Understanding Gifted Children

High Achievers, Gifted Learners, or Creative Thinkers?

The number one question asked by parents of advanced children is whether their child is gifted or "just" bright. They may also question whether their child is gifted if he or she is not excelling in school. What is a gifted child? How can a gifted child be recognized?

These questions are not easy to answer. However, we can get a better idea if we look at the characteristics of three different types of children: High Achievers, Gifted Learners, and Creative Thinkers. These categories were developed by Dr. Bertie Kingore and they go a long way in helping us recognize gifted children, including those who don't do well in school. The chart below provides some of the comparisons among these three groups.