Is your child a gifted one?

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Do you have gifted children?

I pose this question because more and more factors of knowing that your child or children belong to the gifted ones are being implemented to help enhance their abilities and not just put into wastes. I’ve seen programs showing different wizardry of highly exceptional children when it comes to intelligence. With this note, I should also delve in finding the roots of all these bravados. Let’s start finding these children from their respective homes.

The Thing called ‘Giftedness’

A ‘gifted child’ shows above average in thinking and has full of interest or enthusiasm in many areas as in logic and mathematics, body kinetics , science, arts and music. They usually excel in many areas of expression.

Potentially gifted children start showing their exceptional prowess at an early age. Parents oftentimes didn’t know how to handle the situation properly because they have their jobs or duties to attend to. There are many support groups that are helping parents to cope up with such kind of situation. The very firsts they should do is to know the basic steps in officially recognizing the ample potentials of their children in many aspects.

Measuring I.Q. (Intelligence Quotient)

The Levels of Giftedness based on their IQ is not the sole basis of measuring their giftedness. Nevertheless, it will help the parents to know the level of intelligence of their children.

LEVEL OF GIFTEDNESS

I.Q. BRACKET

Mildly Gifted

115-129

Moderately Gifted

130-144

Highly Gifted

145-159

Exceptionally Gifted

160-179

Profoundly Gifted

180+

Gifted Children in the Philippines

Nowadays, the Philippine Association for the Gifted (PAG) are not only measuring the abilities of the identified gifted children but also encourage the support of their parents.

Leticia Penano-Ho, Ph.D.,President and Chairperson of PAG emphasizes on the indicators of children who are gifted.

At an early age, before 1 year old, a gifted child can talk clearly and can complete sentences, then into phrases. He/she is also a wide reader kid.

The asynchrony or the ups and downs of a gifted child should also be considered at the later stage because of various interests that a child will be focusing.

As the IQ level tapers off, the testing should be done during the mid-elementary grades when a gifted child shows consistency in achievement, whether it’s intellectually or socially.

Parents of Gifted Children

The most proud ones of multi-talented kids are the parents. The dilemmas of guiding them to hone their talents should be directed to Parents Support Group. They should talk about the development of their kids and identify the areas they excel. They should also delve on the problems that kids encounter while adjusting to the outside world.

Maintaining and sustaining the growth and talent of gifted children can be costly. Those who are financially capable can develop their potentials while those who are poor can limit their resources to further enhance their talents.

With the support group composed of parents and specialists, poor but mentally advanced children can now have vast opportunities that can help them further enhance their gifts.

Perfectionist Strap

“I don’t want to fall for that kind of attitude,”19-year old Chino Guttierez quips during an interview in a Sunday morning show, Salamat Dok (Thanks Doc produced by ABS-CBN). “I’m just an ordinary, typical guy with few friends who can relate to me. I don’t want to be that popular. I’m okay with few people who can understand me,” he added.

Chino Guttierez is a multi-talented Filipino teenager who excels in many fields. During his elementary grade, he already studied and solved high school level of mathematical problems.

While he’s growing up, his interests are also varying like excelling in music especially in violin. With this achievement, he got a scholarship in Germany and the first non-Bavarian to top violin competition. He also topped in Science and Math competitions in Europe.

While he was there, he co-authored a book written in Latin language. He is also a multi-lingual individual, which is an ordinary thing for a gifted individual.

The Wonders of Tamura kids

Cecille Gumba-Tamura, Vice President of PAG had also set of children who belongs to the gifted ones.

The eldest, Cy Tamura, now 16 years old first graced the media mileage when he composed his musical libretto, The Magic Staff, at the age of 8. At present he is perfecting his musical compositions through mathematical equation.

Yosh Tamura, 12 years old, has a photographic memory that at the age of two can really memorize plate numbers and can remember what he had done at an early age.

Meanwhile, Aya, 8 year old and the only girl can solve puzzles fast and create Haiku (Japanese short poem) creatively.

Some Geniuses and all

Albert Einstein can be considered the all-time most popular genius in the world who created the famous formula of relativity: e=mc2.

Worth mentioning, too is William Shakespeare, the equally famous English playwright who gave us many masterpieces in theater arts, like Romeo and Juliet.

As for me, I reached the IQ level of 126 when I underwent series of tests on abstract reasoning, comprehension and logic and analytical math and science. Not bad for an average man with various interests in life.

How about you, are you a gifted one? Do you believe in the jargon that 'geniuses are not made, they are born'?

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bacville 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

My I.Q. is not yet measured in school. I like to excel in Mathematics.


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

I'm not too good in Mathematics, but I can also formulate new formulas to solve some problems easily. The technique we usually use is FOIL (first, out, in, last) for solution. Good luck to you, bacville and thanks for always commenting my hubs.


jasmine 6 years ago

hi! may i know if you have any connections with the Philippine Association for the Gifted? im currently having a thesis that may need their help, so if you know any means to reach them, please tell me. Thank You!

* good article by the way


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Hello, Jasmine. Thanks for the comment and hub-visit. All I knew was that I was supposed to be accelerated one grade higher when I was in Grade I butt never transpired. I made this article because the show "Salamat Dok"of ABS-CBN happened to feature the gifted children, their family and the support group. You can still check the PAG's hotline at 687-1122 or 0927-597-9103 or you can check this site:

http://www.sta-silaycity.edu.ph/blog/?p=14


maila 6 years ago

hi im maila mother of kid aron mondragon,my child is only 8 yrs old,but he finish grade 3 at the age of of 7,now aron is going to grade 4 suddenly,aron cant enroll in grade 4 bcoz of the school error and their age, wat should i do


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Hi, maila. The best thing to do is refer the problem to the principal. They should be the one correcting the error. If they didn't do it, you can inform the Department of Education sub-office of their faults.


nelson mirallo 6 years ago

My youngest child who is now 5 years old has a very very good memory. I want to know his IQ but I don't know where should I go to do the tests.


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@nelson mirallo; You can contact the administrator of Philippine Science High School System in Manila. It's the least I know about it.

Or you can follow this link:

http://giftedkids.about.com/od/testing/ht/find_tes...

Philippine Association for the Gifted (PAG) just held a workshop last year (2009) but you can still contact them.

Just open this site for a more concise aid for you. Good luck!

http://teamyeheyblog.yehey.com/?tag=philippine-ass...


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

What a wonderful hub just filled with great information. My children were tested years ago. Two of the are moderately gifted, one is mildly gifted. I found, in our case that the most important thing with the highly gifted children is to help focus them in a direction of their own and to not push them so hard that they rebell and all of the work is for naught.

Rated up and useful.


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Thanks for rating this hub up, KoffeeKlatch Gals. The guidance of parents is a must when they have these sets of gifted children, like you said it.


StageDad 6 years ago

My son is gifted. I know this by sheer comparison to adults 3 times his age and in the same field.

http://vimeo.com/15222385

I can't be any prouder. I don't really know though if he was born with it or he made himself into it. Like I always tell people when asked, I bought him an electric guitar one day, and the next day he's rocking out. In a matter of 3-4 months, he was already playing virtuoso pieces from Steve Vai, Eric Johnson etc. He's only been playing less than 2 years now.

There's one thing that I haven't seen anyone address yet: A child gifted with passion. People have measure giftedness with IQ,skill, etc. But what I have seen in my son, watching him practice 4-6 hours a day without even telling him to do so and fearlessly tackle difficult songs in days (months to the regular practitioner) and not stop until he gets it done is his gift, the talent is just a byproduct.

Nice hub!


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@StageDad: I'm sure, you're too proud of your son's exceptional dedication in music. A full support is needed to let him excel in his field of interest.

You're right, the talent is 1 per cent inspiration but 99 perspiration. Concentration is a must in learning especially to gifted children, like yours.


fernando c. santos jr 6 years ago

my child could already count 1-10 when he was 13 mos, memorised abc's, colors, before he was 1 1/2 years old, could count 1-100, memorised at least 50 diff flags and capitals of diff contries, learned to read b4 he was 3. when he turned 3 he shifted his attention to spelling diff shapes like polygons, dodecagon, octadecagon. is he gifted? where can i have him assesed? pls visit my youtube site venom8662004. thanks!


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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Good thing to hear about your child...I mean, his giftedness! If you want to be associated with the Philippine association for the gifted, you can easily contact them through this hotline: 687-1122 or 0927-597-9103 or you can check this site:

http://www.sta-silaycity.edu.ph/blog/?p=14


gie 5 years ago

hi, I have a baby and she just turned 3 this. jan.2011.

Well, my family and I think that my daughter is gifted because at the age of 1 she knows and can identify 30plus different kinds of animals, at 2 years old she can recite

atleast a hundred and fifty (150) world capitals, can count 1-10 in arabic, japanese and spanish. Can sing different song completely like our National Anthem.

She can also recite local capitals (capital of provinces).

Well, i just want to ask if where can i find an i.q test center in manila? thanks


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Hi, Gie! Your child is really gifted. The PAG (Philippine Association for the Gifted) can be informed by you through these hotlines: 687-1122 or 0927-597-9103 or just check their website:

You can also read other comments on this hub for reference, too. Good luck!!!


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Hi, Gie! Your child is really gifted. The PAG (Philippine Association for the Gifted) can be informed by you through these hotlines: 687-1122 or 0927-597-9103 or just check their website:

You can also read other comments on this hub for reference, too. Good luck!!!


mary 5 years ago

Hi i dont know if my son to be consider as gifted but as early as 2 years old he started reading books and as early as 1 1/2 yr old he already knows A-Z and number 1-25 then know at the age of 2 1/2 his interest is in the internet reading solar system, etc. here is one of his video link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKNKKyjWr3w can i consider him gifted?....


ARMIE S. LAMPA 5 years ago

hi! I have a 5 yr old son a very smart and s suspected to be gifted by me and so many people who have seen his abilities. At 6 months old he uttered MAMA SO clearly. Age 1, can write a lot of shapes. Age 2, memorized the alphabet and sings them in three different tunes, and can write his name, and numbers 1-10. At age 3 he memorized 26 NBA PLAYERS in a deck of cards with their names, jersey number, jersey color and team even if we turn the cards upside down. At 3 he can read and was a COMPUTER WHIZ excel, word powerpoint, chess, machinarium, programs his own game ans troubleshoots. at 4 he started schooling and ranked 1 out of 26 studs who were no longer first timers and was the best in academic performance in all subjects. talks a lot about supernova, blackhole, galaxy, gravity, types of clouds, oxygen, photosynthesis, figures of speech and a lot more topic that even adults gets shocked. We enrolled him at Montessori to address his desire to learn cuz he was so bored in his previous school.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@mary: I hope my answer is not, too late. My bad! Yes, he's gifted.No doubt about it! Most of the children these days are showing that kind of intellectual capacity.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@ARMI S. LAMPA: Yes, he's really gifted! You must contact someone at PAG (Philippine Association for the Gifted) to cope up with the demands of having a child like him. Please refer to other comments above and see my link. They're most happy to help you because most of the officers and members are parents with gifted children, too. Good luck!


iris 5 years ago

hi, what's their website again? thanks!


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@iris: Just type Philippine Association for the Gifted and choose the official website. You're welcome!


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Anthea Carson 5 years ago from Colorado Springs

I agree, the parent's are definitely the most proud of their gifted kids, more than the kids themselves! Good job on the article.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Anthea Carson: Thanks for your appreciation. Kids are just giving back on how the way their parents nurture them. With good environment at home and sufficient provision of basic needs of the children, they will surely excel in everything they want to venture into in the future.


jane palma 5 years ago

Hi,i have a 3 yrs old son and we live hre n iloilo.I think that my child s really gifted,he knows to read well nd identify a lot of object around us.He can write,operate computer nd celphones.As i enrol him n a private school his teachers amaze.As we go n d city evry people we encounterd was amazed my child always show his potentials.i already hve a sked on a doctor to test my child.As parent,what s d bst thing 2 do to guide my child? he get bord with his clasmates


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@jane palma: Congratulations for having a son like that. Well, you can also ask your doctor about it. He should be at the special school for the gifted. That's the only thing I can suggest.

As for me, if not only for the opposition I've metwith my parents, I can also excel in many things during my childhood. We live in the barrio and transportation and money were the major problems.

If you have enough fund to enrol him at the Philippine Association for the Gifted, then do it now.

Good luck!!!


toby 4 years ago

hi, just want to ask something about my older sister since ima bit curious if she is gifted or not. My mom told me about the things my sister used to do back when she was just a child. By 2 months she uttered the word "mama", by 4 months she could discern proper positions of bottles and would turn them over if mom turns it upside down, says complete sentences by 6 months like "am i going to eat now mom", learned how to draw before 1 year (dad saved one drawing she did by 1 year and 4 months and it was about an octopus with a hat beside a table), plays jigsaw puzzles and legos, ask a lot of questions over and over but was really bad at math and spelling. She could remember things she just saw for the first time but really sucked at school. When we were teenagers she would usually asked me if i ever thought about the purpose of humanity and why we existed and what is the point of doing things since we are all going to die, and I was speechless most of the time. She would often ask what was her purpose in life ( come to think of it she was actually depressed a lot). Mom said that her pediatrician said my sister is gifted but im having doubts because shes having trouble passing math.


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@toby: My apology for this late answer on your comment.

Well, if that's the case with your older sister, it is because of savant syndrome. She may have a photographic memory but she'll fail in other fields, like mathematics.

Yet, there are many great and famous people who have this limitations, and they're still 'gifted' to me.

Please follow my link here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savant_syndrome

Anyways, thanks for opening up this subject. Please give my regards to your older sister.


caca1225 4 years ago

Is there a way to identify if a kid under 12-month-old is gifted? There are people talking about signs of early motor skills or profound vocabulary. I had IQ test when I was 12 that scored at above 150. But I didn't show any sign in terms of motor skills or vocabulary. I'm good in math/science/art subjects at school but suck at writing even now as a grown up. Me and my husband came from different countries. There are 4 languages we speak in the family. The main care takers for my 11-month-old are my mom and in-laws. I'm not sure if my son is overwhelmed by 4 languages. I think my son is very very smart in terms of logical thinking but others said the example I gave is just a norm for a 11-month-old. I don't want to be a pushy parent or a wishful parent. I just want to identify if my son is gifted as early as possible so I can give him the help he needs. As I mentioned earlier I was scored above 150 at age of 12, but at that time no one in my family give a damn about it. Both of my parents were not highly educated (12 grade & 9 grade) due to the fact they were born and raised during WWII and later civil war. My parents were so focus on bringing food on table and they had overlooked my needs when I was a kid. That's why I'm asking if there is a way to identify a gifted younger kid who doesn't yet read and write? Also, do you know at what age a kid has 3 dimensional spacial sense? For example, when a baby tries to crawl under a sofa, s/he usually got stuck by her/his head since they only have view of their eye level. At what point they finally figure out their head which they cannot see was the reason they got stuck by sofa? And at what age they figure out if they lower their head they can easily go in/out under a sofa? Appreciated your reply in advance.


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@caca1225: Thanks for sharing your experience with your child.

Really, baby geniuses are exploring their new-found skills and in-born talents during the formative years, from 1 to 2 years old.

The Parents Support Group of Philippine Association for the Gifted (PAG) will surely help you with your dilemmas.

3 dimensional spatial sense has been with kids since they are honing their cognitive skills at an early age. I cannot pinpoint the exact age but scientists will attest that it is during their first two years that this skills/talent in distinguishing three-dimensional objects or geometrical shapes are apparent.

Hahaha, well, until now I also got my head stuck under a sofa whenever I'm looking or searching for lost objects.

I still haven't figure out that my brain is bigger than my eyes. (Pun intended).

Thanks for your time caca1225.


maybelleblossom 3 years ago

Is our son gifted?

Please watch:

1. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1015188936075...

2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXcVBZQof7w

3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXtGxxUVrDM

4. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1015176401853...

At the age of 1 1/2, he can already recite his alphabets with corresponding words that represent the same. It was when he reached the age of 2 when he began showing his interest of learning more so we sent him to Blest Christian School and from then on, he has constantly amazed us. Like when he was 3, he started reading well, he writes legibly, he draws a lot, he loves numbers, he plays puzzles and car racing games, he became addicted with colors that's why he has lots of crayons. At 4, he writes a lot, draws a lot and loves to sing.

It was when he turned 5 when he has shown interest on world maps, the globe, and even flags of the different countries of the world. During his graduation day, he delivered a lengthy speech that in my entire life have not seen someone as young as him, capable of doing it .

It was right after their graduation in school last March when he began demonstrating to us the different continents and the islands in it and in less than two weeks, he has mastered it all. At first, we can hardly believe it is real. It amazes us so much and we have been wondering how come this little boy knows a lot..... and the truth is, most of the countries he mention each time we would allow him to recite, are the ones we actually are not familiar with. He even knows the capital of a small island like "Fidji" and I came to know abt it when it was Congressman Carlos M., Padilla who tried to ask Yjan several questions that we was able to answer...... Whenever we give Yjan a wrong answer, he would even say, "Oh no, mama/papa, that's wrong, the correct answer is...... "

A lot of questions have been playing on our minds but there is only one answer to these questions--- that indeed, our Father in heaven is so good that He blessed us an amazing son who became our Life, our source of hopr and inspiration .... our everything.

And all of these, we bring it back to Him.

May this serve as an inspiration to all of us!

To Him be the glory ALWAYS.

Proud parents: Nestor Sevillena & Maybelle Blossom Dumlao- Sevillena


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travel_man1971 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@maybelleblossom: Truly, your son is a gifted child.

As parents, you and your husband should support your child's endeavor in every way you can.

He is truly a God's blessing in your family.

To further enhance his talents and skills, you can seek the presence of the support group, PAG (Parents Support Group of Philippine Association for the Gifted).

It is the right avenue to keep your child on the right track.


Ana Marie Agojo 3 years ago

this message is from my friend.. hope you can give an advice or answer her question to know if her child is a gifted one..

Sir/Maam, Good day!

I have a son, he's name is Lenard Roi Alba and he is turning 3 this October. When he was 16 months old, I have noticed that he is different from other children on his age. He seems to have a photographic memory. It's that age when he learned the uppercase letters of the alphabets, 17 months old when he learned the lowercase letters himself. Then followed by the basic colors, shapes, some of the Philippine Natiional Heroes and Philippine Presidents.

At the age of 2, he can count from 1 to 100 and knows how to spell each numbers at the same time. He can write and read english and tagalog well and can take dictations depends on his mood.

Recently, he just shocked the whole family when we realized that he can identify and name 178 flags of the nation.

I just want to ask what you think is the right approach should I do for my son.

Do you think he really is a genius child like everyone thought he is?

Can he take an IQ test already or must he really have to take it and where should I go?

I don't know what to do and we don't have the money to support with the necessary steps.

Can you refer us to an organization or institution that provides the support we needed?

Thank you!


Merriam 2 years ago

I am a mother of 23 months old. I wonder f my baby is gifted. He can identify the parts of the body such as eyes,nose,mouth,teeth, and many more. He can also say the alphabet and recognize letters and he can identify objects. He can speaks many words and combined it. As early as 1 he can rhyme songs. And he can sing nursery rhyme. He. Love to sing and dance. And Identify shapes. Can I consider him as advance


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travel_man1971 2 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Ana Marie Agojo: OMG! It's been a year since I visited this hub of mine. But of course, your son is exceptional based from the early indicators you've narrated. You can contact the PAG (Parents Association for the Gifted) for proper IQ testing.

You can check the PAG's hotline at 687-1122 or 0927-597-9103.


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travel_man1971 2 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Merriam: How lucky of you to have such a gifted son!

Scientific facts state that baby geniuses are until two years old. Parents must nurture such gift in order to sustain those talents.


Margarette 22 months ago

Hi there! I have a 3mos old son and we have noticed that he's very advance compared to his peers. He already said his first word before he's even 1 month, his first word was "hi" and not long before he can say "dady". Around 3rd week after he was born he's already making sounds of ma, ema, aboo, boo, ey, hey and something that sound like those. We considered "hi" his first word as he can say it clearly. When he turned 1month we found him talking to his stuffed tiger toy, he's giggling while looking at the tiger's face and he's saying "hi" again and again. We were surprised by that incident as according to our book he should be seeing colors only such as red, black and white and not identify faces much more of an animal's face. At 2 months he can already say "meh" and mommy, ma and mama, bi, ayaw (don't like) one time when he was angry he said the complete "ayaw ko(I don't like)" which is to my mom's surprise she said she almost drop the baby. He smiles when you ask him to smile specially when taking his picture. He stopped talking a lot around his 2mos and 2wks when his attention was diverted to walking, he doesn't want to crawl but instead he wanted to walk(with support) outside the house. He would always cry and makes gestures that he wants to go out and he would say "ebu" which we understood the he means "go out". At 3mos his demands for going out lessen and started to talk a lot again still most words are baby words, still says hi, mama, mommy etc... though didn't heard him say daddy after the 3rd time. We mentioned to our pedia that he's already saying words and is very eager to walk but she doesn't seem interested, she just said "really? wow!" and about him walking she said that we shouldn't let him walk as his legs aren't strong enough yet. We told her that we're just letting him do some steps just to make him happy. Also he's been drooling a lot and biting his hands and our's but the pedia said that teething happens during 6th month, I have to disagree bcus my older sister had teeth when she was 4mos. I was an early talker myself, I started talking when I was 3mos and as it turned out I excel at a lot of things, I believe that my son is gifted and wanted to give him the attention that needs and nurture his gifts. Please give me some advice to assure that he will consistently develop in a fast phase . His name is Seth Elric Caoili and he's got few short videos in youtube if you like to check it out. Thanks.


Dominic 16 months ago

Hello to you. My name is Dominic. I am a seventeen year old unlike the people who posted here on your blog. I was also looking into the topic of Giftedness and was wondering if Gifted children or teens can underachieve in such a way that their giftedness will be masked or hidden. I was also wondering if emotional issues can also hinder their potential that much. Your answers will be most helpful. Thank you.

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