Resources for Parents and Students
Gifted Characteristics Checklists
This web page can help you determine what characteristics your child might have due to giftedness.
Social Emotional Need of Gifted Students
This site is helpful in addressing the variety of social and emotional needs gifted people can have.
Suggested Articles from GATES Newsletter:
If you would like to have information about a particular subject, please e-mail me so I may assist you in finding the information you seek. This months articles:
Helping Gifted Students with Stress Management by Leslie S. Kaplan
Bibliography of Books for Families with Gifted Children
Adderholdt-Elliott, Miriam (1986). Perfectionism: Whats Bad About Being Too Good
Written for teenagers and adults who have crossed the fine line between healthy ambition and destructive perfectionism. Topics such as procrastination, under-achievement, family and peer relationships, etc. are discussed, along with trouble signs and tips on how to take control of your life.
Barrett, Susan (1985). Its All in Your Head: A Guide to Understanding Your Brain
and Boosting Your Brain Power.
A manual for children to help them explore the possibilities and capabilities of their brain, how they learn and remember, and a discussion of logic and creativity.
Berger, Sandra L. (1998). College Planning for Gifted Students, Second Edition,
Designed to help understand the unique needs of gifted adolescents as
they plan for college, choose a school, and understand the application
process, with an appendix of college guides, contests, and competitions.
Clark, Barbara (1997). Growing Up Gifted, 5th Edition.
This comprehensive resource book is one of the most often used texts for
training teachers of gifted students. It is filled with research and practical suggestions for the classroom and home.
Colangelo, Nicholas and Davis, Gary A. (2003). Handbook of Gifted Education,3rd Edition,
Scholarly without being pedantic, this book has 31 chapters by eminent authors and represents the latest thinking on topics such as intelligence, ability grouping, counseling, and handicapped gifted.
Delisle, James (1987). Gifted Children Speak Out.
This sometimes funny and poignant book resulted from questionnaire
responses of over 6000 gifted children. Sections on such topics as getting along with friends, school and defining giftedness are accompanied by stimulating discussion guides and group activities.
Delisle, James (1987). Gifted Kids Speak Out-Hundreds of Kids Ages 6-13 Talk About School, Friends, Their Families, and the Future.
A candid inside look at how gifted kids think and feel about themselves
based on a survey of 6000 kids from 37 states.
Delisle, James (1991). Kidstories-Biographies of 20 Young People Youd Like to Know.
Real stories about real kids with pets, parents, problems, and plans for the future. Written to help upper-elementary and middle school students explore their thoughts and feelings.
Delisle, James and Galbraith, Judy (1987). The Gifted Kids Survival Guide II-A Sequel to the Original Gifted Kids Survival Guide (For ages 11-18).
An extended look at growing up gifted, the truth about IQ and
achievement test scores, how to take charge of your education and your
life, ways to make and keep friends, ways to deal with depression and
Delisle, James and Galbraith, Judy (2002). When Gifted Kids Dont Have All the Answers: How to Meet Their Social and Emotional Needs.
This books shares what experts say, including gifted kids themselves, about giftedness, and to give strategies, activities, and ideas to use in supporting the social and emotional needs of gifted students.
Feldman, David (1981). Natures Gambit: Child Prodigies and the Development of Human Potential.
Through case histories of six prodigies in writing, music, and mathematics, the realm of exceptionally gifted persons is explored.
Galbraith, Judy (1999). The Gifted Kids Survival Guide (For Ages 10 and Under).
Written for use by younger gifted children to help them understand the six gripes of gifted kids, smart ways to make and keep good friends, how to prevent the perfection infection, and how to get what you want from life by setting goals.
Galbraith, Judy (1983). The Gifted Kids Survival Guide (For Ages 11-18).
A guide for and about gifted students providing positive ways to make school more challenging; tips for coping with stress, practical advice on goal setting, and a chance for students to discover who they are and what giftedness means.
Goertzel, Mildred and Victor (1962). Cradles of Eminence-A Provocative Study of Childhoods of over 400 Famous Twentieth Century Men and Women.
NY: Little, Brown, and Co.
A revealing, intriguing book on the parentage, education, and early environments of hundreds of eminent people providing insights on the development of creativity.
Halstead, Judith W. (1994). Some of My Best Friends are Books.
A guidebook including an expanded Index of Categories which make it easy to select appropriate books which are of interest to a particular child.
Hearne, Betsy (2000). Choosing Books for Children: A Commonsense Guide.
This guidebook to childrens books offers articulate discussions of books and the issues surrounding them.
Hipp, Earl (1985). Fighting Invisible Tigers.
A straightforward life-management guide to every young person who has ever felt frustrated, overwhelmed, depressed about life and wants to do something about it.
A collection of articles addressing who the gifted are, traits of gifted children with particular discussion of gifted preschoolers, gifted at risk for experiencing problems, parent advocacy, home schooling, left/right brain and creativity.
Kalb, Jonah and Viscott, David (1976) What Every Kid Should Know.
Discusses the problems of growing up and gives suggestions on coping with various emotions, understanding oneself, getting along with others, and dealing with parents.
Kerr, Barbara (1997). Smart Girls: A New Psychology of Girls, Women and Giftedness.
Bright girls have different needs because they face unique challenges and often show different patterns. This book provides guidance for parents and teachers. Brief biographies of eminent women are inspiring and insight-producing.
Krueger, Mark (1978). On Being Gifted.
Revealing insights of the frustrations, accomplishments, and failures of young people as they discuss school and peer pressures, school programs, people who helped, career options, and their inner feelings.
Lewis, Barbara (1992). Kids with Courage- True Stories about Young People Making a Difference.
True stories about positive young role models with the courage of
conviction to fight crime, take social action, help the environment.
Lewis, Barbara (2000). Being Your Best:
Spirit Publishing Co.
This book can help children discover their own good qualities and make them stronger. A marvelous resource for character development.
National Association for Gifted Children (2002). The Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children: What Do We Know?
This book offers an examination of peer pressure, social acceptance, resilience, delinquency, and underachievement. It is essential reading for those who wish to enable gifted students to develop their strengths.
Rimm, Sylvia (1995). Why Bright Kids Get Poor Grades and What You Can do About It.
An array of suggestions for parents of underachieving children. Effective for both average and gifted students, from preschool to college. The book offers a practical, six-step program that really works.
Rimm, Sylvia (1986). Underachievement Syndrome: Causes and Cures.
Family patterns which promote underachievement are described along with strategies for curing various types of dominant and dependent conforming and nonconforming underachievers.
Schmitz, Connie and Galbraith, Judy (1985). Managing the Social and EmotionalNeeds of Gifted Children: A Teacher Survival Guide.
A companion to the Gifted Kids Survival Guide, it contains dozens of concrete strategies for teachers of gifted education. Contents include resolving conflicts at school and at home, managing stress and handling feelings of differences.
Sockwell, Dick (1993). Beyond Grades.
A parents handbook for developing the real skills for school success.
Walker, Sally Y. (1991). The Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Kids.
A good introductory book for parents which provides perspective on how gifted children view themselves and the world, some typical problems that may occur (along with some advice on how to handle them) and an overview of educational options, with tips on how to advocate for your childs education.
Webb, James, Meckstroth,
This award-winning book provides time-proven guidance about such frequent concerns as motivation, discipline, peer relations, sibling relations, communication of feelings, stress management and depression.