Behavioral Definitions

1. Child in the family is precocious in one or several areas of learning and displays advanced vocabulary and/or reasoning skills when compared to same-age peers.

2. Child has a strong desire to learn in areas of interest and prefers challenges and complex tasks to basic or mundane work.

3. Child displays uneven cognitive development with high ability and maturity in some areas and delayed ability or lack of maturity in others.

4. Child is granted inappropriate adult status and authority in the family, which is perceived as inappropriate by others.

5. Tendency to overestimate the child's social-emotional maturity and assume a level of sophisticated functioning that robs the child of normal childhood development.

6. Lack of positive discipline strategies to set limits and develop independent functioning in the gifted/talented child.

7. A divided parental approach to the gifted/talented child allows manipulation and triangulation of the parents to diffuse discipline and sabotage the parent/child relationship.

8. Conflict with the child's teachers over the best educational strategies to encourage the child's optimal achievement.

9. Opinions and expectations expressed or modeled about work, achievement, and lifelong learning provide poor examples for the gifted/talented child to emulate.

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