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The “David’s Jump” - On the First Positive Change in the Treatment of Gifted Children

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In spite of the difficulty in predicting the time any treatment is to take, working with gifted children and their parents includes – in many cases – a substantial improvement in a comparatively short time in at least one aspect of the child’s life. As this phenomenon has not been named in the psychological literature, it will be called: “David’s Jump”. This article presents 5 cases of such “jumps”, all in children 5-8 years old, all happened within 8-10 weeks from the beginning of the treatment as reported by the parents or by the children themselves. The potential causes of the success reached are to be discussed; some of them might also be relevant to non-gifted children.


International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences (Volume 47)
H. David, "The “David’s Jump” - On the First Positive Change in the Treatment of Gifted Children", International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences, Vol. 47, pp. 209-220, 2015
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