You know how hard it can be for them and you know that they navigate life a little harder than other kids? Despite these children being very talented and gifted. They can face a lot of challenges that come from the social and emotional needs that they have. Having a gifted child means that you’re dealing with a child with extraordinary abilities, you just have to know how to navigate your way into those abilities, and knowing how to help him or her properly harnesses them without sacrificing their social and emotional lives.

 

What Are the Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Children?

 

Although it may seem like a gifted child has got it all, there are a lot of hidden challenges that they face daily, challenges that should not be ignored and must be taken as seriously as any other kinds of challenges.

Just like these kids are unique, their needs are just as unique as well.

And if they’re not being properly cared for, they could be suffering in silence for a very long time without even talking to anyone about it, which could make things a lot worse than they should be.

One of the main reasons why these children often suffer in silence is because they are often seen as if they have got it all, which is a huge, and dangerous misconception.

The reason it is dangerous is that people think that they don’t need any special care or treatment, which is also wrong.

The fact they are excellent in all school matters does not mean they are excellent in their personal lives, which is where they need the most help.

Let’s talk about some of the social and emotional needs that these children may have during their lifetime!

 

Self-Doubt:

 

When some of these kids are being praised and thanked all the time, it may cause them to start having some doubt, which can be character-destroying at times.

This is sometimes referred to as imposter syndrome, which is when they start to doubt whether they are as great as people say they are, or if they’re just faking it.

Let alone the fact it puts a lot of pressure on them. The kid may feel like he or she doesn’t deserve all the praising they get, and they may feel like they’re not putting in much effort.

Over time, this self-doubt can turn into something more toxic and dangerous.

As some cases have shown that these kids have experienced some degree of breakdown after a while, which is why they need only to be praised and recognized, they need to be encouraged and loved.

 

Relationships with Friends:

What Are the Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Children

This is more of a stereotypical nerd, but it doesn’t make it any less true. Gifted children often find it hard to communicate with kids their own age. This could be the outcome of a lot of reasons.

For one, they don’t relate to all the hardships and difficulties of other children, which the latter uses to alienate them because they seem them as “smarter” than them, thus translated into more “privileged”, which is another misconception.

Your kid is different from the rest of his or her classmates, that’s true. And you shouldn’t deny it as doing so won’t solve any problems.

In fact, you should embrace your child’s difference and use it as a way to improve their lives, especially when it comes to helping them form new, and lasting friendships.

If you talk to your kid about how different he or she is, it will become easy for them to embrace it, and use it as a way to celebrate who they are.

Not only that, but they will start to understand why and how people view them, which allows them to find new ways of forming new friendships and relationships.

After all, your kids can only excel in so many fields.

They can use this as a way to make friends. For example, your kid can teach his friends math, and in return, he or she will learn sports, physics, or arts from his or her friends.

Doing this will allow everyone to feel special and needed.

 

Verbal Communication:

 

Verbal communication is among the most common problems faced by gifted children as they find it a bit difficult to translate every idea they have into common language.

This is due to the fact most of their ideas are too complex and may require a trained ear to understand them.

This is the main reason why a lot of gifted kids find trouble putting their ideas into words, which sometimes leads to hesitation, or even stuttering when talking.

One way to help solve this problem for them is by explaining to them that it is perfectly okay for them to have a few pauses while talking until they sort out their ideas.

If your kid is not very good at communicating verbally, then maybe you should introduce them to different ways of communication, something that oftentimes helps shed light on some hidden talents that they may have.

Your job is to find out which way does your child communicates in best, find that way, and enforce it by encouraging them to use more often, and by doing your homework and learning how to understand it.

In many cases, a child likes to share his or her ideas through writing, or drawings in some cases, whatever their favorite way of communication is, learn how to interpret it.

Not just that, you’ll also need to provide them with the necessary material that they need in order to communicate properly with you and other people.

If they like to write, provide them with a notebook and a pen. If they like to draw, get them some paint, a few brushes, and a blank sheet to express themselves on.

 

Conclusion:

 

Gifted children aren’t children who have it all, and they need our help and affection more than most, which is why you need to take all the necessary steps to ensure them a happy and healthy life.

We hope that this article has shown you all that you need to know in order to properly raise your gifted child!

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