Learning About Gifted Kids

To fully understand gifted kids, it's important to learn about what it means to be gifted, to know just what giftedness is.

Understanding the concepts can help you better understand your child and your child's needs.


Books About Gifted Kids

Parents of gifted children are always looking for information about gifted children. These books can help you understand your gifted child. They describe gifted children and some of the problems they have.

Books : Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted: 30 Essays on Giftedness, 30 Years of SENG
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Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted: 30 Essays on Giftedness, 30 Years of SENG
by: Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted

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To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) offers a collection of 30 essays from leading experts in the gifted community. The essays provide an overview and resource for anyone who works with or cares for the gifted, from gifted adults and teens to parents of gifted children, educators, counselors or medical professionals. Some of the topics include:
  • parenting gifted children
  • living with the intensity that often accompanies giftedness
  • counseling and educating gifted individuals
  • giftedness in diverse communities and special needs populations
  • the role of teachers and other professionals in the lives of the gifted
  • first-person essays describing the challenges and joys of giftedness in children and adults
Contributors to this collection include Angela Arenivar, Rose Blackett, Dina Brulles, Marc Caplan, Lori Comallie-Caplan, Christine Fonseca, Rosina M. Gallagher, Jean Goerss, Judith Wynn Halsted, Jane Hesslein, Holly Hughes, Joseph Hughes, Tiombe-Bisa Kendrick, Carolyn Kottmeyer, Marianne Kuzujanakis, Sharon Lind, Linda Neumann, Vidisha Patel, Steven Pfeiffer, Sheri Plybon, Michael Postma, Amy Price, Helen Prince, Carol Raymond, Sylvia Rimm, Lisa Rivero, Patricia Schuler, Beverly Shaklee, Michael Shaughnessy, Wenda Sheard, Jeremy Tardy and James T. Webb.

Table of Contents

Coming Full-Circle, by Jane Hesslein
SENG's 25th Anniversary Conference: Reflections on SENG's History, by James T. Webb
SMPG: My Gifted Education, by Carol Raymond
What SENG Means to Me: Perspectives from SENG's First Executive Director, by Amy Price

Overexcitability and the Gifted, by Sharon Lind
Asynchronous Development, by Jean Goerss
Young Gifted Children, by Beverly Shaklee
Teasing and Gifted Children, by Patricia Schuler
Sylvia Rimm on Perfectionism in the Gifted, by Michael Shaughnessy
Can We Capture and Measure the Creativity Beast?, by Rose Blackett
GT Kids and Behavior: Seven Strategies to Help Kids (and Parents) Cope, by Christine Fonseca
Using Books to Meet the Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Students, by Judith Wynn Halsted
Encouraging Emotional Intelligence, by Stephen Pfeiffer
Parenting Twice-exceptional Children, by Dina Brulles
September Back-To-School Suggestions, by Wenda Sheard
Gifted Education: What I Wished I Had Known Sooner!, by Carolyn Kottmeyer
Finding the Glory - On and Off the Playing Field, by Linda Neumann
Helping Your Gifted Child Through Divorce, Part 1, by Lori Comallie-Caplan
Helping Your Gifted Child Through Divorce: Part 2, by Lori Comallie-Caplan and Marc Caplan
Where Does a Pediatric Doctor Fit in the Care of Gifted Children?, by Marianne Kuzujanakis
One More Door...a personal challenge, by Sheri Plybon

Resilient Hispanic Women, by Rosina M. Gallagher
The Hardships of Being Gifted in Culturally Diverse Populations, by Tiombe Kendrick
The Best of Both Worlds: On Being Indian, by Vidisha Patel
Rising to Juilliard: A Profile of a Gifted Young Actor
Under the Spell of Words, by Angela Arenivar
Through His Eyes and Through His Mother's Eyes, by Joseph and Holly Hughes
Why We Homeschooled, by Lisa Rivero
Benny and Me: A Father Sees Himself Through His Son, by Michael Postma
Dear SENG: "Gifted Adults" - A Personal Experience, by  Helen Prince

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Books : Definitions and Conceptions of Giftedness (Essential Readings in Gifted Education Series)
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Definitions and Conceptions of Giftedness (Essential Readings in Gifted Education Series)
from: Corwin

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Explores the most predominant and compelling theories on the multiple facets of giftedness, the validity of available assessments, and the development of giftedness and talent.

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Books : Living With Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, and the Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Adolescents, and Adults
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Living With Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, and the Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Adolescents, and Adults
from: Great Potential Pr., Inc.

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Gifted children and adults are often misunderstood. Their excitement is viewed as excessive, their high energy as hyperactivity, their persistence as nagging, their imagination as not paying attention, their passion as being disruptive, their strong emotions and sensitivity as immaturity, their creativity and self-directedness as oppositional.

This resource describes these overexcitabilities and strategies for dealing with children and adults who are experiencing them, and provides essential information about Dabrowski s Theory of Positive Disintegration. Learn practical methods for nurturing sensitivity, intensity, perfectionism, and much more.

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Books : Early Gifts: Recognizing and Nurturing Children's Talents
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Early Gifts: Recognizing and Nurturing Children's Talents
by: Paula Olszewski-Kubilius Ph.D., Lisa Limburg-Weber Ph.D., Steven Pfeiffer Ph.D.

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Early Gifts: Recognizing and Nurturing Children's Talents offers solid advice and guidance for parents of gifted and talented children of preschool and elementary school age. The book shows parents and educators ways to identify a child's area of talent; support and nurture that talent both at home and at school; and strategies parents can use to ensure their gifted child grows to be a happy, healthy adult.

The authors, leading experts in the field of gifted and talented education, discuss how to recognize and nurture talent in preschool and elementary school-aged children.

An introductory chapter provides a framework for understanding the major contributing factors to the development of talent, including the home, the school, outside programs, and the personality of the individual child. The following seven chapters each deal with a major area of talent.

The talent areas discussed include:
  • science,
  • mathematics,
  • language arts,
  • musical talent,
  • dramatic arts,
  • performing arts, and
  • sports.
In each chapter and for each talent, early behaviors indicative of potential talent are presented. The authors of each chapter discuss how parents can create a home environment that both elicits and develops their child's special abilities through activities, games, and play.

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Books : Exceptionally Gifted Children
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Exceptionally Gifted Children
by: Miraca U. M. Gross

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Exceptionally Gifted Children is unique. The first edition of this book, published in 1993, introduced 15 remarkable children, some of the most gifted young people ever studied, and traced their path through school, exploring their academic achievements (and in some cases enforced underachievement), their emotional development, their social relationships and their family relationships and upbringing. This new edition reviews these early years but also follows the young people over the subsequent ten years into adulthood.
No previous study has traced so closely and so sensitively the intellectual, social and emotional development of highly gifted young people. This 20 year study reveals the ongoing negative academic and social effects of prolonged underachievement and social isolation imposed on gifted children by inappropriate curriculum and class placement and shows clearly the long lasting benefits of thoughtfully planned individual educational programs. The young adults of this study speak out and show how what happened in school has influenced and still influences many aspects of their lives. Miraca Gross provides a clear, practical blueprint for teachers and parents who recognise the special learning needs of gifted children and seek to respond effectively.

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Books : Giftedness 101 (Psych 101)
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Giftedness 101 (Psych 101)
by: Linda Silverman PhD

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In my estimation Giftedness 101 ranks high among authoritative texts devoted to this particular population of children. It not only offers thorough experience and knowledge-based insights to those who are already or are contemplating serving the social emotional needs of these children in the future, but also those who profess to educate future teachers, those who would venture out into classrooms charged with the teaching and many others besides. It should be required reading for politicians - especially those who shape educational policy."--Gifted and Talented International

"Linda Silverman is an articulate, insightful, authoritative, and extremely "gifted" international expert in the assessment of giftedness...[She] has created a gem with Giftedness 101. The fields of psychology and education should welcome this vibrant book with open arms."

Alan S. Kaufman, PhD
Yale Child Study Center
School of Medicine

"This is a really terrific book! I'm really impressed at how much information has been packed into it, how accessible it is (without talking down to the audience), and how well the author has parsed the many key issues in the world of giftedness. Parents and mental health professionals with find this book incredibly useful. I look forward to sharing it far and wide. I think it is a book that was badly needed and will really fill a niche."

Corin Goodwin
CEO & Executive Director, Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

This is the most thorough history, explanation, and call to action for gifted advocates you will find."--Laughing at Chaos Blog

What is giftedness? Is it the potential for success or is it the experience of being an "outsider"? This book addresses the unique psychological needs of gifted children, which are often manifested as "feeling different," and examines special issues such as gifted children with learning disabilities, gender considerations, implications of socio-economic status, and more.

Giftedness 101 dispels common myths about giftedness and challenges the view that eminence is the true signifier of giftedness. It offers specific guidelines to psychologists, parents, and teachers; describes comprehensive assessment of the gifted; provides support for the twice exceptional; and focuses on the complex inner world of the gifted. The book defines giftedness as a psychological reality with powerful ramifications throughout the lifespan. Giftedness 101 will be a valuable, eye-opening resource for psychologists, educators, and other professionals who work with the gifted, as well as gifted individuals and their families.

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  • Provides a concise, accessible overview of one of the most important and challenging topics in psychology and education
  • Examines the concept of giftedness across the lifespan
  • Covers both the intellectual assessment and development of gifted individuals as well as the psychological well-being issues of this population
  • Written by a prominent expert in the field of the psychology of giftedness

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