Yep, I am actually gifted. I taught myself reading and writing at age 3. In 2nd grade I told my music teacher that the piano “sounds wrong”. She sent me to an hearing test, where came out that I have an absolute hearing. According to the doctor, I can hear frequencies other people can’t hear. My music teacher tried everything to get me into special music class after school. But I was already exhausted from school but the biggest problem was, my parents couldn’t afford it. I remember how my music teacher was at our home talking to my parents to get me in this special music class. She asked me what instrument I wanted to learn and I pointed to the piano. She told me that she actually wanted to give me special education, just me.
Although I have dyscalculia, I was always the best in the class in maths. I couldn’t like it when my brain didn’t understand things I wanted to know. So one weekend I took my maths book and did as much exercises as I could. Of course then I was bored in school. My math teacher asked how far I calculated and when I showed her, she said: “But that’s stuff for the next grade! We won’t do this anymore.” She sighed and then asked: “What shall I do with you?” So I then was the only person in school that was allowed to do whatever the fuck I wanted. Usually I was learning english, writing poems and stories, drawing or listening music.
One day in english lesson, I asked our teacher: “Why are we doing this again? We just did it last week. We know this already!” Her response: “Yes, you know this. But not the rest of the class.” I was there thinking “Why are they so stupid?” Btw, I learned english in 4th grade in less than 6 months. I remember, we had a student from UK there and I thought “Hey a native english speaker I can practise my english with!” So I went to her and started chatting in english. She and my teacher were surprised. Not only was I talking in a language I just started to learn, but I, the most silent kid in class, just talked with a stranger!
I was constantly bored in school, because everything seemed so easy and I couldn’t understand why the other kids couldn’t pick up stuff as quick as I did. I wasn’t arrogant, it was just my reality. I was a kid that loved to learn new things. But everything I found interesting just flew to me. I never needed to learn stuff. I heard it one time, I got it. But I also had big problems. Subjects like history or physics were impossible for me to learn. My brain just can’t deal with numbers and works differently. Some things my brain just couldn’t get, no matter the effort I put into. And that was a huge problem for me, because I always was so eager to learn, so when I couldn’t learn something I got frustrated.
That was difficult to understand for my teachers. How can I be super on some subjects but so miserable in others? I was constantly pushed to learn the subjects I wasn’t good in. Because they thought I was “just lazy”. It was the only explanation for them. But since I got diagnosed with autism, I think, this is the reason. My brain just isn’t made for some stuff to get. I’m creative. I’m good in music, arts, writing and languages. My brain isn’t made for physics and chemistry. That doesn’t work. To be honest, I think every person is gifted. Everyone is differently wired and their brains work differently. I hate it when teachers push their students to learn something that definitely isn’t their strenght. Sometimes it doesn’t work like this. Instead of trying their poor brains to get something they’re won’t, try encouraging them to learn new stuff on subjects they’re good into. That gives them less frustration and helps them more for the future.