The Gifted Kids' Survival Guide: A Teen Handbook


Written with help from hundreds of gifted teenagers, this handbook is the ultimate guide to surviving and thriving in a world that doesn’t always value, support, or understand high ability.

Full of surprising facts, step-by-step strategies, practical how-tos, and inspiring quotations, featuring insightful essays contributed by gifted teens and adults, the book gives readers ...

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Written with help from hundreds of gifted teenagers, this handbook is the ultimate guide to surviving and thriving in a world that doesn’t always value, support, or understand high ability.

Full of surprising facts, step-by-step strategies, practical how-tos, and inspiring quotations, featuring insightful essays contributed by gifted teens and adults, the book gives readers the tools they need to understand giftedness, accept it as an asset, and use it to make the most of who they are.

Teens learn the facts about giftedness, including:

  • what “giftedness” means (and doesn’t mean)
  • the truth about IQ, tests, and testing (and four reasons why tests can’t be trusted)
  • how to take charge of their lives (including expectations, perfectionism, multipotential, mistakes, goal setting, time management, assertiveness, gender issues, ethnic issues, and stress)
  • how to take charge of their education (knowing their rights as students, exploring their options, changing the system, choosing a college, and alternatives to college)
  • how to find friends who are right for them
  • how to talk to parents
  • how to be “net-smart” and have safe, fun online relationships
  • information about teen suicide—and how to intervene with a troubled friend
  • a wealth of additional resources including books, publications, associations, programs, and Web sites
  • and much more –
The Gifted Kids’ Survival Guide: A Teen Handbook is a must for gifted teens, their parents, teachers, counselors, and anyone who cares about smart, creative, curious kids.

Examines issues that are of concern for young people who have been labeled "gifted," discussing what the label means, intelligence testing, educational options, and relationships with parents and friends. Includes first-person essays on being gifted.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Cynthia L. Blinn
Galbraith and Delisle have compiled an amazing resource, wherein gifted and talented persons will recognize and better understand themselves. Adolescence is rough (duh), being labeled gifted compounds the torment. The authors write, "[W]e wish this book wasn't necessary...if our culture genuinely valued giftedness and every[one] was encouraged to reach [their] potential...[s]chools would teach all students in the ways they learn best." Insightful and humorous, the book offers guidance for coping and growth and provides a wealth of information for gifted kids, their parents, and their teachers. Beyond the expected discussions of giftedness, intelligence, and IQ tests, this book empowers youth to take control of their lives and educations. Kids are encouraged to explore their worlds, creating and maintaining options for their futures. A section on perfectionism versus pursuing excellence promotes the latter and discusses "the value of mistakes." Interpersonal skills are addressed, including tips to diplomatic interactions with teachers, administrators, parents, and peers. Inspirational marginalia, abundant student quotations, and "gifted people speak out" essays enhance the text. The user-friendly layout makes this comprehensive resource readily accessible. Once discovered by gifted kids, the book will circulate. Urge teachers, counselors, and parents to read it. I will use it in inclusionary classrooms; I wish I had found it as an adolescent. Index. Illus. Source Notes. Further Reading.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Some things get better and better, and this well-designed revision of a 1987 title is one sterling example. Aimed at secondary students, the book is so well done and so useful in terms of the explanations, answers, resources, and insights it provides that parents and teachers will also find it to be a fascinating and valuable resource. Discussions include definitions of giftedness; IQ tests and testing; perfectionism; self-assertion in educational surroundings; goal setting; relationships with parents, teachers, and peers; general concerns of adolescence; gender and ethnic considerations of giftedness; choosing a college; teen suicide, especially among gifted and talented students; and a host of other issues. The revisions are based in large part on the thousands of responses the authors received from a questionnaire administered to gifted students both in the U.S. and abroad, and one of the strongest features is the many "Gifted People Speak Out" reports found throughout. These personal testimonies add enormous credibility to the project. Gifted Kids tackles head-on the mystery and confusion that often surround the use of the word "gifted." Historical context and evolving, even contradictory, definitions of giftedness are explained in an expository style that is fresh and appealing. The abundant self-check quizzes make the book refreshingly interactive. The text is topped off with a useful list of additional resources, including web sites. A superior resource that provides so many fine ideas and fresh insights that it clearly has the potential to transform lives.-Jerry D. Flack, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575420035
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/15/1996
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 11 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.35 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy Galbraith, M.A., has a master’s degree in guidance and counseling of the gifted. She has worked with and taught gifted children and teens, their parents, and their teachers for over 20 years. In 1983, she started Free Spirit Publishing, which specializes in Self-Help for Kids® and Self-Help for Teens® books and other learning materials.

James R. Delisle, Ph.D., has taught gifted children and those who work on their behalf for more than 30 years. He retired from Kent State University in 2008 after 25 years of service as a professor of special education. Throughout his career, James also worked as a part-time teacher of gifted middle school children. This weekly excursion into the real world of public school classrooms helped to cement both James’ professional credibility and his respect for the hectic lives of classroom teachers. His work’s practical application is a direct result of this weekly intervention into the world of schools.

The author of more than 250 articles and 14 books, James' work has been translated into multiple languages, and has appeared in professional journals as well as The New York Times and on The Oprah Winfrey Show. A frequent presenter on gifted children’s intellectual and emotional growth, Jim has addressed audiences in 48 states and numerous nations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2007

    This book was written for my gifted child.

    I bought this book years ago for my daughter and have just recently pulled it out again. It beautifully handles so many of the topics that relate to gifted young people who struggle with social issues and finding peers. My daughter's school wanted her to seek counseling because of her overexcitablity and her advisor regularly criticized her for things directly related to her being gifted 'carrying a book with her, etc.'. This book explains that her actions are typical for those untypical gifted students. If you are a gifted child or the parent of a gifted child who struggles with perfectionism or social issues, buy this book. I am donating one to the school library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2002

    "Gifted" Makes Kids Stuck Up

    "The Gifted Kids' Survival Guide: A Teen Handbook" failed to show honors students that they are the same as everyone else. As a class assignment, I was forced to read this book. By doing so, I realized that EVERYONE is gifted. So what if its not academically. This book kept mentioning how we were "gifted" and "talented" proving how little the author was able to relate to teens.

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