If you have a gifted child or if you’re wondering if your child is gifted, your head is probably already spinning. Is your child is struggling in some way: emotionally, educationally, or even socially? Do you just want to learn more? Whatever your reason, these top five gifted resources can help wrap your head around giftedness.
Stephanie S. Tolan’s article uses a cheetah analogy to help understand giftedness and, in particular, gifted children who might struggle in school. You might notice that your child is different than his peers. It’s possible she is very successful at school, but it’s equally possible she is not, even though you know she has the ability. Whatever brought you to this point, Stephanie’s article might help give you some perspective on why.
TiltParenting podcast and book Differently Wired
Debbie Reber is the mom to Asher who is differently wired. She struggled for years trying to learn how to best support him in school and in life. The Tilt Parenting podcast is full of experts across the board to give you insight on everything from school to emotions to talking to your child about the birds and the bees. Her book Differently Wired is a “how-to, a manifesto, a book of wise advice, and the best kind of been-there, done-that companion.”
Hoagie’s is a one-stop shop for resources. Their home page says, “Welcome to Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page, the all-things-gifted site, full of resources, articles, books and links to help and support parents, teachers, and gifted children alike. Pick your path, and explore them all!” And it is true. If you are new, start at Gifted 101: First Time Visitors. After that, whatever information you seek, you will likely find it here.
Linda Kreger Silverman is a licensed psychologist who has been studying learning differences for over 40 years. She founded the Gifted Development Center in 1979 and coined the term “visual-spatial learner.” She has authored over 300 articles, chapters, and books. Giftedness 101 is one of her many books and a great place to get an in-depth understanding of giftedness.
She also founded the Gifted Development Center in Colorado.
NAGC’s mission is “to support those who enhance the growth and development of gifted and talented children through education, advocacy, community, and research.” They have lots of information about giftedness and gifted education in the United States.
Giftedness is a journey. It is often a long, sometimes lonely, winding road. I hope these resources help take the loneliness out of your journey. There are so many ways to support and understand your child, but you can’t do it without educating yourself about what it means to be gifted. This list is just the beginning of many gifted resources available to support you and your gifted child.