Even after this length of time, she still seems unable to separate comfortably from her mother, even with your patient guidance.
She becomes distressed and clingy and, long after her mother leaves, remains unsettled and forlorn. When she does play, you observe the child hanging back during activities, either not becoming engaged or flitting from one activity to another without becoming engrossed in any.
She does not make friends with any of the other children. She avoids drawing and painting activities and does not appear to enjoy sand play or many other activities.
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If permitted, she will accompany the adults at preschool, talking with them incessantly. Their suggestions to play with the other children go unheeded, and sometimes they almost have to be rude to get her to leave them to their other duties. In your conversations with her mother, she reports that her daughter used to dress herself independently at the age of two, but that it is a running battle most mornings to get her to cooperate with dressing now. You could be forgiven for thinking that a child such as this has delayed development.
That is certainly a possibility.
But it is also possible that the child is gifted. This chapter will describe how this pattern of behaviour can emerge with gifted children. An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.
Books on Parenting Gifted Children
During her forty-five year career, Callard-Szulgit has helped hundreds of students and their parents recover from the harmful effects of being perfectionists. In her second edition of Perfectionism and Gifted Children , Callard-Szulgit provides practical insight into perfectionism, discussing why so many gifted children are perfectionists while also providing common sense solutions to the problems this presents. This book will be helpful to families and educators of gifted students, as well as to gifted children themselves.
Appendixes list current associations and advocacy groups, Internet resources, journals and magazines that address the special needs of the gifted and talented.
Rosemary Callard-Szulgit , EdD, is an adjunct professor and the current field coordinator for gifted studies in the graduate online gifted certification program at the University at Buffalo. She directs the consulting firm Partners-for-Excellence www.
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Preface What is Perfectionism? Who Are the Gifted and Talented? Callard-Szulgit does an excellent job of differentiating between perfectionism and aspiring to excellence. It not only hurts physically and emotionally, it can interfere with relationships.