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Gabriel's mother: "We get help but many others do not get it"


Gabriel's mother Malin Isenfors is involved in the issue of gifted children. She believes that knowledge is insufficient and thinks municipalities and schools need to do more.

- The knowledge about this issue is frighteningly small, it concerns five percent of all students, there is one in each class. It is the most forgotten of all groups and they are equally entitled to their schooling. Being challenged in school is a need they have, says Malin Isenfors.

Malin is involved in the National Association for Special Talent and Filurum, a network for specially gifted and their families, which is found throughout the country and has 2,700 members.

- We discuss supporting and helping each other. We try to raise these issues as well as possible and do the best for our children. Malin Isenfors says that the proportion of mental ill-health and home-sitting is alarmingly high among these children.

Satisfied with the school's solution

When it turned out that Gabriel was specially gifted, the family worked with the school to produce the best possible schooling.

- The school has been above all fearless and dared to try something unconventional. No one knew what was right and wrong but they dared to try and we are infinitely grateful for that. Then arrange for Gabriel to continue reading math even though he has completed his elementary school eligibility, says Malin Isenfors.

No homogeneous group

The solution is unique. Gabriel had to move up three classes and although he is finished with the math, he can now continue reading the subject at the upper secondary level. But not everyone is given that opportunity and far from all special talents are discovered in school.

- The gifted are not in a certain way, it is the least homogeneous group. Neither educators, school management nor politicians are aware of the problem. They are not given the right to develop according to their ability to which pupils are entitled by law. The issue must be raised and every municipality must have an action plan, it must be included in teacher and special education, says Malin Isenfors.

Source: svt

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