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WHO IS A GIFTED CHILD A gifted child is one who has an exceptional ability to learn According to some widely adopted definitions at least 15 to 20 of children may be identified as gifted or exceptionally able learners Gifted children are those who by virtue of their outstanding abilities are capable of high performance These are children who require different educational programs in order to realize their contribution to self and society Gifted children display atypical behaviours in the cognitive and social areas from an early stage of development If identification and appropriate nurturing occurs the traits will continue to expand However if there is no intervention many of these characteristics become hidden and at times the frustrations experienced by bright children result in negative behaviors and possible non fulfillment of promise Children capable of high performance include those with demonstrated achievement andor potential ability in any of the following areas singly or in combination general intellectual ability specific academic aptitude creative or productive thinking leadership ability ability in the visual and performing arts psychomotor ability Marland 1971 Similarly the Canadian National Department of Education defines the gifted learner as one who demonstrates or has the potential to demonstrate an exceptional ability to learn to be creative to lead to perform psychomotor or artistic andor to think critically Giftedness is dynamic thus it may or may not be readily observable It may only become evident when the student is exposed to a curriculum or experience that evokes hisher potential Department of Education Position Statement Meeting the Needs of Gifted Learners 1992 WHAT CAN PARENTS DO FOR A GIFTED CHILD All children have special talents that need to be noticed and nurtured so they will do well in school and in their later lives In the past poor students students with limited English language skills and students from diverse cultures have been overlooked by
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