Raising A Gifted Child... and "Gifted" The Movie

Monday, April 03, 2017 0 Comments A+ a-

In the summer before my son entered 2nd grade, with the encouragement of my sister, a Psychologist who specializes in gifted identification, I had my son tested for giftedness. It turns out that not only was he gifted, he was also showing signs of a learning disability.

After testing, meeting with professionals, advice from friends, I decided to let him go through 2nd grade at the public school, where his teachers could give him slightly more challenging material, but where he could still be with his friends. As a parent, it's a tough call - do you push your child to become what you imagine they could be, or do you let them be a kid? Somehow, it feels like I'm doing him a dis-service either way.

And, to be clear, my son is gifted, but not a prodigy. Right now, his 2nd grade class is learning how to add 3 numbers together. He's currently doing double-digit multiplication and long division in 2nd grade, and it seems to be easy for him.

As a parent, this is my first time being exposed to this whole "gifted" thing, and I've found great comfort in learning about gifted children whenever I can. That's why I'm so excited for "Gifted" to come out.


Frank Adler (Chris Evans) is a single man raising a child prodigy - his spirited young niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) - in a coastal town in Florida.  Frank's plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the seven-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother Evelyn (Lindsay Duncan) whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary.  Octavia Spencer plays Roberta, Frank and Mary’s landlady and best friend.  Jenny Slate is Mary’s teacher, Bonnie, a young woman whose concern for her student develops into a connection with her uncle as well.

In Select Theatres April 7.


Mckenna Grace as "Mary" in the film GIFTED. Photo by Wilson Webb. © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved.

Mckenna Grace as "Mary" in the film GIFTED. Photo by Wilson Webb. © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved.


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