Welcome to Gifted Counseling St. Louis, a place for intelligent and creative kids. My name is Wilfred Krenn, a licensed counselor who specializes in working with gifted children. My private practice is located in St. Louis, Mo. I want to share with you a bit about why I think it's important that gifted children get specialized support.
You may not be sure if your child is gifted or what the term actually means. The National Association of Gifted Children defines giftedness as: "Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude (defined as an exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence (documented performance or achievement in top 10% or rarer) in one or more domains. Domains include any structured area of activity with its own symbol system (e.g., mathematics, music, language) and/or set of sensorimotor skills (e.g., painting, dance, sports)." I like this definition because it includes abilities outside of cognitive skills, such as sensorimotor skills. This is why I say that Gifted Counseling St. Louis is a place for intelligent AND CREATIVE kids.
Many gifted children are falling through the cracks due to emotional and developmental obstacles
Identifying gifted children can be difficult because it is often based on a teacher's subjective experience, economically valued skills like math and science, and stanftdardized testing. This means that many gifted children are falling through the cracks due to emotional and developmental obstacles. For instance a child who experiences a high degree of anxiety, but is unable to show it in front of a teacher or perform well in stressful test situations may not receive the support they need. With the proper support, such as counseling, these children have a better opportunity to live up to their true potential.
A child who experiences a high degree of anxiety, but is unable to show it in front of a teacher or perform well in stressful test situations may not receive the support they need
Gifted children have specialized needs just like children with learning disabilities; however, the resources available to them are not as readily available. This leaves the responsibility for getting proper support to the parents. If you have concerns about your child or are unsure if they are living up to their true potential don't be afraid to seek help. Please follow this blog for more information about gifted children, gifted school programs and tips for academic success.