Oftentimes, children who are gifted and talented do not get identified because their attitude is oftentimes almost the opposite of what many educators and counselors believe gifted and talented children behave. If you know that your child is bright and can answer yes to four or more of these questions, then you may have a gifted child on your hands.
Are you sure your child is ADHD and not just bored in school? Do you feel like your child’s social life is missing something? Do you notice that your child has an adult sense of humor and has since a very young age? Do you feel like people just do not understand him/her? Do he/she have issues with authority? Does your child not necessarily know all the answers but asks the most interesting questions? Have you noticed that your child is drawn to novel things, people, places? Have you noticed how passionate your child can be? Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wonder if my kid is bipolar” with his/her emotional highs and lows? Does your teen have a better reason for not doing something than you have for asking him/her to do it? Has he/she ever mastered something (a sport, hobby, musical instrument, etc..) and then just quit because he/she got bored with it? Does your child have peculiar likes/dislikes when it comes to food or clothing textures? Have you ever noticed if your child’s grades were a reflection of his/her attitude toward his/her teacher more than his/her actual intellectual ability? Is your child more likely to ask the most interesting questions more than knowing all the answers? Is your child extremely passionate? Does your child have a tendency to want justice and fairness at all times? Has your child ever spit something out of his/her mouth bot because it tasted bad but because of texture? Did your child hit puberty early or late? Have you answered yes to any of these questions?