Kite Kid Mama

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“Shut up.” “You’re annoying.” “I’m going to kick your butt.”

Kindergarten through the first half of third grade were difficult for my son socially. He was often bullied & excluded, but I couldn’t figure out why. (As it turned out, he’s “gifted” – a term that sounds like rainbows & unicorns.)

The search terms I had typed into Google between ages five and eight only produced stories about ADHD & alcoholic parents; nothing about the G word, as I call it.

Despite watching & hearing about my son’s struggles, his teachers didn’t suspect giftedness, either. (To be clear, I don’t blame them. General education teachers aren’t taught about the G word – & because of that, they often struggle as well.)

There were knowledge gaps in the pediatric world, too. My son’s pediatrician never mentioned giftedness as a possibility, even though, as it turns out, she has a gifted child of her own. In addition, a play therapist thought there was a strong possibility that he had Asperger’s.

Once my son was fully evaluated, & we were told he’s “highly gifted,” I began learning about this type of brain wiring – & I realized clear indicators were there all along. To be honest, it angered me. Three years of ostracism. Of having his bike repeatedly taken from him. Of being mocked after every game by a soccer teammate. Of not getting party invitations from “friends.”

And then, at age 7, watching him start to give up socially & regress emotionally. I began to worry about drugs or suicide eventually becoming an escape for him.

To add insult to injury, I was told on several occasions that we discovered his "giftedness" early. (Um, seriously?)

It was wrong on so many levels; especially considering the real traits of giftedness were discovered decades ago! As the realization of all of this hit me, I decided I was going to make it my life’s mission (in a nice way) to change the narrative for other families with “gifted” kids. That educators, pediatric clinicians, and parents of “bright and quirky” kids would:

  • know the real traits of giftedness
  • understand why these kids perceive – and react to – the world differently
  • realize why they’re sometimes misdiagnosed
  • be aware that some kids are twice-exceptional (gifted + a disability) or even multi-exceptional

Shattering myths & increasing awareness on this level is a monumental undertaking, to say the least. I’m up for the challenge, though. And my background as a communications consultant, who specializes in healthcare and higher education, has armed me with the skills and insights to do it.

If you’d like to support this effort, please donate, so I can make this vision a reality.

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