Do Gifted kids have a better edge over Neurotypical kids?

Padmapriya - posted on 12/17/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Will they be ahead in academics and in life. With many gifted kids hitting their milestones much before normal kids i feel its only logical that they are more succesful in life than the normal ones.

Just wanted to know other moms opinions.

Thank you!

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Sophia - posted on 01/19/2013

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depends on what you call succesful in life.... and what you teach your kids. I teach mine that going to school, having a job you love, finding a mate that you both .. become one , having a family of your own to love / love you back .. being able to take care of your household..... and good health.... and if bad health set's in being with that person that love you ... still you love.... thats succesful. things dont make you happy or succesful .. you just have more.

Amber - posted on 12/26/2012

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Every child is different. Just because they reach milestones early doesn't mean they'll be super geniuses. My daughter didn't crawl until almost 1 year old, didn't walk until 13 or 14 months old, but at 2.5 years she knows the whole alphabet, counts to 20, knows most letter sounds, knows a lot of the ASL alphabet, uses big words correctly.. You really can't go by anything like that. There are so many factors that go into a child's development and anything can change in the future. Their brains are flexible and what seems to be early for one kid may be normal for another. To label a child "gifted" is misleading and will lead to many disappointments later in life for the parents and the child.

Amanda - posted on 12/17/2012

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Not neccesarilly.
Gifted kids have their own problems to deal with and being gifted can lead to as many issues in school as a child with learning difficulties or behavioural problems if they don't have the right learning support or program.

How well a child does in life depends on the support they recieve at home and in school, how driven they are to achieve what they want to achieve as well as being academically able to achieve those things.

Also just because a child hits their milestones early as a baby does not mean they are gifted.

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