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Is Identifying Your Child As Gifted Important?

 

At some point most parents of gifted kids will ask, “Does my gifted child really need a label?” In this audioblog episode, Collen tackles this question and looks at the pros and cons of giving your gifted child the “label.”

Is Identifying Your Child As Gifted Important?

Does My Gifted Child Really Need A Label?

I understand the question. How often have we heard complaint that we label kids too much?

“Why can’t kids be kids?”

“Back in my day we didn’t have all these disorders.”

“I just want to appreciate him without some label telling me who he’s supposed to be.”

While these are certainly valid statements on some level, at some point most parents of gifted kids will ask, “Does my gifted child really need a label?”

Related: 100 Hints Your Child May Be Gifted

Is Identifying Your Child As Gifted Important?

The Difference Between Labeling And Pathologizing A Gifted Child

To label a child means to identify them, in simplest terms. The salt and sugar in the cabinet each have a label that let you know what you’re working with, and a label for a child does the same thing. Pathologizing a child or a child’s behavior is akin to a diagnosis. Dismissing the wiggly kindergartner as having ADHD is pathologizing, whereas knowing that kindergartner is a wiggle worm is labeling.

Both have options for “treating” the behavior, be it medication or taking a short walk, but only one “blames” the behavior on a diagnosis or condition. 

Is Identifying Your Child As Gifted Important?

RLL Episode 115: Does My Gifted Child Really Need A Label?

 In this audioblog episode, Collen tackles this question and looks at the pros and cons of giving your gifted child the “label.”

 

Prefer to read the original post? You’ll find it here:

Does My Gifted Child Really Need a Label?

 

Links and Resources from Today’s Show:

The Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children: What Do We Know?Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger's, Depression, and Other Disorders (2nd edition)Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students: Helping Kids Cope with Explosive FeelingsParenting Gifted Children 101: An Introduction to Gifted Kids and Their NeedsBright Not Broken: Gifted Kids, ADHD, and AutismOn the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted ChildrenSuccess Strategies for Parenting Gifted Kids: Expert Advice From the National Association for Gifted ChildrenRaising Gifted Children: A Practical Guide for Parents Facing Big Emotions and Big PotentialUnderstanding Your Gifted Child From the Inside OutParenting Gifted Children: The Authoritative Guide from the National Association for Gifted ChildrenParenting Gifted Kids: Tips for Raising Happy and Successful Gifted ChildrenTeaching Gifted Children: Success Strategies for Teaching High-Ability Learners

 
 
 

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