For parents

I’m new to parenting gifted children

You think your child(ren) may be gifted, or you just found out he/she is. This is an exciting time. Maybe you’re feeling scared or you don’t know what to expect. You’re welcome here to share experiences with us or with fellow visitors. Also, we’re writing blogs for you with more information, and you’ll be able to learn more about the 7 challenges of the gifted child. Please let us know if there’s anything we can do for you!

Emily’s story

“My daughter, Olivia, just turned six. Ever since she was a baby, she has been different than her big brother David, who is nine years old. Olivia was reading a year before her age peers were and has always asked me questions about what the meaning of life is, for instance. I recently started learning more about giftedness and am very curious to find out more. I recognize a lot of it in Olivia, and there are also things I relate to David. Through Take on Talents I hope to learn more about how to deal with my wonderful daughter: is she gifted, and if so: what can I do to make her te best version of herself?”

I have (some) experience parenting gifted children

You know your child(ren) is/are gifted. But you are always eager to learn more about giftedness and how to help you child to become the best version of him/herself. You’re welcome here to share experiences with us or with fellow visitors. Also, we’re writing blog posts for you with more information, and you’ll be able to learn more about the 7 challenges of the gifted child.
Please let us know if there’s anything we can do for you!

Colins story

“I am father of three children. Caleb, 14; Aaron, 12 and Lily, 9. All three of them were tested and found to be gifted. When I first learned about this, I was shocked. My wife and I had never considered this was possible; we aren’t that intelligent, are we? Caleb was 9 when we found out. We kept on having trouble in class: he wasn’t interested in learning in school, but at home he could tell me more then I ever knew about the galaxy. We’re working closely with the gifted coordinator in school now, but it isn’t always easy. I’m keeping up with Take on Talents to make sure I don’t miss any vital information.”

What does Take on Talents do?

We’re trying to make the world a bit better for gifted children. We do that through coaching, our e-course for parents, the book ‘the 7 challenges of the gifted child’ and much more.

Can we meet in real life?

Yes we can, however we work as nomads and are therefore not in one place all the time. Feel free to contact us to find out whether we can arrange a meeting.

In which states are you working?

We work throughout the United States and don’t exclude any areas.

Who are the people behind Take on Talents?

You can read more about us at the ‘about us’ section.

Where are you based?

We are nomads and therefore don’t have one specific office in the United States. Our headquarters are in the Netherlands, in the wonderful city of Amsterdam.

Why did you start Take on Talents?

Because we want to make the world a bit nicer for gifted children who face the challenges of their intelligence. We are gifted and had quite some difficulties when we were younger.

What is giftedness?

The National Association of Gifted Children states: “Gifted individuals are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude (defined as an exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence (documented performance or achievement in top 10 percent or rarer) in one or more domains. Domains include any structured area of activity with its own symbol system (e.g., mathematics, music, language) and/or set of sensorimotor skills (e.g., painting, dance, sports).”

How do I recognize whether my child is gifted?

Some people say it is as easy as ‘looking at the child and you know it’. You as a parent are often finding this confusing. Therefore there is a list of signs of giftedness. Do you recognize your child in these? There might be a chance your child is gifted.

 

  1. Learns rapidly, easily, and efficiently
  2. Has exceptionally large vocabulary for their age
  3. Demonstrates unusual reasoning power
  4. Has an unusually strong memory, but is bored with memorization and recitation
  5. Needs little outside control — applies self discipline
  6. Has a liking for structure, order, and consistency
  7. Is flexible in thinking patterns; makes unusual associations between remote ideas
  8. Displays a great curiosity about objects, situations, or events; asks provocative questions
  9. Makes good grades in most subjects
  10. Has a power of concentration, an intense attention that excludes all else
  11. Provides very alert, rapid answers to questions
  12. Is resourceful, solving problems by ingenious methods
  13. Has avid interest in science or literature
  14. Reveals originality in oral and written expression
  15. Has a power of abstraction, conceptualization and synthesis
  16. Is secure emotionally
  17. Tends to dominate peers or situations
  18. Uses a lot of commonsense
  19. Displays a willingness to accept complexity
  20. Is perceptually open to his or her environment