The Gifted Student

How to Support your Gifted Child


Your child has been identified as "gifted", but what does that really mean?

When looking up the definition of giftedness, you may find that many people disagree on a working definition. Some experts believe giftedness is a developed competence in a specific area, while others believe giftedness is an aptitude for learning. However, the most common definition for giftedness is a child who has an exceptional aptitude for learning and a competence in a specific area. Below is the NAGC (National Association of Gifted Children) definition.

NAGC's Definition of Giftedness:

“Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude (defined as an exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence (documented performance or achievement in top 10% or rarer) in one or more domains. Domains include any structured area of activity with its own symbol system (e.g., mathematics, music, language) and/or set of sensorimotor skills (e.g., painting, dance, sports).” -

You can learn more about the NAGC and their viewpoint on giftedness at

Helping Your Gifted Child at Home

At school, your child should be receiving gifted services. However, research has shown that children who are identified as gifted often come from nurturing and supportive homes. First and foremost, gifted children need opportunities to experience new learning. Gifted children are more likely to be inquisitive and ask the "why" questions of their parents. This can be very frustrating for parents. However, it is important that we allow our gifted children to explore and that we nurture their inquisitive nature. Below, you will find a list of the most important aspects for nurturing giftedness at home.

- Supportive environment that encourages children to always chase their dreams. “If your dreams don’t scare you, then they aren’t big enough.”

- Interest in the area the child seeks out to pursue – if there is not an initial interest from a parent then it is important for families to show their support by asking questions to show they are interested.

-Provide the opportunity for children to become independent.

-Loving environment where children aren’t afraid of failure.

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Does Giftedness Equal Success in School?

Your child may be identified as gifted. However, giftedness does not always equal success in school. Gifted children have an aptitude for learning, but do not always demonstrate their ability in traditional school settings. For some gifted children, school is redundant and boring which makes achievement difficult. For other students, they have not yet had the opportunity to develop their giftedness. Many teachers do not have the training to work with gifted students and do not know how to reach the needs of a gifted child.

Here is the NAGC's response to the question: Do all gifted children get A's?


That student can't be gifted, he gets poor grades.


Underachievement describes a discrepancy between a student’s performance and his actual ability. The roots of this problem differ, based on each child’s experiences. Gifted students may become bored or frustrated in an unchallenging classroom situation causing them to lose interest, learn bad study habits, or distrust the school environment. Other students may mask their abilities to try to fit in socially with their same-age peers and still others may have a learning disability that masks their giftedness. No matter the cause, it is imperative that a caring and perceptive adult help gifted learners break the cycle of underachievement in order to achieve their full potential.

- See more at:

A parent speaks about her experiences raising three gifted children.

Gifted, creative and highly sensitive children | Heidi Hass Gable | TEDxLangleyED

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