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Parenting gifted children is “…the world’s biggest, highest, longest roller coaster…a theme park full of thrill rides. Sometimes you smile. Sometimes you gasp. Sometimes you scream. Sometimes you laugh. Sometimes you gaze in wonder and astonishment.” This updated, user-friendly guidebook educates parents and teachers about important issues facing gifted children and the adults who guide them, such as selecting appropriate schools, expanding and differentiating the curriculum for gifted learners, and supporting children who experience stress, depression, perfectionism, friendship issues, and more. The information and useful advice contained in this book make it an ideal resource for those just starting to learn about gifted children, as well as seasoned veterans.
- Is my child gifted or just smart?
- Characteristics of gifted children
- How schools identify gifted children
- Types of gifted programs
- Learning options and the ideal classroom
- How parents and teachers can work together
- Parenting approaches
- Social and emotional needs
|Publisher:||Great Potential Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Dr. Whitney was chosen by the Ohio State Treasurer Richard Cordray to receive the first Personal Finance Literacy Award in the state. She was named Outstanding Mathematics Teacher by the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Dr. Whitney was also named Teacher of the Year by her school's teaching staff, and was also named State Teacher of the Year by the Ohio Association of Gifted Teachers. She previously served on the OWjL Board as it was forming.
Recently, Dr. Whitney presented new research on the gifted brain at OSU Newark and has presented to parents of gifted students in Ohio communities including Worthington, Hilliard, Upper Arlington, and Dublin.
President of both The Stevens/St. John Company and Midwest Book Doctors, Gretchen Hirsch produces award-winning business communications and web content for clients in finance, insurance, healthcare, and education and provides editorial services for nonfiction writers. She speaks frequently at professional meetings and writers' conferences on issues ranging from grammar and usage to time management for communicators.
Hirsch is the author of Talking Your Way to the Top: Business English that Works (Prometheus Books) Womanhours: A 21-Day Time Management Plan that Works (St. Martin's Press), and Is It It's or Its? An Off-the-Shelf Guide for Everyone Who Writes. She co-authored Bud Wilkinson: An Intimate Portrait of an American Legend (Sagamore), and her articles have been featured in Woman's Day, Redbook, Equal Play, The Science Teacher, The Professional Communicator, Gifted Child Today, and others.
Read an Excerpt
Parenting a gifted child is like living in a theme park full of thrill rides. Sometimes you smile. Sometimes you gasp. Sometimes you scream. Sometimes you laugh. Sometimes you gaze in wonder and astonishment. Sometimes you're frozen in your seat. Sometimes you're proud. And sometimes the ride is so nerve-racking, you can't do anything but cry.
Any and all of these reactions are normal, depending on your child and his development. Gifted children are an enormous challenge for parents. These children go through the same developmental stages that other children do, but not in the same way. One part of the child--the cognitive, or thinking, ability--is "older" than the other parts of the personality. This situation is called "asynchronous development" because the child's intellect is out of "sync" with his less developed emotional, social (and sometimes physical) abilities. Asynchronous development can leave a gifted child, as well as parents or teachers, feeling stymied, frustrated, baffled, puzzled, and confused.
Imagine, if you can, that you are five years old, but you can think like a fourth-grader. Where do you find your friends? The five-year-olds are too immature, and the 10-olds don't take you seriously. If they want you around at all, it's as a sort of mascot, not as a peer. Physically, you can't do the things the fourth-graders can: you can't hit a ball very well; you have trouble riding a two-wheeler; you can't run as fast as they can. No matter how hard you try, you'll always be behind the physical and emotional curve set by your older classmates. It's like being a person who speaks only German and travels to Italy and France. You like beingthere, but because the language and cultures are different, it's hard to be understood and to get what you need.
Gifted children are part of neither one of their so-called peer groups, and they are subject to teasing, put-downs, and ridicule from both children and adults. It's no wonder, then, that they sometimes feel "out-of-whack," weird, inept, and angry. Their emotions, already exquisitely sensitive, are exposed, raw, and tender, and their lack of emotional maturity can make their lives--and yours--a challenge at best and a nightmare at worst.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments
Section I: An Introduction to Giftedness
Chapter 1. The World's Biggest, Highest, Longest Roller Coaster
Chapter 2. Is My Child Gifted--Or Just Smart?
Section II: Your Gifted Child and the School
Chapter 3. Testing and Screening: How Schools Identify Giftedness
Chapter 4. Parents and Teachers: Understanding One Another
Chapter 5. Helping Gifted Children Learn
Chapter 6. The Classroom and Beyond: Learning Options for Gifted Children
Chapter 7. Making Choices: What's Best for Your Child?
Chapter 8. Learning Contracts: What They Are and What They Do
Section III: Parenting and Teaching Strategies that Work
Chapter 9. Building Trust, Building Relationships
Chapter 10. Accepting the Gifted Child
Chapter 11. Supporting Gifted Children
Chapter 12. Working Together for the Child's Sake
Chapter 13. Questions and Answers
Chapter 14. Parent to Parent--A Story of Hope
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