Social Skills

Similar to all children, gifted children are no different when it comes to navigating peer relationships.  However,  gifted children sometimes have moments when they are unavoidably out of step with their age mates. They are often more sensitive and emotionally aware than other children, can easily be hurt by unkind comments and/or rejection by others, and may be perceived as bossy, contrary, intense, serious, self-absorbed, negative, sarcastic, or bragging. They’re often unaware they are committing peer faux pas.

It’s important to identify opportunities for gifted children to spend time with like-minded peers on a regular basis so they have safe opportunities to hone their social skills.  They need to find peers who share the same interests, style, level of knowledge, and sensibilities. If it's not possible within the school setting, parents should look beyond the school walls for "interest peers." Differences in age melt can away when like-minded people share a passion.

Bullying

Bullies and bullying is currently a big topic in the news.  If your child is involved in this type of emotional and volatile situation, you must quickly move to find out the circumstances. If your child is the victim, the situation requires your full attention. In addition, it is important to take immediate action for change within the school environment. Supportive and collegial schools that provide appropriate and exciting learning challenges for their students do not tolerate bullying behaviors.  Read this PHP article on 21st century bullying and check out this webinar.

Social Skills