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9 Challenges Facing Gifted Children (and How You Can Help!)

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Friendship Issues


One of the potentially most difficult aspects of giftedness is having trouble making or keeping friends. Gifted children may appear to be socially mature and well adjusted, but might feel lonely or sad about problems with peers. Your child may feel that she has little in common with her classmates or may have trouble initiating play or joining groups. Or, she might make friends easily but later be perceived as a "show-off" or have different expectations for the friendship than her peers because of her intellectual depth and emotional sensitivity.

The most highly gifted children tend to have the most difficulty with friendships. It's important to help kids with the greatest social/emotional difficulties as early as possible, with the help of a school counselor or an outside therapist. Social difficulties can increase with age.

Tip: Help your child by arranging play dates with children with similar interests and level of intellect. Ask your child's teacher for help in identifying other gifted kids in your child's school (not only in her classroom). Explore opportunities like science clubs and writing workshops where your child might meet bright peers.

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