Gifted kids can have a difficult time making meaningful friendships. Overexcitability areas, temperament, social skills acquisition, a developmental mismatch and the attributes of giftedness can all impacts peer relationships to varying degrees. It is important to start with an understanding of the social/emotional attributes of giftedness. These attributes can influence both peer relationships and the overall development of the child. The table below highlights some of the emotional attributes of giftedness and the potential problems that can arise:Once you are well-grounded in understanding both the social/emotional attributes that may complicate peer relationships with gifted children, it is important to understand the impact of the areas of intensity.
Below is a list of tips that can help take your child from struggling to succeeding when it comes to understanding social dynamics:
These tips will start you on your way to teaching your child the skills they need to develop healthy peer relationships that can build a sense of connection in your child and help further develop resiliency skills.
Gifted kids can have a difficult time making friends related to their intensities and the many attributes of giftedness that potentially impacts peer relationships. Below is a list of tips that can help take your child from struggling to succeeding when it comes to understanding social dynamics:
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