The term ‘asynchronous development,’ is used to describe an uneven physical, intellectual, and social-emotional development. In gifted children, the development in those areas could be out of ‘sync’ or asynchronous. These kids may be extremely talented and may do better than kids their age.
But the problem with asynchronous growth in children could be that sometimes, asynchronous development in a child can keep a child from not being able to connect with kids his own age. He may feel out of sync when doing group activities. Want to know more about asynchronous development in gifted kids? Read on!
Asynchronous development is when a child’s intellectual development is ahead of their emotional and physical traits. Children who are asynchronously developed can feel out of sync with other kids. Sometimes adults may be surprised by the depths of their knowledge. Common asynchronous development characteristics include impulsiveness, sudden outbursts, lack of empathy on struggling to learn the subject matter, and high levels of expectations when it comes to their own learning and overall performance when factoring their chronological age.
When a child gets too ahead of their peers in class or progresses at unprecedented rates, his parents may find it difficult to understand their child or connect with him. Asynchronous children develop at much faster rates when it comes to their intellectual and creative capabilities. This results in stunted growth in the emotional area and as for their physical growth, a child may feel frustrated that he’s not growing fast enough.
For example, an asynchronous child may be smart and know everything there is to learn about drawing and painting. However, their fine motor skills may not be developed to that extent, which means they won’t be able to draw and paint like adults.
The other issue that gifted asynchronous children may not develop so much in other areas. High IQ scores do not correlate with high skill levels in different subjects for various grades. It’s important to note that not all asynchronous kids are the same and teachers cannot take a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach when it comes to their overall learning and development.
Here is how asynchronous children may develop. Do read this with a pinch of salt, as not all gifted children with asynchronous development may have issues concerning emotional or physical development.
Classic emotional development traits for asynchronous kids are listed below.
The physical development traits of a gifted child with asynchronous development are explained below:
Given below are some for parents to raise their gifted child who is asynchronous developed.
Your child may be intellectually developed well-ahead of his age, but his emotional and physical development may still be taking place. As a parent, you have to take this into account and make sure they spend enough time socializing and participating in simple group activities with other kids.
That said, you should also give space to your kids for their learning. Don’t interfere with their learning, rather support and stimulate their minds and make sure to strive for a balance when it comes to their emotional and physical growth.
This post was last modified on January 21, 2021 7:43 pm
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