To speak of giftedness as a disability seems counterintuitive. This is a great article that shows how giftedness is a double edge sword. Quantitatively, giftedness is rather easy to define. A child is considered gifted with an IQ at or around 130—about 30 points higher than those of us with average brains. A gifted student might be so paralyzed by her own perfectionism, say, that she refuses to hand in any assignments. For these “twice exceptional” children, emotional intensity is the evil twin of high intelligence.The separation of the gifted may seem unfair and discriminatory; parents of “regular” kids often wonder why resources and special classrooms are devoted to gifted students. Gifted boys tend to act out much more often than gifted girls. Young males tend to combat their boredom by disrupting the class.Gifted girls, however, are more likely to turn inward. Their silent brooding may be interpreted as nothing more than feminine coquettishness, and their giftedness may be overlooked.
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