While working with gifted students certainly makes some parts of therapy easier, it also presents new challenges. In particular, I have found that gifted students not only do well with challenges - they absolutely need them in order to stay motivated and to keep behaviors to a minimum. They can be quick to bore with drill and articulation cards (you know the ones!), and look for new activities almost every session.
I also find that sometimes my most gifted students are often the ones who have the hardest time hearing (and applying) feedback. They have been successful at things they've tried their whole lives and coming to speech and working on their sound may be one of the first times that something hasn't come easily to them. This may come through as defensiveness, and sometimes I see it come through as feigned (or very real) disinterest. Either way, like most students, I get better results when I recognize and play into their strengths. I also add in a lot of growth mindset, but that's a blog for another day.
With a large portion of my caseload functioning above grade-level, over the years I have developed and curated a library of resources that provide these students with true challenges. They allow the students to stay motivated and also distract from any negativity they may feel coming from feedback.
Let me start with how Kiwi Speech got its name. I currently live in Pittsburgh, but it took living in a few different states and countries to get here. One of which (and the one that is truly "home"), was New Zealand. When I was first starting my business, I wanted a name that represented who I was, but was also catchy and kid-friendly. A person from New Zealand is colloquially referred to as a "kiwi", hence, Kiwi Speech was born.
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