ABZ

ABZs of Giftedness

The ABCs are the way most children learn the alphabet, but gifted kids tend to buck many traditional learning approaches. Don’t worry if your gifted child takes a different approach to learning. If he’s learning….it’s okay. The following are the ABZs of giftedness. How many of these does your child demonstrate? How many do you notice about yourself?

 

A
Autonomy
…gotta’ have it.
Analysis…..we enjoy putting the pieces together


B

Best…..often we’re the best, but rarely do we know it.

C
Creativity…
Curiosity…varied with often non-traditional interests
Complexity
Collections…from coins to leaves to crazy things like pens or tags

D
Different…from brain wiring to clothing to learning approaches
Debate…yes, mostly everything


E
Empathy
Existentialism
 ,,,worries, dreams, spirituality come wrapped up with this gift


F
Fear of Failure
…..if success is part of your identity, failure must mean…..

G
Genius…often a loaded word for most people instead only applying it to prodigies


H

High expectations…
for self and others
Honesty (sometimes to a fault)


I

Innovative
Imposter SyndromeI can’t be gifted-I make mistakes
Ideas…..all or none
Integrity
…….it’s important
Intelligence
…..it’s not really a focus; more like a way of life

 

J
Judicious
…..we analyze, weigh evidence, but sometimes have unwelcome verdicts

K
Kvtechy
….after all, the world doesn’t work the way we think it should; it’s a struggle to adjust

L
Logical……
.if it doesn’t make sense, it’s difficult to accept as correct or just

M
Mindfulness….
it helps us with our troubles and our joys

 

N
Novelty….unusual is better
Need to know…sometimes we CRAVE knowledge

O
Overexcitabilities…they make us and break us sometimes

P
Perfectionism….It’s real
Paradoxes…they’re really interesting to us

Q
Questions…
Why? How does it work?- Sometimes they never end…

 

R 
Reader
Rule Questioner….Does it fit the purpose, the person, the interest?

 

S
Sarcasm…
for good or bad…we do it
Sensory Overload…it’s real
Self-Actualizing
Self-Directed Learners…..we love learning…just maybe not what you’d like us to learn

 

T
Tact
……it’s something that we struggle with due to our honesty; not as a way to hurt others
Thinking……something we’re ALWAYS doing
Techy.……there’s so much more to learn so many of us enjoy it

U
Underachievers
we’re smarter than we demonstrate and than you realize
Unique

 

V
Visionary
 …often we know what’s going to happen long before others

 

W
Weird sense of humor
… you probably know this already

 

X
eXtra…..
we are often more….we tend to go to extremes…good and bad

Y
Yawping….
.see overexcitabilities…we get overly excited and have lots of questions and information to process

 

Z
Zany…..
it’s part of our charm and your aggravation. 

 

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