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Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-16-2016, 12:25 AM
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Views: 2,208
Posted By Aufilia
It's been my impression that gap years are so...

It's been my impression that gap years are so much more common than they used to be. I don't think I knew anybody who took a gap year before college back when I graduated (mid-90s) but I've heard...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-16-2016, 12:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,065
Posted By Aufilia
I don't think the US and UK grades are numbered...

I don't think the US and UK grades are numbered the same. This site:
http://www.free-for-kids.com/uk-us-education-systems.shtml says that UK "Reception" is what we'd refer to in the US as "Pre...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-16-2016, 12:11 AM
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Views: 1,065
Posted By Aufilia
Too funny to see that this thread has popped up...

Too funny to see that this thread has popped up again and read my answer from almost 2 years ago as I am now thinking about whether it would be good to try to have my DD (currently 10 and in 5th...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-16-2016, 12:02 AM
Replies: 5
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Posted By Aufilia
Lots of dittos here. If your child likes to do...

Lots of dittos here. If your child likes to do academic stuff and does it on her own, that's fine, or if the classwork is SO very low-level that she's literally learning nothing, then maybe you might...
Forum: The Childhood Years   07-14-2016, 02:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,464
Posted By Aufilia
Poor kiddo! It's a big leap to go from a "little...

Poor kiddo! It's a big leap to go from a "little kids" place like preschool to a "big kids" place like elementary, where everyone is bigger than you and it sounds overwhelming. DS went had some big...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   07-13-2016, 01:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 902
Posted By Aufilia
Well, if we're talking about career success, I'd...

Well, if we're talking about career success, I'd say it's important for kids to learn how to learn; to judge ideas and people on their merits; to differentiate between facts and opinions; to...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   07-13-2016, 01:12 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,294
Posted By Aufilia
I really hate it when I see people say this. It's...

I really hate it when I see people say this. It's unsupportive at best, but worse, it's another way of putting kids in a box. "Gifted" as a term covers a wide range of abilities and personalities....
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   07-13-2016, 12:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,294
Posted By Aufilia
I know I'm months late to this thread but I...

I know I'm months late to this thread but I wanted to call out a couple things (because in my experience, people will come read threads like this well into the future anyway!).

First, it's worth...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   07-12-2016, 11:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 664
Posted By Aufilia
Some good suggestions above. I'll add our...

Some good suggestions above. I'll add our (somewhat limited) experience. My oldest is entering 5th grade so I can't comment on middle or high school, but we've done some online learning to supplement...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   03-01-2016, 09:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 908
Posted By Aufilia
If you feel like she's very much more intense and...

If you feel like she's very much more intense and much more easily overstimulated than other kids her age (which I think is the issue you're worried about, right?) then I would consider getting her...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   03-01-2016, 08:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 910
Posted By Aufilia
I'm wondering what tests your child was given to...

I'm wondering what tests your child was given to evaluate processing speed and academic levels? They're probably testing different things than the teacher is, but sometimes the way the results are...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   01-26-2016, 09:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,208
Posted By Aufilia
It's really awesome to hear that it's gone so...

It's really awesome to hear that it's gone so well for your son. I did an exchange in high school (1.5 months in a high school in China in the mid-90s--it was a real eye opener!) and it's such a...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   01-13-2016, 12:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,978
Posted By Aufilia
I think I'd start by pushing for a grade...

I think I'd start by pushing for a grade skip--however, since the school is already against it, you'll probably need a lot of data to back it up.

I don't know if the Iowa Acceleration Scale is...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   09-16-2015, 11:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,112
Posted By Aufilia
I agree so much with the PP. If she's happy...

I agree so much with the PP.

If she's happy in school but you feel like she needs challenge, extracurriculars could be where you get it. Both my kids are very happy right now doing 4-H, where...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   08-26-2015, 10:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,285
Posted By Aufilia
Does the OP have any idea what sorts of tests are...

Does the OP have any idea what sorts of tests are actually be given for the G&T program? Most of our local districts do the CoGAT (which evaluates learned problem solving ability, but not IQ...
Forum: Single Parenting   06-10-2015, 11:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 903
Posted By Aufilia
How well does she handle schedule changes and...

How well does she handle schedule changes and transitions? With one of my children, schedule changes are a nightmare, and with the other, not so bad.

VM's thoughts seem very valid, but then,...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   06-05-2015, 12:44 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,876
Posted By Aufilia
That's an overly simplistic description of what...

That's an overly simplistic description of what current research into motivations says. Too many extrinsic rewards aren't helpful; long-term rewards aren't helpful; empty praise isn't helpful;...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   06-04-2015, 07:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,876
Posted By Aufilia
I can see where you're coming from, it does...

I can see where you're coming from, it does "feel" a bit cheaty to be reading low-level texts when one could read higher ones. Is your program tracking number of books completed, or minutes of...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   05-16-2015, 10:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,219
Posted By Aufilia
Is this a program in your district or a private...

Is this a program in your district or a private school? I've never heard of a private program asking for a teacher rec... if it's in your district, have you tried appealing? There's plenty of...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   05-12-2015, 06:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,281
Posted By Aufilia
My daughter attended the special needs program...

My daughter attended the special needs program through our school district in preschool and it was nothing like that. I would pull my kid out of there ASAP and complain to anyone who would listen.
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   05-12-2015, 06:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 966
Posted By Aufilia
Congratulations!!

Congratulations!!
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   05-12-2015, 06:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 932
Posted By Aufilia
I know some people who've tried it and had great...

I know some people who've tried it and had great things to say. But we have not. DD (now 9) has had poor vision for a very long time and been to various optometrists and opththalmologists, and it's...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   05-11-2015, 08:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,522
Posted By Aufilia
I hope we are helping! If you just did the...

I hope we are helping! If you just did the instant release before I would definitely at least talk to your prescriber about the extended release. Same dose, but over more time, so more gradual. Or...
Forum: Single Parenting   05-11-2015, 04:48 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,505
Posted By Aufilia
I hope he has paid by now. I just wanted to say...

I hope he has paid by now. I just wanted to say that in our previous elementary there were many kids of Indian families and it was quite common for Indian kids to be out for ~2 weeks in November to...
Forum: Parenting the Gifted Child   05-11-2015, 04:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,522
Posted By Aufilia
That's a lot of tests! DD hasn't...

That's a lot of tests!



DD hasn't tried metadate but takes Adderall. When she was first on it, particularly the immediate release kind (not extended release), she had increased anxiety and...
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