Giftedness is defined as a person who is assessed as talented in the top 3% of intelligence or ability in a particular area (i.e. verbal, spatial, mathematical or talents such as music, athletics and art). There is a large variability within the 3% of the gifted population’s abilities in terms of personality aspects, social capacity and athletic skill, therefore there is no “typical” gifted person.
However, there are some common areas that gifted individuals may struggle with, such as social skills, emotional intensity, anxiety, existential depression, sensory overload, and overwhelming educational choices. Children and adolescents that are gifted may benefit from counseling to assist them in these areas. Skill building, coaching and EMDR are all helpful modalities to address these issues.