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Hoagies' Blog Hop: Ages & Stages of Giftedness

Ages and Stages of Giftedness. Giftedness looks unique across the lifespan, yet most of what you find on the subject addresses the K-12 school years. But are we any less gifted as toddlers? As adults? As parents? As senior citizens? Giftedness affects every part of our human development. Join us to explore those ages and stages!

Don't miss our previous Blog Hops, including Anxiety and Gifted Self-Care.  Also visit Hoagies' Gifted Online Communities...

If you'd like to read all our past Blog Hops or join our next Blog Hop, visit Blog Hops for our past and future topics.  Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!

What Age Does Giftedness Begin? by Adventures of Hahn Academy
Once you understand what is considered “normal” or “typical” development, it becomes easier to identify a gifted baby, toddler, or child as they will be hitting the developmental milestones faster or sooner. In addition, many gifted children are asynchronous which means...
I See You, Poppy Parent {Recognizing Giftedness in Others} by Catie, My Little Poppies
I know you can’t keep a kid like that in books. They read them as if they need them for survival, as if books were oxygen. Do the librarians know your name? Do you bring a laundry basket to the library twice a week, too?

I can see the intensity in his eyes. His emotions are almost palpable, aren’t they? Is he a perfectionist, too? Does he embarrass you in public with his volume, his energy, the tantrums that he has yet to outgrow? ...
The Gifted Journey: In Two Recurring Phases by Gift-Ed Connections
I took this opportunity to share a bit about my work with gifted students as well as my interest in Dabrowski's Theory of Positive Disintegration and how I was using the Virtues Project as a means of introducing students to the idea of understanding that they have the power to define their character through consciously cultivating the virtues that they value. After my very quick description of TPD, Dr. Popov wondered whether the theory could be reduced to two stages, a question that has had me pondering ever since. The first stage is...
An Orange in the Apple Barrel by Aurora Remember
Last month I got married, and shared why I wore orange to my wedding. The expression “she’s not a smaller apple, she’s an orange,” became my motto for many years. It helped me to understand why I didn’t fit the traditional school mold even though I would later be identified as gifted (in hindsight I was probably what they would call “twice exceptional” with unidentified auditory processing and attention issues).

I embraced my orangeness in an apple world...
Why do smart women forego success? by Gail Post in Gifted Challenges
Gifted girls show exceptional promise, typically surpassing boys on most measures of success. Their language, attention and fine motor skills are often 1  1/2 years ahead when they enter school, and their social maturity and  relational skills help them thrive in most academic settings. Confident in their  abilities, they excel throughout school, receiving higher grades on average than boys. They are also more likely to graduate from high school, college or  graduate school.

Despite their relative successes, many bright, talented women no longer  maintain their confident youthful enthusiasm...
How to Help Smart and Confused Kindergartners: With Comics! by Wenda Sheard, J.D. Ph.D. Thoughts on Life and Learning
I hope you learn as much from discussing these comics with your children as I learned recently while discussing the comics with my favorite kindergartner.

The Squishing
Kindergartners everywhere begin school with high expectations for learning. Unfortunately, some who burst at the seams with curiosity and knowledge soon feel that good behavior counts more than good learning in kindergarten....
Uncharted Territory: Early Milestones and Educational Planning by The Fissure
The needs of children with all learning differences must be taken seriously. Just as we must provide an environment in which children with disabilities can learn, we need better access to information about preventing typical problems faced by young children with advanced development. Twice-exceptional children have both advanced development and an area of disability, and they suffer when either area is overlooked.

From a parenting perspective, whether a child is exhibiting advanced development or developmental delays, identifying and supporting a child’s unique strengths is critical for self-esteem and motivation...
Sidetracked by Dabrowski by Lisa Rivero
“[T]here are people, not few in number, in whom, besides the schematically described cycle of life, there arises a sort of ‘sidetrack,’ which after some time may become the ‘main track.’” ~ Kazimierz Dabrowski, Personality-Shaping Through Positive Disintegration

The "sidetrack" in the above quotation is the path of personal development, the drive to diverge from the road laid out before us by biology and society, and the creating of ourselves anew, into the person we know we should be...
Young Gifted Children--Reflections From Parenting by Colleen on Raising Lifelong Learners
There were so many things that stand out to me when I think back on having my first baby boy – him locking his eyes on mine as he nursed moments after his birth, holding his head up to see what was going on at just a week or two old, staying up anytime someone else was awake just so he wouldn’t miss anything, understanding and following simple directions by 6 months old.

And never, ever sleeping. To. This. Day...
The Magic Years by Linda Wallin, Living with Geniuses
In what areas do gifted children show their exceptionality? The areas that I assessed as a teacher were fine and gross motor, receptive and expressive language, social skills, readiness in math and language, and self-help. The newest definition of giftedness is asynchronous development, and it can be exaggerated at this age in gifted children. It is not unnatural to have a child that can read phonetically spelled words but not put shoes on....
The Pressure to be Super Smart at all Times by Paula Prober, Your Rainforest Mind
You probably feel PRESSURE.

Pressure to: live up to the label, always get the best grades, know everything before you learn it, be the winner, always do your best, find all learning to be easy, not disappoint anyone, do the right thing, always be kind, solve all problems, know all the answers first, attend an elite university, win a Nobel prize, be clever and funny, make no mistakes (be perfect), never fail (did I mention, be perfect?), save the world...
Different Stages of Giftedness In Young Children by Elgarmummy
Does your baby stare at everything intensely? Does your toddler complete jigsaw puzzles meant for older children? Does your preschooler read every sign and ask ‘why’ all the time? Does your kindergartner multiply in his head? Check out some of the characteristics of giftedness in young children at different stages...

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Updated December 01, 2020

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