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Gifted individuals are those with innate high abilities, along with particular personal qualities, that can be seen in one or more domains - intellectual, creative, cultural, social, spiritual or physical. Giftedness can be nurtured which may result in outstanding achievements, in and out of school. It can also co-exist with other neurodiversities like ASD, ADHD and dyslexia.

How do gifted kids describe their own experience?

How do I know if my child is gifted?

Should we get onto this early?

Who can I talk to about it?

How do gifted kids describe their own experience?

Hear from our MindPlus kids about what giftedness means to them, the challenges they face and how you can support them to reach their potential and thrive -- wherever they live and whatever their background.

 
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How do I know my child is gifted?

  • High interest in their surroundings from very early days

  • Asking a lot of unusual questions

  • Early and advanced use of language or languages

  • Early reading and/or writing, often self-taught or with very little instruction

  • Strong and detailed memory, especially in areas of interest

  • Strong concentration, when interested, for long periods of time

  • Grasping complex ideas quickly, with a keen desire to learn more

  • A ‘quirky’ or unusually keen sense  of humour

  • Strong emotions that may be difficult to regulate

  • A sense of difference from same-age peers

 

Should we get onto this early?

Being neurodiverse is a lifelong journey: our kids are born with brains wired to see and experience the world differently, and they will continue to grow and develop their different brains throughout their lives.

At NZCGE, we encourage parents to recognise and seek support for their child’s gifts as early as they see them - and that can be as young as 12-18 months. Girls in particular show their gifts early. Parents can begin to offer their young children stimulating opportunities to explore their world and, when they are ready, to enter into a pre-school learning environment designed for them like MindPlus PreSchool.

 

Growing up with a sense of being understood, with an identity as gifted, helps our tamariki to go on to explore and extend their gifts at school and outside it, rather than to hide them or feel confused by them, which often leads to significant distress.

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Who can I talk to about it?

Gifted children are all very different, and may not have been - or felt - able to express their gifts fully, particularly if their brains are different in other ways (for instance if they have ASD, ADHD, dyslexia etc).  

 

They may also have to work hard to fit into an environment that doesn’t support their gender, cultural, socio-economic or other differences. Trust your instincts - the Gifted Development Center in the US has found that 85% of parents are right about their child’s giftedness.

If you’d like to discuss your child with us, you can contact or book in a time to speak with Madelaine Armstrong Willcocks, our Head of Programmes.

You can also explore more resources on the Ministry of Education’s website here. If you are after a formal confirmation (which you don’t need for MindPlus), there are a number of psychologists or other professionals around New Zealand who do assessments. 

 

Understanding intensity

Yes, gifted kids are intense! Gifted people really do react quickly, more strongly and for longer than neurotypical people to different types of stimuli, whether they be:

  • Intellectual   (of the mind)

  • Sensory   (of the senses)

  • Imagination

  • Psychomotor  (of the body)

  • Emotional  (of feelings)

   

Find out your top intensity in our super-quick online questionnaire! 
 

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Common Myths About Gifted Kids

Myth

Gifted kids achieve exceptionally high in everything.

 

Fact

Gifted kids can develop different skills at different times - some areas can be underdeveloped.

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