Social/Emotional – The Misunderstood Face of Giftedness

I received an email from Marianne Kuzujanakis MD MPH, the Director of SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted). I’m a national facilitator and trainer with SENG. Marianne wrote:

Another SENG-related article is in the mainstream media. Huffington Post. This article is about misdiagnosis and dual diagnosis and the need for increased awareness. I am giving free and full permission to repost or reprint in any gifted-related newsletter or website. The more attention this receives, the more the media will take notice of the complex needs of gifted individuals and the parallels with special needs. Thank you for all you do for gifted!

The article is “The Misunderstood Face of Giftedness”.

I believe it’s important that parents and educators not pathologize gifted children’s actions and feelings when it may just be typical giftedness. The better we can learn to understand the child, the better we will be able to determine which of their behaviors require interventions and which behaviors simply require understanding and acceptance.  We need to normalize giftedness whenever we can, and label children with a medical diagnosis only when it is warranted.

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