"For some people, the term "gifted" connotes superiority or
elite status. People seem to understand, accept and even respect
the notion of a gifted athlete, actor, artist or musician, but
they may feel threatened by the term gifted when it is applied
to the intellectual realm.
Unquestionably, all children have special gifts and
equally deserve to be loved and cherished as individuals.
However, not all children share the cluster of emotional and
personal characteristics (some positive, some challenging)...
nor do they have an IQ in a range that by definition is shared
by only two to five percent of the population. As you learn more
about giftedness, you will become better able to educate some
family and community members about your child's special needs
and your special challenges as a parent. It may take some time
and much patience to gain their support and understanding."