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  • Writer's pictureMary McInerney, LCSW, RPT

Emotional Needs of Gifted Children

Children are gifted when their ability is significantly above the norm for their age. Giftedness may manifest in one or more domains such as; intellectual, creative, artistic, leadership, or in a specific academic field such as language arts, mathematics or science. However, their development is usually asynchronous. Their cognitive skills might be advanced but their social/emotional development is not. They can have a need for perfection and have emotional sensitivities and intensity, self doubts, and difficulties in finding friends. It is important to address these unique needs and support our gifted children.

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