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This forum...what a great find

I'm so pleased to have found this site and forum. I'm a mum of 3, my eldest daughter is 4, my son is just about 3 and my youngest daughter is just 4 months-a busy household!! I am reasonably convinced that my 4 year old is gifted, though it's taken me a while to know this with clarity. Her developmental milestones have been amazing; recognising her name at 13 months in different contexts, 6 word clear sentences at 18 months, just did a dot to dot to 82 the other day. She knows and can do so many things without me teaching her directly. It's quite an isolating experience when your child is different from the norm. If she had autism I would say that to people to explain her unique characteristics but with giftedness I feel like I have to keep quiet and only emphasise the negative aspects her development. Maybe I'd be more comfortable being honest if I had an assessment to back me up on paper but probably not as there seems to be so much negativity from the general population surrounding giftedness. Anyway, nice to connect with others in the same boat.
Date: 17-April-2012 @ 2:09 pm
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Author: threebee

Re: This forum...what a great find

Hi,
I dont know if this will help or not,
I am also a mum of 3, with my eldest daughter being 6, my son five and my bab y girl 18 months... My eldest one has been tested and identified as gifted. We got her tested at 3 because she was just after the school cut off for entry into school and we wanted to get early entry. At 9 months she started walking and talking single words, by 12 months sentences... and running, counting and reading, and explaining things beyond her years.... like just after 3 she met her new family day care mum, the conversation went something like this... Carer: Hello im ....... DD: Hi, do you know what photosynthisis is? then she went on to explain it in full detail. At this point we were sure she was completely different from the norm, and the journey began...... Learning a whole new language, words like curriculum compacting, enrichment, extention came into my vocabulary, even now, 3 years later i have trouble with some of the context of conversation. Giftedness for me has felt extremely isolating, i like to talk about it but i get varied responses... thais can make me feel like i am a "pushy parent" until i step back and look at the whole picture, and how much my child needs what i am doing for her. I am a member of a few differnt forums and also go to workshops in the school holidays, there are a few support groups out there, and today i found a place that runs school hoiday camps for gifted kids. I will admit, having the piece of paper to say she IS gifted has helped, because when i have to prove this, to schools ect, i have it there, and it makes it easier to explain. Please dont be afraid to say your child is advanced/gifted, the more of us that do, the easier it will be for all us parents of these exceptional children to conect and network.... taking away the isolation.
I have just come back from my sons first parent teacher interview thisafternoon, he has not been assesed, but based on what i have just been told, im pretty sure he will be gifted as well. Good luck with your journey and i am here if you want a chat anytime. :)
Date: 19-April-2012 @ 7:01 pm
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Author: nikkim

Re: This forum...what a great find

Hi - I am also thrilled to find this forum. My 7 year old boy was assessed a year ago as being in the 99th percentile. I always suspected he was gifted - as a 2 years old he could concentrate on one task for 3 or 4 hours at a time, could do fractions at 3, etc. But it wasn't until his first prep parent teacher interview when his teacher says 'do you have Aspergers in your family' that I got him tested by someone who specialises in both fields. She said that all of his Aspergers traits were also giftedness traits. But he didn't seem bored at school and his teachers have been great about giving him harder work (though I have never disclosed his results). My only concern has ever been his happiness but it seems that most sites about giftedness are about 'how to accelerate' or 'push their genius further' etc. ButI don't feel the need to give him accelerated maths work etc as I know he is always going to be good at maths. My main concern is that he is happy and what is quickly becoming apparent is his lack of social skills in an unstructed setting. In a classroom setting he is confident, charming, whitty, etc but in the unstructured environment of the school yard he doesn't understand how to break into games, how to initiate play with other kids, how to behave appropriately, etc. I am really hoping that this forum will provide me with some direction in that area of his life! Other son, who is 4 1/2 I also suspect is gifted (can read at grade 2 level, do dot to dots into the hundreds, etc) but he seems much more socially normal!
Date: 19-April-2012 @ 11:41 pm
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Author: Naz

Re: This forum...what a great find

Thanks for your replies Nikkim and Naz. Some food for thought. My self-doubt even came out when reading about your children though. My daughter doesn't know about photosynthesis, read or do dot to dots in the hundreds!! And yet I know that in some areas she is more advanced than children in the year one class I had last year. The main difference is her amazing memory and speed of learning once shown something. I feel in a way like I have held her back because I haven't wanted her to 'know everything' by the time she starts school, I don't want to replace that joy for learning with boredom. But as a result, i think I've made her a bored vegemite at home!! My son who just turned 3 is very bright too but has lots of challenges with sensory processing. They create an amazing imaginary world together when playing at home which is a delight to see, and seem to be on each others wave length much more than other children we see (except for the one who has ASD and signs of giftedness too who they just love). My baby is hyper alert and needs constant stimulation just like the others did so in a few years to come this'll be an even more challenging and rewarding place to be. Appreciate you reading. Think the assessment may be a good idea before school next year, so that I know where I stand and have that piece of paper that allows me to better advocate for my daughter's needs. Just read '5 signs of gifted' by deborah ruf and it has been a great read for illustrating to me that my children are reaching milestones much earlier than the norm (that it's not my imagination!!). Highly recommend it to anyone who is in doubt about their own child/children.
Date: 24-April-2012 @ 2:04 pm
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Author: threebee

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