Online Resources about Gifted Children
This site focuses on serving profoundly gifted young people 18 and under. Profoundly gifted students are those who score in the 99.9th percentile on IQ and achievement tests. This population thinks and learns differently than other students.
National Association for Gifted Children
NAGC's mission is to support those who enhance the growth and development of gifted and talented children through education, advocacy, community building, and research. We aim to help parents and families, K-12 education professionals including support service personnel, and members of the research and higher education community who work to help gifted and talented children as they strive to achieve their personal best and contribute to their communities.
OSU Philosophy and Critical Thinking Summer Camp
The Ohio State Philosophy and Critical Thinking (PACT) Summer Camp is a perfect introduction to the exciting world of philosophical thought. This weeklong summer learning program for high school students is organized and led by the Department of Philosophy at The Ohio State University. It's designed to introduce students to philosophy through learning experiences that are rigorous, engaging, and fun. For the 2022 PACT Summer Camp, we are offering two, week-long sessions for an in-person camp experience as well as one “Greatest Hits” online camp experience. Over the course of our time together, campers will form a community of inquiry where they can reflect on the issues they care about most, practice their debating skills, share some laughs, and (along the way) tackle some of the biggest questions in philosophy today.
Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted
SENG is a nonprofit network of people who guide gifted, talented, and twice-exceptional individuals to reach their goals intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.
The Neurodiversity Podcast
Emily Kircher-Morris, LPC has dual Masters degrees in Counseling and Education, and specializes in the area of giftedness throughout the lifespan. Each episode explores an area of interest for gifted and neurodiverse individuals. As a parent of three twice-exceptional children, Kircher-Morris strives to provide insight to support the needs of parents as well.
Books about Gifted Children
Emotional Intensity in Gifted Studentsby Christine Fonseca Year Published:
Teaching children how to manage their intense emotions is one of the most difficult aspects of parenting or educating gifted children. Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students: Helping Kids Cope With Explosive Feelings provides a much-needed resource for parents and educators for the understanding of why gifted children are so extreme in their behavior and how to manage the highs and lows that accompany emotional intensity.
Enough As She Isby Rachel Simmons Year Published:
From the New York Times bestselling author of Odd Girl Out, a deeply urgent book that gives adults the tools to help girls in high school and college reject “supergirl” pressure, overcome a toxic stress culture, and become resilient adults with healthy, happy, and fulfilling lives.
Helping Gifted Children Soarby Carol Strip-Whitney & Gretchen Hirsch Year Published:
This updated, user-friendly guidebook educates parents and teachers about important issues facing gifted children and the adults who guide them, such as selecting appropriate schools, expanding and differentiating the curriculum for gifted learners, and supporting children who experience stress, depression, perfectionism, friendship issues, and more. The information and useful advice contained in this book make it an ideal resource for those just starting to learn about gifted children, as well as seasoned veterans.
Letting Go of Perfectby Jill Adelson & Hope Wilson Year Published:
This engaging, practical book is a must-have for parents, teachers, and counselors wanting to help children overcome perfectionism, raise self-confidence, lessen guilt, increase motivation, and offer a future free of rigidity.
Smart But Scatteredby Peg Dawson and Richard Guare Year Published:
There's nothing more frustrating than watching your bright, talented son or daughter struggle with everyday tasks like finishing homework, putting away toys, or following instructions at school. The latest research in child development shows that many kids who have the brain and heart to succeed lack or lag behind in crucial "executive skills"--the fundamental habits of mind required for getting organized, staying focused, and controlling impulses and emotions. Learn easy-to-follow steps to identify your child's strengths and weaknesses, use activities and techniques proven to boost specific skills, and problem-solve daily routines.
The Essential Guide to Talking with Gifted Teensby Jean Sunde Peterson Year Published:
Like other kids their age, highly capable adolescents experience developmental challenges. They’re forging identity, finding direction, exploring relationships, and learning to resolve conflicts. These are difficult tasks to do alone, no matter how smart one may be. The 70 guided discussions in this book are an effective curriculum for gifted teens.
The Gift of Failureby Jessica Lahey Year Published:
Modern parenting is defined by an unprecedented level of overprotectiveness: parents who rush to school at the whim of a phone call to deliver forgotten assignments, who challenge teachers on report card disappointments, mastermind children’s friendships, and interfere on the playing field. As teacher and writer Jessica Lahey explains, even though these parents see themselves as being highly responsive to their children’s well-being, they aren’t giving them the chance to experience failure—or the opportunity to learn to solve their own problems. Providing a path toward solutions, Lahey lays out a blueprint with targeted advice for handling homework, report cards, social dynamics, and sports. Most importantly, she sets forth a plan to help parents learn to step back and embrace their children’s failures.
When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All The Answersby Judy Galbraith Year Published:
Gifted kids are so much more than test scores and grades. Still, it's sometimes difficult to see past the potential to the child who may be anxious, lonely, confused, or unsure of what the future might bring. This book, now fully revised with updated information and new survey quotes, offers practical suggestions for addressing the social and emotional needs of gifted students. The authors present ways to advocate for gifted education; help gifted underachievers, perfectionists, and twice - exceptional students; and provide all gifted kids with a safe, supportive learning environment.
Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Beby Frank Bruni Year Published:
Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go is Not Who You'll Be, Frank Bruni explains why this mindset is wrong, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes.
Why Smart Kids Worry, And What Parents Can Do to Helpby Allison Edwards Year Published:
Kids who are advanced intellectually often experience fears beyond their years. And parents are left asking, why does my child worry so much? In this practical parenting resource, Allison Edwards guides you through the mental and emotional process of where your child's fears come from and why they are so hard to move past.