Lin Manuel Miranda, one of the most famous Broadway songwriters and actors of the past decade, has a gifted intensity shared by only a few of his contemporaries. He is the man behind Tony-award winning musicals Hamilton and Into the Heights. Beginning in his early teen years, Miranda had a passion for music and theatre that was nurtured by attending a school for gifted children. Surrounded by other teens he believed to be “geniuses”, Miranda solidified his desire to excel in the field of music and theatre. Going from a gifted child to a gifted adult, Miranda’s success is a product of supportive parents, a drive to succeed, and natural talent. Parenting a gifted child with gifts similar to Miranda’s can be challenging at times, but very rewarding.

Parenting a gifted child: The ups and the downs

Parenting a gifted child can be rough at times. Your child’s passion for whatever it is they are obsessed with (particularly if your child has Asperger’s or is on the spectrum) can be difficult to follow at times. However, it’s important to support them in everything they pursue. Sometimes a child’s giftedness can get in the way of their social life.
If your child is struggling to make and keep friends because of how much time they are spending pursuing their passion, it’s important to help them prioritize. Not having a social life at all can be damaging to your teen’s self esteem and communication skills later on in life. 

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Here are a few tips to help in parenting a gifted child:

  1. Make sure your child knows that being different is 100 percent okay: Your child may feel isolated from the rest of their peers. This may be because of a learning disorder or because they are on the spectrum. Provide a safe space for them to feel comfortable to be themselves.
  2. Recognize the different pace your child learns: It’s important for your gifted child to learn at a pace that is appropriate for them. If they excel at understanding mathematics but are very slow learners when it comes to language, make sure that their teachers know this.
  3. Give learning games and books as presents: Play games that encourage learning with your child. It’s important for gifted children to be exposed to a variety of learning experiences – plus it allows for fun bonding time with them!
  4. Be their number one advocate: Parenting a gifted child means being an advocate for your child’s special gifts every day. Your child may come across to others as arrogant or smart alec-y. It’s important for people to know how gifted your child is!

Seven Stars can help

Seven Stars, a therapeutic program for teens ages 13-17 struggling with learning disorders and/or ASD, can help your teen find success.
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