5401 22nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710

The Bean Center For Gifted Enrichment & Support

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727-222-3642

5401 22nd Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710

The Bean Center For Gifted Enrichment & Support

Call Us Today: 727-222-3642

Is My Child Gifted?

Gifted children learn, process, and perceive the world differently than their age-level peers

Is My Child Gifted? 

Gifted children learn, process, and perceive the world differently than their age-level peers

Informing yourself is the first step to enriching your child’s life

According to the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), gifted students are:

Students with gifts and talents perform – or have the capability to perform – at higher levels compared to others of the same age, experience, and environment in one or more domains. They require modification(s) to their educational experience(s) to learn and realize their potential.

The Bean Center expands on this definition to include parts of other models, such as Renzulli’s mention of creativity and commitment, and Dabrowski’s ideas that gifted people are highly attuned and sensitive. Gifted students may even struggle with executive function as a factor of their giftedness (as mentioned by the NAGC as well).

Our services are designed to nurture all parts of the gifted learner that are neglected by typical programming, so your gifted child is fully supported and ready to take on the world in their own, unique way.

Check out this great video from one of our favorites, Dr. Joe Renzulli. His view broadens the definition of giftedness and resonates with many people.

“Students with gifts and talents perform – or have the capability to perform – at higher levels compared to others of the same age, experience, and environment in one or more domains”

How are gifted students identified?

Gifted students can be identified in a variety of ways, depending on the goals of the program or process involved.

Many schools use intelligence testing and parent or teacher rating scales, which is fine, but IQ and talent are not always synonymous, and cut scores for programming can be unforgiving (for example, why is a student with a 128 not gifted but with a 130, they are?).

Traditional testing can also be limiting for twice-exceptional students, students from diverse cultures, very young children, and those who are gifted in non-academic areas.

How can I figure it out?

We recommend getting an independent test if you suspect your child is gifted. This is a great resource from the National Association for Gifted Children that may also be helpful.

In addition, if your child is high achieving when compared to age-level peers, has an area of passionate interest, is a creative thinker beyond what is typical, or has strong leadership or artistic skills, they might be gifted as well.

These things are a little harder to identify, as they can’t be quantified as easily. Having a conversation with their art teachers, classroom teachers, or other experienced professionals who work with your child, can give you some insight as to whether their abilities fall well above the norm.

Twice-exceptional, when a gifted child has a disability

Students with disabilities require appropriate intervention and support in order to access the curriculum. Gifted students with disabilities may appear as average students, in spite of what parents and teachers may see as signs of giftedness,

This is because giftedness can mask disabilities– as the gifted child grows, they develop their own strategies to address their difficulties as best they can. Likewise, the disability masks the giftedness because students may struggle in classroom environments or on tests that require skills impacted by the disability.

Yet, these are still gifted students. TBC can help you advocate for your twice-exceptional child, from input on IEPs to locating resources.

Our center welcomes these superhero students, because they need and deserve enrichment, too.

Interested in learning more?