.

Links from chat:

Appropriate Expectations for the Gifted Child (DeVries)

Considerations and Strategies for Parenting the Gifted Child

Parent Perceptions of Preadolescent Giftedness and Self Concept

Gifted Child In the Family: Early Detection of Giftedness (.pdf)

Gifted Education: More than Just an IQ Score Advice for Parents

The Moral Sensitivity of Gifted Children and the Evolution of Society (SENG)

Exceptionally Gifted Children: Different Minds (SENG)

Tips for Parents: Self-concept and Self-esteem Regarding Gifted Learners (from @DavidsonGifted )

Tips for Parents: The Real World of Gifted Teens (from @DavidsonGifted )

Resource Guide for Parents and Educators of Gifted Learners (.pdf)

Goodness of Fit: The Challenge of Parenting Gifted Children

“Pushy Parents”…Bad Rap or Necessary Role?

Parents’ Conceptions of Giftedness from @HoagiesGifted

The Effects of Participating in Gifted Programs Extend Beyond Academics from @DukeTIP

Time Spent Outside the Classroom @DukeTIP

Cybraryman’s GT Page   

Not More. Different from Venspired    

CSI: Challenging Scientific Investigations (blog)

Cybraryan’s Parenting Gifted Students

Livebinder: Apps for HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills)

Living the Life Fantastic Gifted News and Resources

Using Social Media to Advocate for the Gifted

Jo Freitag’s Gifted Resources

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

Equity in Gifted/Talented (GT) Education

Laughing at Chaos (blog) 

Top 5 TED Talks for Parents of Gifted Kids  from IEA Gifted 

Giftedness and the Kaleidoscope of Colours … One Parent Looks Back from Innreach’s Blog

What Schools Need: Vigor Instead of Rigor

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