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Difficulties Faced by Gifted Children

Gifted children may have it easy, academically speaking, but they typically have difficulties as well.  A brief overview of these typical difficulties is as follows:

*Lacking sufficient academic challenges and opportunities

*Health challenges (i.e., allergies, asthma, and other medical concerns)

*Underdevelopment of musculature

*Displays of argumentative or manipulative behaviors as the children seek to get their own way

*Introversion and social maladjustment

*Perfectionism, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, fear of failure, increased worrying in general, and reduced risk-taking behavior

*Emotional development that does not keep pace with the rapidly growing intellectual development (note: for most of us, our emotional and intellectual development roughly parallel each other, but when intellectual development occurs as rapidly as it does in gifted children, the still normal emotional development then is asynchronous)

Wise parents, educators, nannies, and childcare workers will assess the gifted children for whom they are responsible, enhancing their opportunities and mitigating their difficulties.

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