When it comes to solving a new puzzle, playing a game, or doing homework, does your child do any of the following:
- Throw a fit
- Become frustrated
- Cry easily
- Seem disinterested
- Become angry
- Show effort and perseverance
- Take pleasure or pride in his success
- Express an eagerness to learn
- Appropriately express frustration
Would it surprise you to know that these two sets of behaviors can be symptoms of both giftedness and disability? That’s right. A child who is classified as “gifted” can face challenges that lead to behavior problems, and a child who struggles with learning disabilities can exhibit similar behavior.
Parents are always curious about their child’s intellectual capabilities and development. Is my child average? Below average? Gifted? Does she have a learning disability? And, regardless of where their child is, developmentally, they want reassurance that they are doing everything they can to encourage advancement. Thus, all the extracurricular classes.
Given the choice, most every parent would wish for a curious, bright, socially well-adjusted child. That isn’t always the hand you’re dealt, but you can make a difference in how the hand’s played. No matter how old your child is, no matter where he is on the road of cognitive development, you can still make significant strides in ensuring his intellectual strength.
From Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy Children by Jennifer Trachtenberg.Find out more about this book: Good Kids, Bad Habits: The RealAge Guide to Raising Healthy ChildrenWhen it comes to solving a new puzzle, playing a game, or doing homework, does your child do any of the following: Throw a fit Whine Procrastinate Become frustrated Cry easily Seem disinterested Become angry Or does he: Show effort and... More