When choosing a therapist to help a gifted child, teen, or adult, it’s important that the therapist have a solid understanding of what it means to be gifted.
Giftedness is present at birth, just as intellectual developmental disorders (IDD; formerly called mental retardation in the medical literature) are! Both conditions, after all, are on the “tails” of the normal probability curve.
If you or a loved one were delayed or limited in intellectual development and you were seeking professional help, you’d want that professional to be knowledgeable about IDDs, right? The same applies to those who are gifted. *
* Disclaimer: Unlike “IDD” at one end of the spectrum, there is no officially-sanctioned term for the phenomenon of giftedness, which is at the other end. Unfortunately, the term “gifted” is rather vague, and so it’s been twisted and co-opted to become associated with all kinds of less-than-desirable notions. People have been trying for decades to come up with a descriptive term that doesn’t create so much discomfort or rancor, but so far nothing has stuck, and I suspect that this is the term we’re going to have to live with for the foreseeable future.
Some topics of interest in “Giftedland”:
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