About Giftedness

“Some people don’t think we need to invest much in the most-gifted kids; they’ll be fine. But that’s like saying a great athlete will be great no matter what, so we don’t need expert coaches.” — Bob Davidson, Closing America’s High-Achievement Gap 2013

In addition to our section on General Resources for the Gifted, the following are particular articles, documents, presentations, books, blogs, etc. that may be helpful in understanding the idea of “giftedness.”

Please note that GEAC does not endorse any of the particular resources listed here.  These links are provided for informational purposes only.

The Gifted Child (and Adult!)

“Giftedness is asynchronous development in which advanced cognitive abilities and heightened intensity combine to create inner experiences and awareness that are qualitatively different from the norm. This asynchrony increases with higher intellectual capacity. The uniqueness of the gifted renders them particularly vulnerable and requires modifications in parenting, teaching and counseling in order for them to develop optimally.” (Columbus Group, 1991)

Gifted at a Glance (including Is My Child Gifted?) by the National Association for Gifted Children

What is Giftedness?, article from the Gifted Development Center

Giftedness 101, article from the Gifted Development Center

High Achiever, Gifted Learner, Creative Thinker, article by Bertie Kingore, PhD

Dabrowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration, SENG article by Sal Mendaglio, associate professor in education and chartered psychologist

Overexcitability and the Gifted [aka Dabrowski’s Overexcitabilities], article by Sharon Lind, gifted education and parenting consultant and SENG contributor

Addressing the Elephant in the Room: How to Talk About Giftedness, slides (with presenters’ notes) of a presentation from the 2014 SENG Annual Conference

Gifted Children and Adults — Neglected Areas of Practice, article by James T. Webb, PhD (SENG founder) published in National Register of Health Service Psychologists

Defining Giftedness, list of articles compiled by Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

The “G” Word, blog hop hosted by Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page

Gifted, How?, blog hop hosted by Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page

Twice Exceptional (2e)

What is 2e? by the 2e Newsletter

A Primer for Parents: Where to Turn When You’re New to the 2e World and Feeling Overwhelmed by the 2e Newsletter

Twice Exceptional (2e) Issues, list of articles compiled by Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression, and Other Disorders, by F. Richard Olenchak, et al

GEAC President Carol Lewis’ summary notes from presentation on Twice Exceptional (2e) from March 2014 meeting can be found here.

GEAC President Carol Lewis’ presentation on Twice Exceptional (2e) from March 2017 meeting can be found here.

 

Parenting the Gifted Child

A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children, by James T. Webb, PhD, et al

Parenting Gifted Kids, by James Delisle, PhD

Living with Intensity, by Susan Daniels, PhD and Michael M. Piechowski, PhD

Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students: Helping Kids Cope with Explosive Feelings, by Christine Fonseca

Gifted Parenting, blog hop hosted by Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

Living with Gifted Children, list of articles compiled by Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

20 Tips for Nurturing Gifted Children, by Bertie Kingore, PhD

Appropriate Expectations for the Gifted Child, article by Arlene R. DeVries, M.S.E., co-author of A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children and Gifted Parent Groups: The SENG Model

What Parents Should Expect for the Gifted Child: How to Make It Happen, article by Arlene R. DeVries, M.S.E., co-author of A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children and Gifted Parent Groups: The SENG Model

What Your [Gifted] Kids Want You To Know, PowerPoint by Jane Hesslein, SENG Director, and teacher at Seattle Country Day.

Gifted Education

Genius Denied: How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Young Minds, by Jan and Bob Davidson with Laura Vanderkam

Gifted Education in the U.S. by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC).

FAQs About Gifted Education by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC).

Common Gifted Education Myths by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC).  A printable version is available here.

Closing America’s High-Achievement Gap, report produced by the Philanthropy Roundtable, 2013

Powerpoint presentation on College and the Gifted Student from February 2016 meeting can be found here.