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Growing Up Gifted Is Not Easy

High Ability/Gifted Adults: Growing Up Gifted Is Not Easy
By Elaine Aron, PhD

“This piece was inspired by an article in The New Yorker titled “Prairie Fire,” about the suicide of a gifted early-adolescent boy. His death came as a complete surprise to everyone who knew him.

His parents came home one day and found he had killed himself. There was no note, no advance indication–in fact, that very day the boy had been full of plans for his future.

I read this story even more closely because Linda Silverman was mentioned as having known the boy well and was working with the parents to develop his extraordinary talents.

Linda Silverman ran the conference on giftedness at which I was the keynote speaker a few years ago, so I was especially sorry to think of the impact this would have on her as well–she doing a great service helping parents with gifted children now that most schools have dropped their programs for these children.”

Read the full article here: High Ability/Gifted Adults: Growing Up Gifted Is Not Easy

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