Gifted children are brilliant, curious, and keep us on our toes, and they also have different needs that can be challenging to always see or understand clearly. Let us help you hold and navigate the complexities that come with raising a gifted child.
While we take a strengths-based approach in celebrating your child's bright abilities and silly quirks, we also live in the reality that being gifted is a learning need, not a privilege. The sobering truth is that while our children are highly gifted in certain areas like academics and cognitive abilities, they may also struggle in their social and emotional abilities, which can negatively impact their mental health.
Research has found that highly gifted children may be vulnerable to social and emotional disturbances like:
As a result of their superior intelligence and the heightened awareness of self and world it brings, gifted children become highly aware of adversity very early on, and are consequently more prone to stress than their peers, and at an earlier age (The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented).
By working with children earlier in life, they can find their community. Research shows that gifted kids and parents just need kids and parents like them that are walking through this together. We follow Dabrowski's model of overexcitabilities in our work with gifted children and honor and hold the challenges that come with the asynchronous development of their intellectual and emotional abilities. Parenting a gifted child can be a lonely experience – let us walk alongside you in this journey!
While several of our clinicians are trained to support gifted and talented (GT) and twice-exceptional (2e) children, we want you to have choices in mental health providers when it comes to navigating the challenges that come with parenting gifted children. Below is a directory of other therapists who work with gifted children as well as a link to helpful resources from SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted).
Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted
Therapist Referral List
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