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Hoagies' Blog Hop: Special Populations

Special Populations in Gifted Education. 2e Gifted. LGBTQ Gifted. Late Blooming Gifted. Learn more about these special gifted populations! Gifted is a severe minority population, consisting of between 2.5% and 10% of the population, depending on which definition you subscribe to. Gifted individuals are often marginalized, said to "have too much" or to "need nothing."

But what if your child (or you) are a minority of a minority, a twice exceptional gifted child, a gifted late bloomer, or a gifted LGBTQ individual? Each of these is a marginalized population, and minor subset of an already marginalized minority population. 

How can we help?

Don't miss our previous Blog Hops on related topics, including Blog Hop: 2e Kids, and Blog Hop: Ages & Stages Redux.

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

Parenting A Gifted Child Questioning Sexual and Gender Identity by a Proud LGBTQ Ally and Parent at The Grayson School
My child grew up asking for Lego, trains, Barbie, crafts and basketball. My child’s interests ran the gambit: from Math and Coding to English and the Arts. I did not want to risk stifling creativity and achievement by implanting traditional heterosexual gender role identities. I made it a habit to choose two female, two male and female/male parents as often as choosing male/female parents whenever the opportunity arose in play. But when my child always chose male/female parents, I figured that was where we were headed. I might have been wrong...
Gifted and LGBTQ+ in Education: When Worlds Collide by Krystle DiCristofalo in My Ivy Education
When it comes to students who are also marginalized in other ways, it becomes doubly important for educators to make sure that we extend a helping hand to each child, by recognizing the specific needs of the subgroups we serve. Specifically, today's post reflects on supporting LGBTQ+ youth in the gifted community.

In an education system in which gifted and high-achieving students are often left to their own devices, since they can 'take care of themselves,' LGBTQ+ students are particularly vulnerable. Through the intensity and introspection that often goes hand-in-hand with giftedness, many gifted students who are also LGBTQ+ come to realizations about their identities at young ages. Unfortunately, these realizations can exacerbate the feelings of isolation and difference from their same-age peers that gifted students often experience across the board...
Late Blooming Gifted Children by Gail Post in Gifted Challenges
One commonly held assumption about gifted children is that they achieve milestones well ahead of time. They scale their crib's walls before they can walk. They read at age two. They solve algebraic equations before they can tie their shoes. Astonishing reports of precocious talent set a high bar... and create the impression that all markers of giftedness emerge at an early age.

But some gifted children are late bloomers...
Twice Exceptional or Just Exceptional? Let’s Find Out by Teresa Currivan, LMFT, in Help My Children Thrive
What might we be missing when we use the term “2e” too broadly? Because the highly to profoundly gifted child has a very high risk of being missed and misdiagnosed due to many factors, it would be helpful to be more clear about what we are saying when we mean twice exceptional vs. highly to profoundly gifted. These terms overlap, and we often use them interchangeably for various reasons, but there is much room for improvement in our ability to get more specific in our understanding of our gifted children and their needs...
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!

Updated December 01, 2020

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