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  • I volunteered at a Gifted Education center last week and was amazed at the incredible brilliance of the 21 kindergartners I was paired with. You see these kids weren't just gifted (meaning they have a high I.Q.) these were the 21 BRIGHTEST kindergartners in the district. The brightest of the bright. We did brain teasers, visited the robotics lab, did tangrams, and talked about change. Change is huge for these kids. Many of them, because of their incredible intelligence, lack social skills. Making friends is a skill they are not born with. Talking about their feelings is difficult. Not knowing something is the end of the world...

    After a talk with one of the teachers about these students at the end of the day, I realized that these children have special needs. So often we view those with mental delays, autism, or physical handicaps the one with special needs. While this is true and the world needs more people to help educate and assist these children, there are also children at the other end of the I.Q. spectrum who need advocates.

    My idea of special needs was widened today. Thankful for that.
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