The NZ Association for Gifted Children

Gifted Children - Their Future - Our Challenge

Giftedness occurs naturally in children and gives no cause for claims of elitism.

Approximately five out of every hundred children can be classified as “gifted”, yet only a small number of these may be identified as such through their schooling.

Some children may become lonely because their interests do not match those of their peers. They may have difficulties at school because of their unconventional behaviour and questioning attitude. They can become distressed through frustration and boredom, or through an imbalance between their intellectual and emotional development. They may deny their intelligence and underachieve to become more acceptable to their peers. They may become disruptive in class or group situations.

We need to recognise and cater for gifted children to ensure this does not happen.

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