Some think gifted children should be good at everything, this is just not true. Gifted Children may be good in 1 particular field but not good in others. This is the norm, sometimes their gifts might be overlooked thinking they are being distracted from whats important. We want to help you best see what a child can be gifted in, that way they might not be dismissed easily.
Here are some characteristics of gifted students that parents should use to see if they think their child is gifted:

  1. Gifted students are often perfectionist and idealistic.
  2. Gifted students may experience heightened sensitivity to their own expectations and those of others.
  3. Gifted students are asynchronous.
  4. Some gifted students are “mappers” (sequential learners), while others are “leapers” (spatial learners).
  5. Gifted students may be so far ahead of their chronological age mates that they know half the curriculum before the school year begins!
  6. Gifted children are problem solvers.
  7. Gifted students often think abstractly and with such complexity that they may need help with concrete study and test-taking skills.
  8. Gifted students who do well in school may define success as getting an “A” and failure as any grade less than an “A”.

Gifted students generally have unusual talent in one or occasionally two areas. Below are six areas where we will find giftedness. No child will be gifted in all six, but some may be in more than one area. Within specific academic ability, students again usually have one or two subjects that they are best in and passionate about.

Creative Thinking
  • Independent thinker
  • Exhibits original thinking in oral and written expression
  • Comes up with several solutions to a given problem
  • Possesses a sense of humor
  • Creates and invents
  • Challenged by creative tasks
  • Improvises often
  • Does not mind being different from the crowd
General Intellectual Ability
  • Formulates abstractions
  • Processes information in complex ways
  • Observant
  • Excited about new ideas
  • Enjoys hypothesizing
  • Learns rapidly
  • Uses a large vocabulary
  • Inquisitive
  • Self-starter
Specific Academic Ability
  • Good memorization ability
  • Advanced comprehension
  • Acquires basic skill knowledge quickly
  • Widely read in special interest area
  • High academic success in special interest area
  • Pursues special interest with enthusiasm and vigor
  • Assumes responsibility
  • High expectations for self and others
  • Fluent, concise self expression
  • Foresees consequences and implications of decisions
  • Good judgment in decision making
  • Likes structure
  • Well-liked by peers
  • Self-confident
  • Organized
  • Challenged by difficult athletic activities
  • Exhibits precision in movement
  • Enjoys participation in various athletic opportunities
  • Excels in motor skills
  • Well coordinated
  • Good manipulative skills
  • High energy level
Visual/ Performing Arts
  • Outstanding in sense of spatial relationships
  • Unusual ability in expressing self, feeling, moods, etc., through dance, drama, music, etc.
  • Good motor coordination
  • Exhibits creative expression
  • Desire for producing “own product” (not content with mere copying)
  • Observant