“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)
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
Twice Exceptional (2e)
GEAC past President Carol Lewis’ PowerPoint presentation on Twice Exceptional (2e) from March 2017 meeting can be found here.
GEAC past President Carol Lewis’ handout from presentation on Twice Exceptional (2e) from March 2018 meeting can be found here.
GEAC past President Carol Lewis’ handout from presentation on Twice Exceptional (2e) from March 2018 meeting can be found here (PDF version).
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
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.
Genius Denied: How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Young Minds, by Jan and Bob Davidson with Laura Vanderkam
Powerpoint presentation on College and the Gifted Student from February 2016 meeting can be found here.