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Supporting Gifted Children During Covid-19 & Other Crisis

By Developmental Stage

During times of crisis, such as dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, children of all ages needs lots of love and attention from their parents. Parents can also support their children by keeping as many familiar routines as possible, creating new routines where necessary for structure and comfort, and helping children talk about their feelings.

Parents should refer to these tables to assist in identifying behaviors, a typical child’s reactions to crisis, and age-appropriate strategies. Keep in mind that many gifted exhibit asynchrony, meaning they may be developmentally farther ahead or, in some situations, lagging behind their age mates. This chart was compiled on average child’s behavior and/or reactions. Parents should adapt based on their own gifted child’s development.


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