Thursday, 20 April 2006

Do you have a gifted child?

Gifted Child

By Elaine Hook, Education Consultant, National Association for Gifted Children

'I don't want to appear pushy'
'I don't know where to start'
'I hope you can help me'
'I just want my child to be happy'
'I need some advice'
'I am so worried about my child'
'I don't know how to approach the school'
'My child is different, always has been'
'I just want the best for my child'
'I don't know what to do for my child'
'I don't want my child to be a statistic'
'I wish my child enjoyed school'

These are just a few of the opening statements I receive on the NAGC Helpline every time I take a call. Most callers, whether it be parents of professionals, are concerned and worried for the well being of the child in question and genuinely do not know where to begin. Though often amazed and shocked to be blessed with a child termed "gifted" they are also sensitive to the fact that they have particular needs and require help and advice on how to support and cater for their child's particular needs in practical terms."

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