One of my most recent commenters is Gifted Children Examiner of Examiner.com, Suki Wessling, who wrote a very informative article called An interview with therapist for the gifted: Mika Gustavson.
I appreciate Ms Wessling posting the interview and I REALLY appreciate Ms. Gustavson’s acknowledgment of the challenges encountered by parents with gifted children. I can readily attest to the validity of this statement:
…since many traits of giftedness are inherited, gifted parents are contending with some of the same challenges their children are — sensory issues, feeling different from their peers, high degrees of emotional sensitivity to name a few common ones — and therefore are going to have an additional layer of work in order to reach their kids.
Ain’t THAT the truth!
My sensory sensitivity is noise. My highly emotional, gifted middle daughter’s unique cries/wails were at the same pitch and decibel level that I found intolerable.
And her confirmation of something I’ve already discovered is very reassuring:
Giftedness is a total neurological package — it impacts much, much more than just academic functioning or special abilities. The brain that produces those special aptitudes often comes with high-intensity emotions, sensory sensitivity, language or communication challenges or significant learning differences.
I have long since suspected I would do well finding a therapist specializing in gifted issues, but, well, as life would have it (or rather as my “I can do it better myself” attitude, or my penchant for procrastination, or my skepticism that I’d find the appropriate therapist in this area would have it), I never found one. It was on my to-do list if things didn’t improve with middle daughter. Still, it makes me very pleased to know that we’ve been on the right track and it really makes me feel good about how far middle daughter and I have come.