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How can I tell if my toddler is truly gifted or just bright?

(I'm going to focus on how to help her, rather than determining if she's gifted according to an external set of criteria.) Whether your daughter is considered "gifted" according to the person/...
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What do I tell my child about her Asperger autism?

She can discern that she's different from other kids her age. She's expressing this in a way that's heartbreaking for me to even read, let alone to deal with as a parent. As hard as it is, the time ...
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How can I tell if my toddler is truly gifted or just bright?

It's most likely too early to tell. If you could tell, it would depend greatly on how she is learning the things she knows. Children's brains at that age have an extraordinary capacity for repeating ...
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How can I handle a situation with a faulty, cruel teacher that does not like me and takes it out on my child?

Aliel, this is obviously very painful for you and for your son, but I think you might be over-reacting to the situation. From what you've written above, these are some of the assumptions you seem to ...
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How can I tell if my toddler is truly gifted or just bright?

I'm not sure the difference between gifted or not is important to your actual question, which seems to be how to keep your girl learning and wanting to learn. Your primary concern, that she will be ...
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Should I start learning Braille now in preparation for teaching my blind baby how to read someday?

Welcome to the world of special needs parenting! First, to address your immediate concern, my mom learned to read braille as an adult as part of her occupational therapy assistant job to teach it to ...
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How can I tell if my toddler is truly gifted or just bright?

I was "gifted." By the second grade, I was so bored with school that my teacher thought I was learning disabled! Fortunately, my school principal was wise. She tested me, then immediately skipped ...
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How can I handle a situation with a faulty, cruel teacher that does not like me and takes it out on my child?

You are not going to get an accurate report on the day's activities in the classroom from a five year old. In fact most 13 year olds don't report accurately on what's going on. I arranged to spend two ...
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How can I tell if my toddler is truly gifted or just bright?

The widely used WAIS intelligence test has a version for children that can be taken from the age of 2 and a half; any professional psychologist should be able to administer this test. Also, if there ...
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How to make my 16-year-old stop biting?

As you have not provided much info, this answer is somewhat based on conjecture. It sounds as if your child is neuroatypical. Whatever the condition, he does not like the feeling he experiences (...
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How can I handle a situation with a faulty, cruel teacher that does not like me and takes it out on my child?

It sounds like you might be leaning toward homeschooling. If that's the case, bear in mind that you don't have wait for the end of the year. For our son, we didn't even wait out the week, let alone ...
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How can I keep my autistic kid from making an unhygienic mess?

My daughter seems to like shoving her hand down her diapers. She is a scratch fan so she just tears up her skin unless we block her with a onesie. They make them for larger kids too: www.special-need-...
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16yo works TOO MUCH?

If you can afford counseling, that might be a good idea. Be sure to find someone with experience with transgender and gay issues. It sounds to me as if your child is having anxieties due to gender ...
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How can I handle a situation with a faulty, cruel teacher that does not like me and takes it out on my child?

One thing that struck me when reading your question is whether or not the bad teacher knows that your son has a speech impediment? My younger brother has some minor physical and perception-related ...
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Is a Special Ed teacher allowed to tell regular teachers to instruct their students (6th graders) not to hug a child anymore?

This sounds very strange, so strange in fact that I think there might be some kind of misunderstanding involved. I think the only sensible thing to do is to ask for a meeting with her and confront ...
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How can I tell if my toddler is truly gifted or just bright?

You may or may not consider me "gifted". I was halfway through the fourth grade curriculum when I finished first grade (I had an awesome first grade teacher who encouraged me to work ahead. My family ...
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What do I tell my child about her Asperger autism?

The first important thing is obviously to move the tone of the conversation from "What is wrong with me?" to "In what ways am I different from neurotypical people?". The latter ...
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What Can I do to get An Adult Child with Special Needs to Start eating and Drinking Again?

I hope someone can give you a better answer than mine. I assume you've tried the usual: tempting him with his favorite foods/drinks? The fact that he's deaf and blind without other neurological ...
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How to encourage my 3rd grade son to be more calm, respectful, and responsible?

I've referred to my own answers a lot in this Answer. That's somewhat because there are a lot of people with similar concerns, and it's come up before. It's also because I have an ADHD son, and we've ...
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Bike rear seat for > 22kg special needs child

If your child is able to, I'd suggest a "third wheel" style, where you attach a second full seat and a third wheel behind your bike with a pedal and everything. "Trail-a-bike" is ...
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How can I handle a situation with a faulty, cruel teacher that does not like me and takes it out on my child?

First of, I feel bad for your son going through all this at such a young age. I agree with CreationEdge regarding your first question. "look into the school district's complaint policy. It's time to ...
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16yo works TOO MUCH?

It kind of sounds like your child might feel a bit out of control and needs a bit of help forming structure around their life. Something you can do is to sit down with them and discuss solid ...
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How can I tell if my toddler is truly gifted or just bright?

I don't know if this will help but I have a daughter of a very similar age with some similar characteristics. What strikes me about your daughter is reading and arithmetic. I've certainly not ...
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How to encourage my 3rd grade son to be more calm, respectful, and responsible?

How can a child who is in 3rd grade with ADHD/ADD enforces himself to do his homework without relying on his mom? 1.) Be as sure as you can about the diagnosis. I want to take a moment to tackle ...
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How to make my 16-year-old stop biting?

"all he can think of"...to do what? It might help if you could assist him in focusing on what he wants to happen (I would assume he doesn't want to be touched). Ask him how he feels when he is ...
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How to help child with autism (Asperger's) through, and prevent meltdowns

Sounds like my son. Still can't swallow pills. Thankfully from my own breakdowns, I have experience with the right medication. Half a lorazepam tablet quickly disolves on the toungue. Within 30 ...
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Should I start learning Braille now in preparation for teaching my blind baby how to read someday?

This is not an authoritative answer, by any means, but I'd guess that, especially for kids' books, you would have the lines of Braille right under the lines of visual text, so you could read it aloud ...
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16yo works TOO MUCH?

Plenty of good answers here, but I didn't see this mentioned, so I'll add: A lot of people of all ages (with or without other disabilities) have a hard time keeping track of what their real ...
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16yo works TOO MUCH?

Counseling as well as behavior therapy would help a lot with the anxiety. The therapist should be working on coping skills especially as it relates to transition times from preferred activity. Make a ...
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