If you are new to the gifted world, this page is a good place for you to start your journey of discovery. Chances are you have noticed that your child is ahead of his or her age mates in some domain, like math or reading. So you may be wondering if your child is gifted. Or your child’s teacher has told you that she thinks your child is gifted. Or perhaps the school identified your child as gifted. Whatever the reason, you will no doubt have many questions. This page links to other pages that cover specific topics. It’s a good place to begin getting your questions answered.
Gifted 101 — About Gifted Kids
This is the place to start. You can discover the traits of gifted children and their basic needs.
Nurturing Gifts and Talents
You have a gifted child. Now what? Many parents feel an overwhelming sense of responsibility. What should you do to nurture the gifts and talents of your child. Articles listed here will help you get a start understanding just what you should do and why.
Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Children
Two of the traits of gifted children are that they are “intense” and they are “different.” What that means is that gifted children tend to have some unique social and emotional issues. They can be highly emotionally sensitive and may have trouble making friends or socializing with their age mates. Information on this page can help you understand these issues so that you can better understand your child.
Understanding IQ Tests and Testing
What are IQ tests and exactly what do they measure? What’s the IQ score a child must get to be considered “gifted”? These questions are not as simple as people often think they are. To understand giftedness and how it is identified, it’s important to understand these tests and their results.
Gifted Children at School
Many people believe that because gifted children are so smart, they will breeze through school. However, that is not always the case. Because of their unique traits, gifted children often have problems in school. The articles here will help you understand those problems.
What kind of academic accommodations are available for gifted children? Is public school okay? Is private better? If you are like many parents of gifted children, you will have to advocate for your child at some point. You’ll be able to do a better job advocating if you understand the various options available in schools.
Family Life with Gifted Children
Gifted children can be a challenge to parent, but they can also be a delight to be around. You can find some parenting tips here as well as some ideas for family fun.
Different Age Groups of Gifted Children
Each age group of gifted children has its own issues. Recognizing young gifted children is not the same as recognizing gifted teens, who may be more diffifcult to identify. Educaitonal options are also a bit different for the different age groups, and older teens need to be thinking about career options.
Special GT Groups: LD and Minorities
Gifted children are just as likely to have learning disabilities as are other children. These kids are known as 2E (twice exceptional) kids. They have unique needs that cannot be met by gifted accommodations alone or by LD accommodations alone. They need both in order to excel. LIke 2e kids, kids from minority groups also have some unique needs. Articles here can help you understand these unique needs and what to do about them.
Books, Advice, and Resources for Parents
Forget about the typical parenting books. They don’t address the needs of gifted children and not all the advice works. In fact, sometimes the advice is less than helpful. This page will provide you with advice that is more appropriate and with suggestions for parenting books specifically for parents of gifted children.
Books, Toys, and More
Gifted children don’t always seem to enjoy the same toys as other children. Sometimes they do, of course, but often they enjoy toys that offer them challenge and opportunities for learning. They also often enjoy toys meant for older children. The same is true of books. They love to learn and often read to learn all they can on favorite topics. They also enjoy certain types of books, like high fantasty. This page has some suggestions for both toys and books.