Hello everyone! I have a question/concern about my 7 year old son. I hope anyone can help me. I know that my son is gifted, although he hasn't been tested yet. I did not have any clue at all what being gifted meant and I have been doing a lot of research now.
From what I am reading, gifted children can feel very different than other children. My son has mentioned a few times in the last couple of years why he gets upset about things that his friends don't. It bothers him. He also refuses to admit he's the highest scorer in his class. Okay, so, the issue is this.
Last night I told him to brush his teeth and he refused unless I told him he was a geek. At first I thought he was kidding. I told him that if I said he was a geek I would be lying. He continued on, but more forceful, and demanded I call him a geek and became very upset. Then he went to the hallway and pretty much collapsed on the floor sobbing saying things like "I am so weird! No one is weird like me. My thoughts are not normal. I do weird things. I'm a loser. I'm stupid. I don't think right." I asked him what made him feel different or weird, but he couldn't say, he then just said he knew was not "normal." There was more but that's what I can remember. He ended this conversation by all of a sudden laughing?! And was done conversing about it. Just like that. It really bothered me a great deal, but other than that he seems to be very happy and well-adjusted.
I understand the overexcitabilities. He most definitely has that. But this concerned me more. He's in a public school (LA Unified) and not getting what he needs. I do want him tested, but I have to go on a waiting list. And I can't afford private schooling.
My question would be do I need to be concerned? This is the first time where it seems he is really noticing or admitting these thoughts. It bothered me a great deal. I thought I may call his school and see if they have a counselor.
But do I walk not run? Or is this parr for the course? I'm a single mom and this has started getting my emotionally overwhelmed.
I am sorry so long! Thanks!