Dear Dr. Sylvia: Single Mom Needs Help Quickly

Q: I have a nephew who is 12-years-old, extremely bright, and underachieves to fit in with his peers. His teachers have recommended that my sister pursue an alternative school for gifted kids, but she doesn’t know where to turn. She’s a disabled, single mom, which really limits her options.
My nephew is a great kid but tends to lie and get into trouble over the stupidest things. His teachers don’t think he’ll make it through middle and high school here. He’s bored and doesn’t want the stigma of being a “nerd.”
Can you help by pointing us in the right direction? Are there schools that take gifted kids on scholarship?
A: Lying, getting into trouble, and underachieving suggest serious problems for your nephew. While an alternative school fo...


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About Sylvia Rimm

Dr. Sylvia Rimm is a child psychologist and clinical professor at Case University School of Medicine, author, newspaper and magazine columnist, and radio/TV personality. For a free newsletter entitled So Your Child is Gifted!, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a note with your request to P.O. Box 32, Watertown, WI, 53094. Read Dr. Rimm’s articles on this topic and submit family questions online at All questions are answered.