The Problems of Gifted Children & Adults
Who wouldn’t want to have a high IQ, right? Many people envy having a superior intelligence but it’s also widely misunderstood. Yes, being gifted can be a blessing, but there are aspects of giftedness that can become barriers, too. The higher someone’s intellectual capacity is, the greater the likelihood of asynchronous development – meaning their development in other aspects of life tends to be out of sync with their intellect. This can lead to some unique challenges, so here’s the scoop on the problems of gifted children and adults.
What is Gifted?
Academically talented students with an IQ of 130 or higher are considered “gifted”. This makes them eligible for gifted education, a classroom with an enriched curriculum that further stimulates their intellectual development. Some characteristics of gifted children include:
- Learning quickly
- Strong reasoning abilities
- Speaking early
- Having an advanced vocabulary for their age
- Intellectually curious and asking lots of questions
- Strong memory
- Concentrating for long periods of time
Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Gifted testing and eligibility here. (Link to Ultimate Gifted testing blog)
Are the Gifted neurodivergent?
An IQ on the high end of the spectrum is an outlier just like an IQ that is on the low end of the spectrum. Development this far outside of the norm (regardless of the direction) actually increases the likelihood of having neurodivergent traits.
Starting in childhood, gifted children often feel like they don’t quite fit in but can’t explain why.
Gifted individuals are often totally unaware they experience the world in a different way. Therefore, it can be hard to understand why other people aren’t feeling and behaving in the same way as they are. If their abilities are misunderstood or criticized, it can create challenges in social development, emotional development, and even sensory processing difficulties.