It’s all Greek to me! Many parents I speak with feel a little inundated after being introduced to the world of giftedness. It’s likely you landed here because you’re searching for answers to help your child. That’s natural: Every parent wants to better understand how their child experiences the world and how to best meet their child’s individual needs.
You’ve probably been told that your child is “gifted” or “very smart” or even “not normal — but in a good way!” You may have a test score but no idea what it means, other than it identifies your child as “gifted.” As a parent, you might be experiencing a range of emotions, maybe even a little fear. This is all perfectly normal! And you’ve come to the right place.
You will soon realize that the world of being gifted comes with its own unique language, and if you don’t understand what terms mean, it’s easy to get lost without a guide. The good news is, this language is much simpler to learn than Greek!
As you go searching for answers, this is the perfect place to start your journey. And while our list is not complete — we’re continually adding new terms and phrases — it includes the most common terms and ones you will likely encounter immediately. I encourage you to bookmark this page and come back when you come across a term you might not be familiar with.
We want you to know you’re not alone. And we are here to help.
Jamie, American Mensa’s Gifted Youth Programs Manager, has been a state-licensed teacher for more than 15 years. She received her Gifted Education certification in 2016. She was recognized as the 2008 Teacher of the Year at Bowie Middle School in Amarillo, Texas, and was a finalist for the 2011 Texas Speech Communication Association’s Teacher of the Year.