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Working with a gifted teenager with emotional and behavioural problems
In her article the author discusses how to balance giftedness with emotional and behavioural problems. Firstly, she defines giftedness and the guidelines for working with gifted students. Then she focuses on the work with a demanding teenaged girl, whom she observed from the fourth to the ninth class. She was identified as a gifted student in various fields, but at the same time acted hyperactively and had serious emotional and behavioural problems, which were most probably the consequence of a complex early childhood trauma. Once the girl entered adolescence, they were on the increase, of course. The author furthermore detailedly describes her behaviour at school, the relationship with her parents, activities in which she participated, and her achievements within the gifted students programme. She also explains how her emotional and behavioural problems were tackled at school in order to diminish their impact on giftedness and socialization. Finally, she makes an overview of the situation at the end of the primary school education, which the girl finished successfully.