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National Association of Gifted Children

Because gifted children demonstrate greater maturity in some domains over others, they may be at greater risk for specific kinds of social-emotional difficulties if their needs are not met.

These aspects may include heightened awareness, anxietyperfectionism, stress, issues with peer relationships, and concerns with identity and fit.   Parents, adults, and caregivers in their lives need to stay in tune with their specific child's needs, and help shape a strong framework for social-emotional health.  

Keep in mind:

  • A child gifted in one area does not mean gifted in all
  • Giftedness can lead to the masking and misunderstanding of problem signs
  • Not all gifted children are alike, including their own unique social-emotional profile
  • There is no single, definitive recipe for maintaining a child's emotional equilibrium
  • Parents need to model balance and set the tone to reduce stress/anxiety in the gifted child's life
  • We can teach our children strategies and provide tools for dealing with the ebb and flow of life

National Association for Gifted Children - Social & Emotional Issues

At Capitol Hill, we believe that social and emotional learning enhances students' capacity to integrate skills, attitudes and behaviors to deal effectively and ethically with daily tasks and challenges. Therefore, throughout our program we teach:

  • Self-Awareness - The ability to accurately recognize one's own emotions, thoughts and values and how they influence behavior.
  • Self-Management - The ability to successfully regulate one's emotions, thoughts and behaviors in different situations.
  • Social Awareness - The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others.
  • Relationship Skills - The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups.
  • Responsible Decision Making - The ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions.

Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)