Jennifer - posted on 05/15/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )
In talking with other parents of gifted children is the problems that can crop up due to a gifted child's ability to compensate for problems. If a gifted child has a disability or problem, neither there giftedness or the disability is noticed because they manage to make it into the normal range because they can compensate.
One lawyer mom told me her son wasn't identifed as gifted until 6th grade because he was struggling with divergent vision (eyes look out instead of focusing), but no one noticed because he just compensated.
Another mother told me that her gifted boy was not using one of his eyes, and the only symptom was that he couldn't catch a ball.
My 5 year old daughter has known her letters for 3 years now, and always writes them backwards, if there is not a sample to copy from. I have talked with her teacher about whether she might have some form of dyslexia, as both my husband and father do, but am told that is perfectly normal for a kindergardener. But, my internal reaction is, not my kindergardener. Normally she gets somethign the first or second time it is shown to her. The fact that we are 3 years into this, and she is still getting it wrong, indicates to me that she is having a problem. She also was very resistent to learning to read, and I didn't understand why. If all the letters are backwards, that pretty much explains it. But, even though this is slowing her way down, she is still 2nd in her class in reading, so her teacher doesn't think there is a problem.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get the school system to take these types of concerns seriously???