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Based on new surveys of nearly 1,500 gifted teens, this book is the ultimate guide to thriving in a world that doesn’t always support or understand high ability. Full of surprising facts, survey results, step-by-step strategies, inspiring teen quotes, and insightful expert essays, the guide gives readers the tools they need to appreciate their giftedness as an asset and use it to make the most of who they are. The fourth edition has been revised for a new generation of high-end learners and includes information ...
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Overview


Based on new surveys of nearly 1,500 gifted teens, this book is the ultimate guide to thriving in a world that doesn’t always support or understand high ability. Full of surprising facts, survey results, step-by-step strategies, inspiring teen quotes, and insightful expert essays, the guide gives readers the tools they need to appreciate their giftedness as an asset and use it to make the most of who they are. The fourth edition has been revised for a new generation of high-end learners and includes information on twice-exceptionality, emotional and social intelligence, creativity, teen brain development, managing life online, testing and standards, homeschooling, International Baccalaureate programs, college alternatives, STEM careers, cyberbullying, and other hot topics.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“This book provides gentle, straightforward, and realistic advice to teens who find that their giftedness is not always simple. The tone indicates quite clearly that the authors have a deep understanding of gifted minds and gifted children. Gifted young people everywhere should have access to this book, and the adults who work with them will gain a better understanding of them from it.”—School Library Journal

“This frank appraisal of the challenges and rewards of being smarter than your average bear continues to provide effective self-confidence-building advice on a broad array of issues . . . discussions of “intensity,” of being “2E,” and other specialized topics add a distinctive slant.—Booklist

“This updated 4th version is better than ever, keeping the best themes from the older versions but in a readable new format, and including lots of new stuff, too.—Hoagies' Gifted Education Page

VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

February 2012

Galbraith, Judy and Jim Delisle. The Gifted Teen Survival Guide: Smart, Sharp, and Ready for (Almost) Anything.  Free Spirit, 2011. 272p. $15.99 Trade pb. 978-1575423814. Index. Illus. Charts. Further Reading.

This new edition of the standard guide contains new information and updates for today’s gifted teenagers. Previous editions were titled, The Gifted Kids’ Survival Guide: A Teen Handbook. New survey information gathered from 1,400 teens forms the basis for this edition. In sidebars called, “The Survey Says,” students are quoted on subjects such as IQ testing, developing a philosophy of life, and what makes a great teacher. “Gifted People Speak Out” are essays written by adults about their experiences as gifted teens. Quizzes and lists of tips (e.g., “12 Tips for Making and Keeping Friends,” “10 Tips for Talking to Teachers,” “10 Tips for Combating Perfectionism”) provide specific suggestions for handling complex issues facing gifted students, and also provide means for directly engaging readers. The book is organized into nine chapters including information on questions such as: What is giftedness and intelligence? How do I experience the world and deal with intense feelings? How can I manage time and handle stress? How can I advocate for school changes that better suit my needs? What educational alternatives do I have (e.g., home schooling, online universities, virtual learning)? How do I choose a college and make decisions about internships and gap years? What should I do if I’m teased, bullied, or cyberbullied? When is it important to please (or not) my parents? What if I am gifted and gay, or twice exceptional (gifted and have a disability)?

This guide is readable, engaging, and positive without being moralistic. It offers answers and suggestions that are not simplistic. In today’s financial climate, many programs for gifted teenagers have been cut, leaving students to act as their own advocates. This book can help them negotiate their way through the snares of being a teenager with confidence and success.— Florence Munat.

“Judy and Jim have outdone themselves with the 4th edition of their popular survival guide. This book is essential reading for gifted teens, as well as for their parents and teachers. It’s one of the most comprehensive overviews of the issues gifted adolescents face. Packaged in a lively and easy-to-read format, the book offers myriad practical tips for students.”

 —Del Siegle, Ph.D., professor, University of Connecticut, and past president of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

 “This new edition is the best yet! It has a fabulous format that is very appealing to teens. I consider it a ‘must have’ book.” —Margaret Gosfield, acquisitions editor, Gifted Education Communicator

The Gifted Teen Survival Guide is chock full of useful information for gifted teens and the adults who care about them. In these pages you will find an open, honest discussion of what it means to be gifted, as well as all kinds of tips for relating to the world as you are and for taking yourself wherever you want to go! Galbraith and Delisle skip the platitudes, deconstruct common misconceptions, and get to the heart (and brain) of real issues for gifted teens.”

—Corin Barsily Goodwin, executive director, Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, and author of Making the Choice: When Typical School Doesn't Work for Your Typical Child

“Teachers and parents of gifted adolescents will glean insight into social and emotional challenges faced by gifted teens as they explore this valuable resource.”—Gifted Child Today

From the Publisher
“This book provides gentle, straightforward, and realistic advice to teens who find that their giftedness is not always simple. The tone indicates quite clearly that the authors have a deep understanding of gifted minds and gifted children. Gifted young people everywhere should have access to this book, and the adults who work with them will gain a better understanding of them from it.”—School Library Journal

“This frank appraisal of the challenges and rewards of being smarter than your average bear continues to provide effective self-confidence-building advice on a broad array of issues . . . discussions of “intensity,” of being “2E,” and other specialized topics add a distinctive slant.—Booklist

“This updated 4th version is better than ever, keeping the best themes from the older versions but in a readable new format, and including lots of new stuff, too.—Hoagies' Gifted Education Page

VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

February 2012

 

Galbraith, Judy and Jim Delisle. The Gifted Teen Survival Guide: Smart, Sharp, and Ready for (Almost) Anything.  Free Spirit, 2011. 272p. $15.99 Trade pb. 978-1575423814. Index. Illus. Charts. Further Reading.

 

This new edition of the standard guide contains new information and updates for today’s gifted teenagers. Previous editions were titled, The Gifted Kids’ Survival Guide: A Teen Handbook. New survey information gathered from 1,400 teens forms the basis for this edition. In sidebars called, “The Survey Says,” students are quoted on subjects such as IQ testing, developing a philosophy of life, and what makes a great teacher. “Gifted People Speak Out” are essays written by adults about their experiences as gifted teens. Quizzes and lists of tips (e.g., “12 Tips for Making and Keeping Friends,” “10 Tips for Talking to Teachers,” “10 Tips for Combating Perfectionism”) provide specific suggestions for handling complex issues facing gifted students, and also provide means for directly engaging readers. The book is organized into nine chapters including information on questions such as: What is giftedness and intelligence? How do I experience the world and deal with intense feelings? How can I manage time and handle stress? How can I advocate for school changes that better suit my needs? What educational alternatives do I have (e.g., home schooling, online universities, virtual learning)? How do I choose a college and make decisions about internships and gap years? What should I do if I’m teased, bullied, or cyberbullied? When is it important to please (or not) my parents? What if I am gifted and gay, or twice exceptional (gifted and have a disability)?

 

This guide is readable, engaging, and positive without being moralistic. It offers answers and suggestions that are not simplistic. In today’s financial climate, many programs for gifted teenagers have been cut, leaving students to act as their own advocates. This book can help them negotiate their way through the snares of being a teenager with confidence and success.— Florence Munat.

“Judy and Jim have outdone themselves with the 4th edition of their popular survival guide. This book is essential reading for gifted teens, as well as for their parents and teachers. It’s one of the most comprehensive overviews of the issues gifted adolescents face. Packaged in a lively and easy-to-read format, the book offers myriad practical tips for students.”

 —Del Siegle, Ph.D., professor, University of Connecticut, and past president of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

 “This new edition is the best yet! It has a fabulous format that is very appealing to teens. I consider it a ‘must have’ book.” —Margaret Gosfield, acquisitions editor, Gifted Education Communicator

The Gifted Teen Survival Guide is chock full of useful information for gifted teens and the adults who care about them. In these pages you will find an open, honest discussion of what it means to be gifted, as well as all kinds of tips for relating to the world as you are and for taking yourself wherever you want to go! Galbraith and Delisle skip the platitudes, deconstruct common misconceptions, and get to the heart (and brain) of real issues for gifted teens.”

—Corin Barsily Goodwin, executive director, Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, and author of Making the Choice: When Typical School Doesn't Work for Your Typical Child

“Teachers and parents of gifted adolescents will glean insight into social and emotional challenges faced by gifted teens as they explore this valuable resource.”—Gifted Child Today

Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
Though especially written for highly intelligent teenagers, much of the advice and information applies to teenagers in general. As used here "gifted" applies to all forms of gifts and talents. A gifted person may also be dyslexic or be ADD/ADHD. Topics dealt with are: What IQ really means, understanding and dealing with your personality type, advice on practicing skills you want to retain and getting enough sleep, tips for combating perfectionism, good or bad video gaming habits, suggestions for study habits, overcoming school boredom with tips for talking to teachers or using the Internet, getting into the right college, and developing your relationship skills. Lists of helpful tips, teen surveys, essays by teens, and inserts of special information appear throughout the text. Recommended resources on each topic appear at the back. This book gives gifted teens a handle on navigating these stressful years. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
VOYA - Florence Munat
This new edition of the standard guide contains new information and updates for today's gifted teenagers. Previous editions were titled, The Gifted Kids' Survival Guide: A Teen Handbook. New survey information gathered from 1,400 teens forms the basis for this edition. In sidebars called, "The Survey Says," students are quoted on subjects such as IQ testing, developing a philosophy of life, and what makes a great teacher. "Gifted People Speak Out" are essays written by adults about their experiences as gifted teens. Quizzes and lists of tips (e.g., "12 Tips for Making and Keeping Friends," "10 Tips for Talking to Teachers," "10 Tips for Combating Perfectionism") provide specific suggestions for handling complex issues facing gifted students, and also provide means for directly engaging readers. The book is organized into nine chapters including information on questions such as: What is giftedness and intelligence? How do I experience the world and deal with intense feelings? How can I manage time and handle stress? How can I advocate for school changes that better suit my needs? What educational alternatives do I have (e.g., home schooling, online universities, virtual learning)? How do I choose a college and make decisions about internships and gap years? What should I do if I'm teased, bullied, or cyberbullied? When is it important to please (or not) my parents? What if I am gifted and gay, or twice exceptional (gifted and have a disability)? This guide is readable, engaging, and positive without being moralistic. It offers answers and suggestions that are not simplistic. In today's financial climate, many programs for gifted teenagers have been cut, leaving students to act as their own advocates. This book can help them negotiate their way through the snares of being a teenager with confidence and success. Reviewer: Florence Munat
Kirkus Reviews

While gifted teens may seem to be best prepared of all adolescents to cope with life, this effort offers specific, often pithy advice for a sometimes-neglected group's special needs.

Many school systems now make some effort to identify students who are gifted, while not fully agreeing on what that term means. Beginning with a close look at how giftedness is identified, the authors move on to cover in detail how to deal with parents, friends and teachers, twice exceptionality (for example, Asperger's syndrome and giftedness together), how to make schools better serve unique talents, how to choose and prepare for college, how to deal with relationships and, finally, good advice on a variety of topics relevant for most teens: sexuality, depression and "existential crises." Sections of advice are interrupted by smart, sometimes funny essays by a variety of gifted people talking about their teen years. This is an updated, fourth edition of a work that was first published in 1983; it feels fresh and timely, with information about current topics such as online education and the distractions of and dependence on electronic media. A detailed table of contents will make it easier for readers to identify especially pertinent sections, if they don't want to read through the entire work.

An intelligent, entertaining look at the unique and not-so-unique issues that gifted teens face. (Self-help. 11 & up)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575423814
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/7/2011
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition, Revised, Revised & Updated 4th Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 243,622
  • Age range: 11 - 18 Years
  • Lexile: 1150L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (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 almost thirty years. In 1983, she started Free Spirit Publishing, which specializes in Self-Help for Kids® and Self-Help for Teens® books and other learning resources. She is the author of numerous books, including The Gifted Kids’ Survival Guide: For Ages 10 & Under. Judy lives in Minneapolis.

Jim Delisle, Ph.D., has taught gifted children and those who work on their behalf for more than thirty years, primarily as a professor of special education at Kent State University. He is a frequent presenter on gifted children’s intellectual and emotional growth, and the author of more than 250 articles and books. Jim splits his time between homes in Ohio and South Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

How & Why We Wrote This Book

About This Book

Chapter 1: Giftedness 101
Gifted: A Definition
Who Gets Left Out?
The “Gifted” Label: Burden or Benefit?
Gifted People Speak Out: “My Life So Far . . .” by Alicia Bierstadt
Maddening Myths
What This Means to You
Are You 2E? One Label, Many Facets
Expert Essay: “Can You Imagine?” by Mike Postma

Chapter 2: IQ & More
What Is Intelligence?
What IQ Really Means
When Tests Fail
EQ: What’s Your Emotional Intelligence?
SQ: How Likeable Are You?
Expert Essay: “It’s Your Charm That Matters (or Advice from the Fart Joke Writer)” by Chad Gervich
CQ: The Importance of Being Creative

Chapter 3: Brains on Fire
Meet Your Brain
How Your Gifted Brain Learns
You Can Mold Your Mind
Your Brain On Sleep
Gifted People Speak Out: “My Sleep Experiment” by Joel Oliver
Move Your Body & Your Mind Will Follow
We’re Not Going to Tell You What to Eat, But . . .

Chapter 4: Taking Charge of Your Life
Great Expectations
The Perfectionism Plight
Gifted People Speak Out: “Escaping the Perfectionist Trap” by Sarah Boon
Mindset: Are You a Born-Smart or a Try-Hard?
The Value of Mistakes
Gifted People Speak Out: “Off-Center & Smudged” by Amanda Martin
Managing Your Time On- & Off-line
Revolutionizing Your Study Habits
Being Assertive
Gender & Culture: What Are the Issues?
Expert Essay: “Start Seeing Gifted Hispanics” by Patty Rendon
Handling S-T-R-E-S-S

Chapter 5: Becoming Your Own Advocate in School
Who Is School For?
National Standards: Why You Should Care
Your Rights as a Student
What If Your Teacher Says No?
Expert Essay: “Be Disruptive” by Chad Anderson
Exploring Your Options: AP, IB, Early College, & More
Gifted People Speak Out: “Say It Out Loud” by Morgan Brown
Homeschooling: Can You School Yourself?
Gifted People Speak Out: “I Was a Teenage Underachiever” by Elizabeth Chapman
If You Don’t Like the System, Change It!

Chapter 6: College & Beyond
College Bound: A Prescription for Success
Does It Matter Where You Go to College?
Expert Essay: “Who Gets In & Why” by Danita Salone
Practical Considerations (Like, Uh, Money)
Gifted People Speak Out: “You Are Not You Yet” by Alec Bojalad
Multipotentiality: Life’s Ultimate Buffet
Alternatives to College: Your Road Less Traveled
Gifted People Speak Out: “My Gap Year” by Olivia Fauland
Welcome to the 21st-Century Job Market

Chapter 7: Relationships
Navigating the Social World
Gifted People Speak Out: “Transatlantic Ping Pong” by Yuval Berman
Finding Friends Who Are Right for You
Gifted People Speak Out: “Between Two Worlds” by Olivia Patrick
Dealing with Teasing, Bullying, & Cyberbullying
How to Be Net Smart & Web Wise
Raising Your Parents
Strategies for Successful Family Conversations

Chapter 8: On Being Gifted… and a Teenager

Understanding Adolescence (or Trying To)
Gifted People Speak Out: “Harnessing Your Passions” by Zach Ricci-Braum
A Guide to Intensities
Expert Essay: “Do You Have to Be So Intense?” by Susan Daniels
Gifted & Gay
Gifted People Speak Out: “Accept the Confusion” by Alex Menrinsky
More Than Teen Angst: Depression & Suicide
What Does It All Mean? Developing a Philosophy of Life
Life Lessons in a Flat World: Advice from Thomas Friedman
Gifted People Speak Out: “The Sky Is Not the Limit” by Jalil Bishop

Additional Resources

Books & Publications

Associations & Programs

Contests, Competitions, & Scholarships

Websites & Video Games

Index

About the Authors

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