To be fair, it really isn’t the character herself that I find dangerous, but rather, how the general public has interpreted the characters and their strengths.
Gifted kids perceive and think about the world in unique, complex ways. They are designed to question, probe, understand, explore, and think outside of the box. They want to know the reasons why something works the way it works and are there other ways to make it work. They are curious, inquisitive, problem solvers. And we love this about them. Except when it interferes with our own plans.
“Should we get her tested for autism?” I anxiously asked the occupational therapist. I had been pondering it for months. Does my daughter have autism? Doesn’t she? What explains her behaviors? Or thinking? Or who she is?
KBear’s OT answered like a seasoned therapist. She answered my question with a question. “What would be your goal in getting the assessments done?”
We hear a lot about the socially awkward gifted kids. The ones who try to talk astrophysics with their fellow first graders and receive blank expressions in return. Or the ones who are too shy to order their own food at a takeout joint. Or the ones who can’t bear to let others be wrong and keep the argument going far longer than anyone else is interested in it. But, what about the socially advanced kid?