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.

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Books About Twice Exceptional Children


Gifted children can have the same disorders and disabilities that other children have, ADHD, for example. However, these disorders can hide a child's giftedness and the giftedness can hide the disorder which makes identification difficult. Gifted children are also frequently misdiagnosed with disorders they don't have. These books discuss twice exceptional children -- gifted children with disabilities -- as well as the problems with misdiagnosis.

Books : Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, Ocd, Asperger's, Depression, and Other Disorders
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Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, Ocd, Asperger's, Depression, and Other Disorders
by: James T. Webb, Edward R. Amend, Nadia E. Webb, Jean Goerss, Paul Beljan, F. Richard Olenchak, Paul Beljan, F. Richard Olenchak

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Our brightest, most creative children and adults are often being misdiagnosed with behavioral and emotional disorders such as ADHD, Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, Bipolar, OCD, or Asperger?s. Many receive unneeded medication and inappropriate counseling as a result. Physicians, psychologists, and counselors are unaware of characteristics of gifted children and adults that mimic pathological diagnoses. Six nationally prominent health care professionals describe ways parents and professionals can distinguish between gifted behaviors and pathological behaviors. ?These authors have brought to light a widespread and serious problem?the wasting of lives from the misdiagnosis of gifted children and adults and the inappropriate treatment that often follows.? Jack G. Wiggins, Ph. D., Former President, American Psychological Association




Books : Uniquely Gifted: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of the Twice-Exceptional Student
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Uniquely Gifted: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of the Twice-Exceptional Student
from: Avocus Publishing

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Teachers looking for a way to help their exceptional and gifted students can find a wealth of information in this guide to meeting these students' needs. With contributions by noted educators, teachers are offered techniques to identify these students and how to help them in the classroom.


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Books : Different Minds: Gifted Children with AD/HD, Asperger Syndrome, and Other Learning Deficits
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Different Minds: Gifted Children with AD/HD, Asperger Syndrome, and Other Learning Deficits
by: Deirdre V Lovecky

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Through recognizing the different levels and kinds of giftedness, this book provides an insight into the challenges and benefits specific to gifted children with attention difficulties. Explaining why certain children are gifted and how giftedness is manifested, each chapter on a specific topic addresses the relevance for children with AD/HD and Asperger Syndrome. Lovecky guides parents and professionals through methods of diagnosis and advises on how best to nurture individual needs, positive behavior and relationships at home and at school.







Lovecky explores concepts such as asynchrony and the effects of such `uneven' development on children, using case studies to illustrate emotional, intellectual, creative and social development. She also highlights the inadequate measures currently in place to assist parents and teachers and goes on to clearly define what is required to understand and help these children so that their needs can be met more positively in the future. Different Minds, with its wealth of practical and background information, is essential reading for all those who live or work with gifted children with attention difficulties.




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Books : To Be Gifted and Learning Disabled: Strategies for Helping Bright Students with LD, ADHD and More
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To Be Gifted and Learning Disabled: Strategies for Helping Bright Students with LD, ADHD and More
by: Susan Baum, Steven Owen

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Students who are gifted, but who struggle with a learning disability or attention deficit are a strange paradox: they have special intellectual gifts, but are unsuccessful with certain basic learning tasks. Their potential is at great risk of going untapped and undeveloped because the major focus of educational intervention is on what these students do not know and cannot do rather than on nurturing their talents. These students require special attention, and it is vital that schools pay attention to the gifts as well as the learning difficulties.

This revised and expanded edition of To Be Gifted and Learning Disabled offers up-to-date information on identifying and meeting the needs of gifted and learning disabled (GLD) youngsters. Part I discusses the patterns of accomplishments and failures that many GLD students present as well as identification and diagnosis issues. Part II explores the contemporary psychological theory and research that guides educational applications for GLD students. And Part III offers practical strategies for teaching GLD students and helping them plan and explore options for their future. Three new chapters in this resource cover self regulation, developing comprehensive IEPs for GLD students, and the roles parents and counselors can play in meeting the social and emotional needs of GLD students.

Thoroughly researched and filled with case studies, practical suggestions and techniques for working with GLD students, useful resources, and much more, To Be Gifted and Learning Disabled is a resource anyone who works or lives with a child who has both startling talents and disabling weaknesses should have.


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