Who is a Gifted Child?

The United States Federal Definition of gifted children appears in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act:

"The term gifted and talented student means children and youths who give evidence of higher performance capability in such areas as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who require services or activities not ordinarily provided by the schools in order to develop such capabilities fully."

The National Association for Gifted Children has a useful Frequently Asked Questions page.


Potential Plus UK

A similar UK-based organisation, founded in 1967, gives advice on how to handle children who are gifted and talented, or have “high learning potential.”