gifted or just bright?

Jessica - posted on 02/24/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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i have 3 sons, cody is 4 in april and has GDD(global developmental delay) and tyson is 2 and charlie is 4 months. I want to know if my boys are bright or gifted,like i know only a test down the track will tell.



Cody was born at 41 weeks with the help of forceps and the NICU team had to spend awhole minuteworking on him to get him tobreathe ,he had mengitis and jaundice,and feeding problems resulting in a nasal feeding tube he was in the special care nursery for 2 weeks. despite his dramatic enterance to the world, he reached his developmental milestones such sitting at 5 months crawling at 6 months,rolling at 3 months,walking at 10 months. He has an expressive speech delay and is being tested for fragile x amongst other things.



He learns things so fast he just needs to be shown once and he knows how to do it. heis a perfectionist.he has a intrest in numbers computers and classical music.he loves knowing how stuff works.he is very friendly. he knows some mandarin as well as being fluent in makaton and sign and is learning english (with the help of speech therapy) cody can point out colours shapes numbers without prompts he dislikes sleep.



tyson will be 3 in october he speaks both mandarin and english.he knows some colours but can count in both english and mandarin. he was born full term with forceps was and still is a fussy clingy child very alert and active.he rarely sleeps. he is very friendly. he greets everyne in mandarin lol.i do suspect bothcody and tyson have SPD so we are looking into that.tyson knows his shapes.



tyson did everything round the same time as cody did except he walked at 11 months talked at 10 months.



so what do you guys think?

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Dr. Peggy - posted on 03/11/2009

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I am the mom of 2 grown children – the boy is three years older than the girl. The boy is what I called high normal and the girl gifted. (This turned out to be supported by later testing and the academic work they did.) When did I first see a difference? When I was teaching them their good night prayers. I did this at about the same age for each. The way I taught the boy was each night we say what he knew together and then I'd say the next words and he'd repeat them. Each night he had more memorized. We repeated this until he knew it all. Then he said his prayers on his own. He learned his prayers word by word. The girl at the same age learned in phrases - not words. She would repeat back almost complete sentences. Each night she would remember more sentences. The difference in their ways of learning was so apparent – 22 years later I still have a clear memory of it.



Jessica - posted on 02/28/2009

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Thanks Deborah for the information it really has helped understand my boys needs better might see if there are books on 2E :-) we are looking at the homeschool option as well as local schools.

Deborah - posted on 02/28/2009

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Tammy: here is a link to some information on 2E: http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/what_is_2e....

Also look at http://www.sengifted.org/ It is a great site for supporting the emotional needs of the gifted.

But yes there is a label which is helpful b/c a lot of school districts won't even consider special ed for students labeled as gifted. But the sad thing is education for gifted is not that far from the needs of special ed. Both need specialized instructions IEP.

Tammy - posted on 02/28/2009

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Wow my daughter is gifted and daignosised this year as ADD and I didn't even know it had a lable.  Right now I'm reluctant to even address the ADD cause why mess with what is working plus meds scare me, but then I feel guilty cause the counselor suggests that she could do even better if the ADD was addressed.

Deborah - posted on 02/28/2009

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sorry about that. 2E is twice exceptional. This is gifted children who have learning disabilities or ADD/ADHD or Sensory Issues.

Jessica - posted on 02/28/2009

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What are 2E children? thank you for the replies i was thinking it would be hard to tell as they are young.

Deborah - posted on 02/27/2009

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I totally agree with Tammy. Just enjoy your boys. They sound wonderful and I am sure it is a trip to be greeted in Mandarin. But if you want to really research the idea of gifted and the levels of gifted then I would suggest Deborah Ruf's book Losing Our Minds. She really gets into the levels taking it back to infancy at different levels. One of the downside to her book is she doesn't discuss 2E children.

Tammy - posted on 02/27/2009

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I would say that right now you shouldn't worry about wether they are gifted or just bright.  Continue to give them hands on opportunities to learn and explore and see where that leads.  I will probably get alot of flack for saying this but at a young age it is realy hard to tell the difference between really bright and gifted unless the child is almost a genius or prodigy.

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