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Is your child a gifted one?
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
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.
“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'?