Spiritually Gifted & Emotionally Intense

Children who are spiritually gifted and emotionally intense are those who have greater emotional depth and a sense they are on a spiritual journey.  These children may ponder deep questions that and may seem wise beyond their years.  Children who are spiritually gifted or emotionally intense, especially boys, may be told they are too sensitive and may be forced to stifle their emotions.  Parents and teachers should embrace the uniqueness of these children and find ways to support and develop their spiritual and emotional natures. 

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Books for Children that Promote Spiritual Giftedness & Emotional Intensities
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? 
By: Carol McCloud and David Messing

The Three Questions
By: Jon J. Muth

Walk in the Light and Twenty-Three Tales
By: Leo Tolstoy

Zen Shorts
By: Jon J. Muth

Moody Cow Meditates
By: Kerry Lee Maclean

Websites
Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) 
The SENG organization was started by James T. Webb and continues to be a major resource for parents and teachers of gifted students.  The website focuses on the social emotional needs of gifted learners.  

Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
The CASEL website advocates for social and emotional learning for all students.  From the website, you can find information about their program as well as find out about social/emotional learning standards in your state. 

Strategies for Spiritually Gifted and Emotionally Intense
  • Extended time for tasks to allow for idea development, originality, and the engagement in “flow”
  • Opportunities to use imagination and fantasy
  • Divergent thinking and flexibility a valued part of the classroom environment
  • Social emotional support for asynchronous development and creative overexcitabilities
  • Emphasis on flow during process, not the final product 
  • Opportunities for personal reflection
  • Activities that promote spirituality 
  • Lessons that incorporate themes of ethics and justice