My Child is Gifted
An Informational Bulletin for Parents of Gifted Learners
We are altogether too easily deceived by the time-worn argument that the gifted student, 'the genius' perhaps, will 'get along somehow without much teaching. The fact is, the gifted... and the brilliant... are the ones who need the closest attention of the skilful mechanic. – W. Franklin Jones, Ph. D.
Gifted kids are a unique and challenging group - for teachers and for parents. They view the world through an entirely unique lens, one that is best summed up in one word. Intense. This intensity refers to how gifted individuals approach life. At its best, intensity is the driving passion that enables some people to achieve amazing things - in any domain. But at its worst, it is the turmoil that has the power to consume these same individuals from time to time as they learn how to manage that aspect of their personality.* Intensity is not a bad thing in and of itself. Intensity is passion, the kind of passion we use to create.
To try and help parents and children better understand and embrace the intensity that comes with being gifted, and to understand the wonderful aspect of what it means to be gifted in the first place, Mr. Kleinberg and Mrs. Klein, at Jasper Middle School, have developed this digital bulletin just for you!
*Christine Fonseca is the author of Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students and 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids. Click here to learn more about Christine and her work.
JUST FOR PARENTS!
Some Dos and Dont's for Raising Your Gifted Kids
GT Kids and Behavior: Seven Strategies to Help Kids (and Parents) Cope
Gifted Kids at Risk: Who’s Listening?
Consider these two prevailing and paradoxical myths about gifted children and adolescents.
Myth 1: They do not have problems; somehow they can handle difficulties on their own.
Myth 2: Some of their characteristics are perceived as pathological.
To dispel such misconceptions, we must better understand the gifted: their intellectual and personality characteristics, the manifestations of high ability, and the specific problems and issues they face.- Read this entire article here
48 Essential Links for the Parents of Gifted Children
Top Blogs about Gifted Children, Gifted Education, and Parenting
There are so many great blogs about gifted children, adolescents and adults, each of which provide a somewhat different perspective.
These blogs are written by teachers, parents, therapists, and researchers. They describe parenting dilemmas, personal triumphs and struggles, and research-based strategies that work. While there are also many wonderful websites, books, and blogsites specifically geared toward gifted education strategies, the blogs listed below were selected because of their focus on the social and emotional aspects of giftedness, parenting dilemmas, or advocacy.
Enjoy! (Click Here)
Additional Resources for Parents
Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (parents)
8 Gripes of Gifted Kids (youtube)