There is a bridge between potential and talent and that bridge is composed of support and encouragement.
Many parents begin to look for signs of giftedness even before their children can walk, it does appear to be human nature. The age range for gifts to become apparent extends from around six years old all the way to the late teenage years. Every child is a miracle, a unique genetic culmination of atoms and synapses and they can develop at different rates.
“About 99 percent of your body is made up of atoms of hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen and oxygen. You also contain much smaller amounts of the other elements that are essential for life… The hydrogen atoms in you were produced in the big bang, and the carbon nitrogen and oxygen atoms were made in burning stars,” according to an article titled “The particle physics of you”.
Some people are simply born with gifts, some are highly capable in one area or in several areas, including both intellectually and creatively. Recognizing that and helping children reach their full potential is an important job for parents and educators.
“Gifted children become talented when you support and encourage them to use their natural gifts to learn, concentrate and practise,” according to a website specializing in parenting.
A number of factors can influence if a gifted child’s ability can become a talent, including family values, educational opportunities, personality, motivation, health and even luck.
“Generally, by late primary school age or the teenage years, a gifted and talented child will be achieving at a very high level in one or more areas,” according to the parenting article.
Your child’s gifts can be in a number of different areas, including: academic learning, leadership, social issues, technology, the arts, the ability to make friends, business skills, and physical skills like sports or dancing.
Advanced developmental skills can be spotted in a variety of ways, including if your child naturally relates better to older children rather than children their own age, the ability to read at an early age, or even exhibiting advanced athletic ability.
While learning certain things can come easily to gifted children, they also often require support in other areas. For example, they may become easily bored with coursework if they are not properly challenged, may have difficulty relating to children their age and might have difficulty following strict rules if they excel at developing new ideas.
“Families of gifted children need to help them to understand others, manage challenges and learn life skills. Your family is a safe and secure place where your child is accepted and loved for who they are,” according to the article.