Family Conversation: Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Learners

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null On Thursday, April 11, Sneha Shah- Coltrane, Forest View Parent and State Director of Gifted Education, facilitated a family conversation on the social and emotional needs of gifted students. Please join our next family conversation with Director Shah Coltrane on Thursday, May 9th 7-8:30 in the Media Center.  We’ll discuss strategies for supporting AIG learners at home.


1. Gifted learners are multi-faceted. They need their academic and emotional/social domains addressed and cultivated.

2. Gifted children are incredibly diverse and have different needs even within the group; emotionally as well.

3. Gifted children have asynchronous “uneven” development.

4. Characteristics of gifted children may be seen as positive traits and may also be challenging aspects. Two sides! It takes coaching to help keep these traits from becoming challenges.

5. Educators and families must support our children to regulate their social/emotional world.

6. Gifted children may be prone to more serious emotional challenges over time, if not addressed.

7. Support student self-understanding at home. Intentionally develop the social/emotional domain.

  • Communicate in open and safe ways.
  • Discuss tendencies and experiences.
  • Prompt reflection for learning (and to prevent future issues).
  • Bibliotherapy, Role-play, Honesty, Habits of Mind

8. Realize your own tendencies as parents/caregivers and the role they play at home.

9. Cherish and understand your child’s academic and emotional intensity.

10. ADVOCATE! Work with the school to ensure your child’s needs are met.

–Sneha Shah-Coltrane
NCDPI Director of Gifted Education and Advanced Programs
April 2013

Selected Family Resources:

Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted
NAGC website: National Association for Gifted Children
Unwrapping the Gifted—Blog by T. Fisher


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nullRaising a Gifted Child by Carol Fertig
nullSome of My Best Friends are Books by Judith Wynn Halstead
nullEmotional Intensity in Gifted Students: Helping Kids Cope with Explosive Feelings by Christine Fonseca