The Gifted Kids Workbook: Mindfulness Skills to Help Children Reduce Stress, Balance Emotions, and Build Confidence

The Gifted Kids Workbook: Mindfulness Skills to Help Children Reduce Stress, Balance Emotions, and Build Confidence


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Help your gifted child embrace their uniqueness. In this workbook, a therapist offers fun activities and strategies to help children ages 7 to 12 boost self-confidence, reduce stress and overwhelm, and balance emotions.

As a parent, you understand the blessings and the challenges of raising a gifted child more than anyone. Although gifted kids are often seen as intellectually and academically privileged, those same gifts can also create challenges. For example, kids are often quite aware of their differences, and this awareness can negatively impact their sense of self and confidence in the world. This engaging workbook directly addresses the psychological needs of gifted children using a powerful combination of mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and self-compassion strategies.

With this workbook, your child will gain a better understanding of their unique gifts and learn essential strategies to help regulate their emotions, manage anxiety, improve mood, and navigate social relationships. Young readers will learn that they are not alone in their experiences, and that much of what others might consider to be different or strange about them is actually quite typical within the context of giftedness.

For children, feeling different from others can be difficult. With this workbook, your child will learn that they have an important place in the world, and that their gifts are something to celebrate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684030880
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 08/01/2018
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 283,808
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range: 5 - 12 Years

About the Author

Heather Boorman, MSW, LCSW, is a therapist, writer, and speaker specializing in supporting families impacted by the joys and challenges of giftedness/twice exceptionality. Heather founded and works at Boorman Counseling and writes/podcasts at to provide real support to parents who love a differently wired child.

Foreword writer Carolyn K. is founder and director of Hoagies’ Gifted, Inc.—a nonprofit dedicated to supporting gifted individuals, families, and professionals who work with them. Works include Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page and 50,000-member social media communities.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Letter to Parents ix

Section 1 Understanding Giftedness

Activity 1 You Are Not an Alien, but You Are Different 2

Activity 2 Your Inner Differences 8

Section 2 Enjoying the Intensities of Giftedness

Activity 3 Living Life with Intensity 14

Activity 4 Healthy Ways to Express Intense Emotions 21

Activity 5 Balancing Your Brain to Balance Your Emotions 27

Activity 6 More to Manage Big Emotions 32

Activity 7 Harnessing the Power of Your Super-Senses 37

Activity 8 Feeding and Focusing Your Intense Intellect 44

Activity 9 Unleashing Your Creativity While Staying Grounded 47

Activity 10 Managing Intense Body Energy 51

Section 3 Healing the Common Struggles of Being Gifted

Activity 11 Mindful Ways to Slow Down and Be Calm 58

Activity 12 The Difference Between "Knowing" and "Learning" 63

Activity 13 Coping with Frustration 70

Activity 14 Managing Anxiety 77

Activity 15 You Can't Be Perfect 83

Activity 16 Help for When You Feel Down 89

Activity 17 "What's the Point?" 94

Section 4 Improving Friendships and Social Connections

Activity 18 Building Wise Friendships 100

Activity 19 Being a Good Listener 106

Activity 20 Expressing and Advocating for Yourself 110

Activity 21 Being Flexible 117

Activity 22 You Can Choose What You Care About 126

Section 5 Choosing Your Identity

Activity 23 Dealing with the Pressure of Being Identified as Gifted 132

Activity 24 Being the Kid You Want to Be 136

Activity 25 Are You Introverted or Extroverted, and Why Does It Matter? 140

Activity 26 Being Good at a Lot of Things 144

Activity 27 You Are More Than Your Gifts 149

Acknowledgments 157


Boorman resides in New Richmond, WI.

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