FAQs for Professionals

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Professionals

Tips from the Field (For professionals!)

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As a parent, what do you want your friendly neighborhood therapist, pediatrician, teacher or coach to know about your child or how your child thinks or behaves?

As a professional, what would help you to understand the children you work with and their families? What are some of the issues you may face repeatedly? Which are indicators of giftedness or twice-exceptionality that is either "normal" or pathological? Why are these families homeschooling instead of sending their children to school? These articles will give you clues about what to look for in children who present along this continuum in order to best serve their healthcare needs, care for the whole child, and help them reach their full potential. They also provide resources for further exploration.

What is gifted?

Why are gifted children sometimes called "asynchronous?" What does it mean to be "many ages at once?"

Does giftedness change over time?

How can I recognize a kid who has "shut down"? How can parents and caregivers help?

What is "twice exceptional" (2e)?

Do gifted children also suffer from learning disabilities? How are they discovered?

What about acceleration?

I’ve been told that academic acceleration was harmful and that kids needed their age peers, now you say they need their intellectual peers? Which is it?

What do I need to know about testing?

What is the ceiling effect and what does it mean for gifted kids?

What are levels of giftedness?

Don’t all gifted kids have the same needs?

What are Dabrowski’s Overexcitabilities?

Who was Kazimierz Dąbrowski, and why does his Overexcitability (OE) Framework and Theory of Positive Disintegration matter?

What are some resources for finding the right professional fit?

Does giftedness matter to mental health care?

Why?

How do I choose the right mental health professional?

What are some other important topics I might want to read about?

Can you suggest some organizations, websites & mailing lists for further information?

  • GHF Professionals on Yahoogroups is a low-volume email list for professionals in any field who work with -- or would like to work with gifted and twice-exceptional children. Sign up for this free yahoogroups list for the latest news on special challenges inherent in working with these children and their families.
  • Learn about gifted and homeschooled children by reading relevant Articles on the GHF site and external links.
  • Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) includes an indispensible list of articles and resources for the professional or for the parent seeking professional services for themself or their child.
  • The Davidson Institute's Educators Guild is a free national service for active elementary, secondary and post-secondary educators who are committed to meeting the unique academic needs of gifted (but not necessarily 2e or homeschooled) students.
  • If you are interested in real life experience working with twice exceptional (2e) students, check out Bridges Academy, a college preparatory school dedicated to educating the kids during their later (grades 5-12) school years. Bridges Academy is building an intensive professional development program by having educators do research, professional development and internships at their facility. This program attracts professionals who are really drawn to and involved in 2e education -- not just for Bridges but for other programs and fledgling schools in the field.
  • Hoagies' Gifted Education Page: Educators has all kinds of resources for understanding and helping gifted children. Hoagies' Gifted Education Page: Counseling has a range of terrific articles, as well.
  • National Association of Gifted Children offers a variety of resources focused on gifted education.

Are there any books you would recommend I read (or that I can share with our providers)?

What are some courses I can take as a professional to learn more about gifted children?

  • The University of Iowa's Belin-Blank Center and Davidson Institute for Talent Development's Educators Guild are leading the way in specialty teacher training in gifted education. Taught in part by nationally-renowned professor Dr. Nicholas Colangelo, the Belin-Blank program allows teachers to complete the entire curriculum online without setting foot on campus. Through the DITD Educators Guild program, teachers can take a course at the University of Nevada, Reno campus titled EDS 691: Introduction to Gifted Education – What you must know to effect change, which provides an overview of gifted education and what educators and administrators can do to effect change in their districts.
  • SENG Continuing Education Home Study Courses (APA approved) for psychologists and others with graduate-level training in mental health disciplines:Earn credit from your home, work at your own pace and prepare to better serve the gifted community. The SENG Home Study Courses are developed from leading resource books on aspects of giftedness.

I’d like to know what others in my field have to say about giftedness.

Take a look at our Tips from Professionals.

 

Questions? Contact Director of Professional Outreach Mika Gustavson.

 

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