Zaman - 01.08.201



Although the experts emphasize that 1 to 2 percent of the people (in a nation) is highly gifted and talented, gifted children of Turkish origin are almost never on the agenda of Germany. Roya Klingner, an expert pedagogue commenting on the subject, told that these children demonstrate their superior talents later than usual as they are more timid in their new cultural environment mostly due to the language barrier.

Roya Klingner, who administrates a center for gifted and talented children in the town of Freising near Munich, tells that gifted children born to immigrants demonstrate their superior talents later than usual and with difficulties as they are more timid in their new cultural environment as a result of the language barrier. Klingner, who says that there might be gifted and talented immigrant children who are forgotten about for years without being identified as the school system or educators failed to do so due to the language barrier or reckless approaches to the issue, advised the educators to learn children's native language (at least a few sentences) so that they can approach to children of foreign descent and overcome their shyness.

The pedagogue, who drew attention the problem that some gifted and talented children cannot demonstrate their abilities as they cannot keep up with the education system and everyday life, said: "These children are often very enthusiastic about attending to primary school, but soon they have to struggle with a huge boredom. For example, it would be boring to teach the alphabet from scratch to a child who can read and write since age 4. Being exposed to this for five class hours at school and moreover the obligation to do homework which is a mere repetition is a torture for such children.

These children comprehend everything faster than their peers, and as they are bored in the classes, they make jokes or act like a class clown. Girls especially may get depressed and shut themselves down.

Klingner who emphasized that unresolved problems, and constantly being mocked by their peers may lead to depression, indisposition and even suicidal thoughts in children / young age, told that these children cannot easily socialize, make friends and mostly struggle with loneliness. She added that, due to the above reasons, families of the gifted and talented mostly consult to centers to find a friend for their children.

Klingner, who advises parents to take their children seriously said: These kids are like adults living in a small body and are very sensitive. For example, they can be very emotional and cry easily, quickly get excited and react. If they suppress their reaction and stay quiet, they can behave depressed and aggressive. Families should always take this sensitivity into consideration. These children want more love, acceptance and appreciation by their parents.''

Klingner, who wants these children to be supported in their abilities and interests, added that mothers can notice their childrens abilities and talents during play time or in the moments of conversation. Stressing the duties of families, Klingner emphasized the importance of parents speaking German to be able to closely follow their childrens development and situation in the school. Klingner, who says that hyperactivity, is another subject that the families should be aware of as, gifted and hyperactive children are not difficult to be distinguished from each other. Gifted children do not lose their concentration for hours if they are truly interested in a subject while hyperactive children get bored easily and do not concentrate for long hours.

Klingner added that they offer courses at their center for parents and teachers to ensure the identification of gifted and talented children. Citizens can obtain more information on the internet at