Tips for Teachers and Parents
1. Learn to detect or diagnose gifted children's asynchronous development in various areas. Knowing where the child's level is at in the major areas (physical, social, emotional, mental, etc.) will help to address the right issues at the right time. Such knowledge will help in developing the gifted child's individualized education plans.
2. Allow gifted children to grow and to develop based on their appropriate developmental levels. An academically advanced six year old, for example, will not be completely satisfied if he or she is merely given 1st grade school work. But, at the same time, it will not be fair to expect this six year old who's advanced 3 or 4 years in his or her literacy and numeracy skills, to behave like a 9 or 10 year old.
3. Be creative in managing gifted children's asynchronous development. Realize that the child's needs may not be met from just a limited source or in a certain kind of way. Parents and teachers need to be aware of different ways to come up with ideas and education plans that will address needs creatively. For example, a child may need to practice handwriting and fine motor skills in order to catch up with his or her intellectual abilities. Try to think of different ways you can help this child to do this without "pushing" too much. Activities like play, cooking, music, and the like may be good to incorporate into his or her developmental program.
4. Seek the help of professionals when necessary. Teaching and raising gifted children can be both a pleasure and a challenge. But, you don't have to do it by yourself. If you need guidance in managing a child's asynchronous development, talk to the appropriate professionals about it. Some people you might need to consult include, occupational therapists, educational psychologists, counselors, and speech therapists, among others.
It is very important that all parties involved in a gifted child's life, especially having these characteristics, come together as a team to create the best learning environment possible.