I believe that gifted children have special needs and should really be grouped under the umbrella of “Special Needs”programming. Just like other programmes such as Reading Recovery, Remedial Spelling, and pullout programmes for other special needs, I believe that gifted kids must have special pull-out or withdrawal programmes, which are tailored to their needs.
Research proves that gifted kids must have regular time with other children of similar intellectual ability. Add to this the fact that being “gifted” does not automatically mean we’re talking about perfectly well-rounded, well-adjusted children who are the top achievers in our academic system. If your identification programme for the intellectually gifted is identifying gifted students who may (or may not) have learning disabilities, social problems, self-esteem problems, then I believe you have a fairly robust identification method set in place.