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2017 WCGTC Biennial World Conference

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2.7.3 Social and emotional needs of gifted children and the sixth language of love

Gifted children are complex, highly sensitive individuals who often face daunting challenges in adjusting to life. Research indicates that it is uncomfortable and sometimes painful to be statistically different from your age peers. Gifted children can develop excellent coping strategies which can be to their advantage but often disadvantage them. This presentation looks at the social and emotional needs of gifted children. The focus is on effective communication with gifted children. The gift of giving and receiving knowledge is the sixth language of love and it is important in establishing and maintaining a meaningful connection with our gifted children.

Author(s):

Lynn Berresford
lynnberresford@indigo.org.nz

New Zealand

Lynn is a director of the Indigo Assessment and Counselling Centre in Auckland NZ. She has over 30 years experience of working with children, teenagers and adults with exceptional needs. She is a dedicated and skilled advocate for Giftedness. She has given many presentations and workshops and written many articles for educators and parents. She is an advisor for the New Zealand Association for Gifted Children.

 

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