Jacksonville gifted children with special needs benefit from Keystone services

Though not often recognized as “special needs” students, gifted children require just as much attention and educational resources to thrive in school as do other students whose physical, behavioral, emotional or learning needs require special accommodations. They may benefit from mental health services and child behavior therapy.

Keystone Behavioral Pediatrics’ process for giftedness testing involves an initial consultation with a child psychologist that includes a detailed history. Gifted testing itself can range from an hour to several hours, but it typically completed in one visit. After the tests have been scored, interpreted and written up as a customized report, a psychologist will meet with parents/caregivers to explain the results and make specific recommendations for their child.

Gifted children face risks that many other groups do not face.

They may have difficulties in relating to both themselves and others. The self-esteem of exceptionally gifted students tends to be significantly lower than the self-esteem of average students, especially when they don’t have access to other gifted children.

As a group, gifted children show more perfectionist behaviors than other groups, and this creates potential difficulties. A significant number have moderate to severe levels of depression.

Gifted children may by “’twice-exceptional,” being both gifted and having a learning disability in an area such as written expression. Most frequently, gifted children may receive diagnoses of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Asperger’s Disorder, which may be accurate in some cases but misconstrued or misinterpreted in other cases.

Keystone Behavioral Pediatrics, located on the Southside in Jacksonville, Fla., offers a number of services that can help a gifted child grow in a positive manner and embrace success through change. Make an appointment to learn more.

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