Is Your Child Gifted or Just a Nutcase? — 12 Comments

  1. I know two men who were obsessed with vacuums when they were kids. They’re both gay.

    Not saying the love of vacuums makes one gay, nor am I saying that loving vacuum cleaners makes one gifted.

    I’m just saying.

  2. Prairie – I know exactly what you describe. And really ironically, today at the neighborhood pool, a mom who is an occupational therapist in our public school was telling me how the school is doing a new collaboration with special ed intervention staff and the gifted staff to get a better handle on which kids are both – you know, the sensory traumatized first grader who can do pre-algebra (that’s an extreme example but I bet you know what I mean).

    Among parents, we talk all the time about the kids with the dual needs and I’m in what’s supposed to be an excellent district. But still, with resources being tight, just now they’re really, bona fide checking out what it means as far as serving the kids, if they have both an issue that would place them on an IEP AND be qualified as gifted.

    I know how you feel about the label.

  3. Just being smart is not being gifted. Gifted kids don’t learn the same way normal kids do, their critical thinking is different, and they have emotions that indeed are more intense. I really hate the word “gifted” because it sounds elitist. They are “special needs” children, just like those at the other end of the spectrum.

    You and I were probably “smart” kids in school. I didn’t speak in lengthy sentences at 18 months, read at the fifth grade level at age 3, and have discussions on Sundays with my parents about atheism and agnosticism at age 4. My daughters did. It was creepy. To this day, I still don’t know how they learned to read.

    I never had a bumper sticker and never disclosed IQ until now, but I always feel I have to defend myself around you.

  4. I also have a problem with parents reminding people that their kids are in gifted. ie: Bumper Stickers, blog mentions…

    BTW: what happened to just being a smart kid?

    And: I don’t worry about typos here.

  5. Now you’re ranting on a topic that I probably know more about than you do. Heh heh!

    You’re right about Kyle – he may not be gifted, he may just be compulsive/obsessive, you think? Although I knew a young boy who was as knowledgeable about toilets as Kyle is vaccums, and he was very gifted. Now he was an interesting kid.

    Both my children had IQ’s >165 and are now well-adjusted, well-rounded young women, despite the fact Mom is missing a card or two from her deck.

    Parading smart kids on tv to show off their “tricks” is a disservice to them. They already feel like freaks, so parents shouldn’t be encouraging the freak show.

  6. This is one of the strangest things I have seen in a while, and I have seen some strange things.

    There is only one word for Kyle – Weird.

    If he carries on like that, with that freaky obsession, he is never going to make any friends or have a life.

    In short – he is going to end up living in a vacuum.

  7. “I can’t figure out why she would qualify it with “clinically speaking.” Is that a way of saying he tests well but really he has as much sense as tree bark?”

    Don’t you just love Google Alerts and technorati! That’s how I discovered that you’d written that query about what I’d written:

    “As several folks may have picked up, my oldest son is, clinically speaking, profoundly gifted, and on the high end of that spectrum.”

    Although I take responsibility for this:

    “The needs of gifted students are largely ignored by educators and policy makers alike because of the mistaken belief that gifted education is only for wealthy, white children and that they can somehow get it on their own if their needs are ignored.”

    since that’s part of the Q&A “A” part from Ann Sheldon of the OAGC.

    Now – if you were wondering what I meant by clinically speaking, you could have just emailed me and asked. I would have been happy to tell you. But, like I said, who doesn’t love Google Alerts to track yourself – I know, very vain, huh?

    So – what I meant in the sentence you excerpted is that according to clinical standards of what is considered to be profoundly gifted test results, my son fits in that range. Nothing magical, cynical, skeptical or dubious about it. Oh – and he has a lot more sense than tree bark (that kind of hurt, to read that someone would interpret something I said about my son as meaning that I think he has no sense beyond tree bark, but that’s okay – I know a story about how Barbara Bush, finding out that George her son had been picked up for a DUI in Maine, told her family that she sometimes wondered if George had anything between his ears. We all know how that’s turned out!

    So – anyway – “a mom like this” – did you mean that in a good way, or that the poor kid is stuck with a mom who has no more sense than tree bark?

    In any case – thanks for writing about gifted kids, though I’m really still not sure what you really wanted to say about the topic.

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