Young intellectually gifted children are defined as those who have the ability to perform at a level significantly beyond their age cohort. They have a range of characteristics, both cognitive and socio-affective, that set them apart from their chronological age–peers and require modifications in educational contexts.

Cathie Harrison (2003) defined a gifted child as

one who performs or has the potential to perform at a level significantly beyond his or her age peers and whose unique abilities and characteristics require special provisions and social and emotional support from the family, community and educational context. (p. 8)

This definition serves to highlight the special needs that young gifted children have in terms of their social and emotional development and support, as well as special provisions to meet their intellectual ...

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