Is My Child Gifted? Steppingstone Provides the Answers
February 18, 2014
Does your child have an amazing memory? Is he extremely passionate about his interests? Was she especially curious and alert as a baby? Is your child frequently bored or “in trouble” at school? If you are nodding your head to these questions, you may wish to attend an upcoming free parent support seminar entitled, “Is My Child Gifted?” at SteppingstoneSchool in Farmington Hills.
Featuring psychologist Pat LaPat, a panel of four experts and parents will examine and discuss the behavioral characteristics of the gifted. Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions of the panel. Who should attend this free event? Parents and educators interested in learning more about the behavioral characteristics of the gifted and how their humor, play, speed of learning and learning style differs from the typical student.
According to Kiyo A. Morse, one of the seminar panelists and Head of Steppingstone School for Gifted Education, “The first step is for you, who know your child best, to use a checklist of the traits of a gifted child to help you determine whether your child is potentially gifted”.
The behavioral characteristics of a gifted child include the following:
- Unusually alert as babies
- Wants to do things independently
- Can learn by observation
- Very passionate about any area of interest
- Can sustain interest in specific areas for long periods of time
- Understands complex ideas
- Keen sense of observation
- Great sense of humor, sometimes when still a baby
- Wants to hang out with older children and adults
- Extraordinary memory – retains great amounts of information and for long periods of time
- Likes to be “perfect”
- Seems more emotional than other children or sensitive in other ways
If you believe your child may be gifted, next steps include evaluation of your child through observation and IQ testing. Morse adds, “Giftedness speaks to the potential for high performance – over and above the norm. However, it involves more than just cognitive and academic learning; it also involves social and emotional aspects that must be addressed but which are often overlooked. Every child deserves a satisfying and challenging learning experience”.
Is My Child Gifted?
When: 7:00 p.m., Thursday February 27, 2014
Where: Son Room at SteppingstoneSchool for Gifted Education.
Address: 30250 Grand River Avenue, Farmington Hills, MI48336
Please RSVP via www.eventbrite.com, under the event name “Is My Child Gifted”, or call (248) 957-8200.
About Steppingstone School for Gifted Education
Founded in 1981, Steppingstone School for Gifted Education serves as an independent educational institution for gifted students in grades K-8. Believing every child deserves a satisfying and challenging education, Steppingstone’s Head of School, Kiyo A. Morse, opened the school as a means to help families in need of a scholastic program specialized for rapid learners to unlock the gifts and the joys of education often trapped by a traditional school system.
Steppingstone School for Gifted Education
30250 Grand River Avenue
Farmington Hills, MI 48336