New York Times: DEALING WITH PROBLEMS OF SOME GIFTED CHILDREN
By Associated Press
“Nine parents of intellectually gifted children gathered here recently in a basement room, and when they spoke of their children on that raw autumn night, they did not brag.
A 9-year-old boy, with abilities three to four years ahead of his classmates, had been disruptive in class. A 17-year- old girl, attractive but shunned because of her intelligence, was yearning for a date before college. A 16-year-old girl was letting her grades slide and becoming depressed.
The parents in the room had seen the disturbing side of being intellectually gifted. Researchers and counselors are also taking a closer look at America’s estimated 2.5 million gifted children. In many they see depression, destructive perfectionism and u n d e r a c h i e v e m e n t . Problems Born of Talents
”The prevailing myth has been these kids don’t need special help, they can make it on their own,” said Jim Webb, professor and assistant dean for special program development in the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University in Dayton.”
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