What is a talent?
Children have many different abilities and skills. When a child is particularly good at one of these skills, we might say that child has a 'talent'. Children may demonstrate a particular talent for maths, drawing, singing, playing the piano or basketball.
It is helpful to identify these strengths in children so they may be appropriately mentored and have the opportunity to reach their full-potential.
What is giftedness?
The term giftedness is typically reserved for individuals who show several high-level talents/abilities/skills within a particular area. Children could be gifted intellectually, physically, athletically, socially, creatively, and/or academically.
There is no universally accepted threshold to differentiate those children who are "gifted" versus those who are in the normal range. Instead, gifted children tend to be identified by a potential that is distinctly higher than that of their peers.
However, as a rule-of-thumb, children may be considered as 'gifted' when their abilities are in the top 2% of their population group.
Problems associated with giftedness
In the wrong environment, giftedness may lead to inattention, disruptive behaviours, boredom, frustration, and school-aversion. These behaviours can be a sign that a child's abilities are too advanced for the learning context. Children must be challenged appropriately to ensure optimal engagement, development and mastery.
Intellectual and academic giftedness
Intellectual and academic giftedness relate to superior abilities across a range of cognitive functions (eg. processing speed, memory, language and problem-solving) and educational learning (eg. reading, maths and writing).
Chology helps families to identify and support children who are intellectually and academically gifted.
Why get a giftedness assessment for my child?
Benefits of a giftedness assessment:
- Understand your child's true capabilities
- Guides specialised school-learning programs and support
- Assists applications for selective schooling
- Identifies individual strengths to nurture and build upon
- Identifies and provides strategies to support related behavioural and emotional issues (eg. inattention, disruption, anger, boredom and school aversion)