Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Professionals
- What is gifted?
- What is twice-exceptional?
- What about acceleration?
- What do I need to know about testing?
- What are levels of giftedness?
- What are Dabrowski’s Overexcitabilities?
- What are some resources for finding the right professional fit?
- Does giftedness matter in mental health care?
- What are some important topics I might want to read about?
- Can you suggest some organizations, websites & mailing lists for further information?
- Do you have any recommended books?
- What are some courses I can take as a professional to learn more about gifted children?
Tips from the Field (For professionals!)
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.
Why are gifted children sometimes called "asynchronous?" What does it mean to be "many ages at once?"
- This Is Alisa, public service announcement from the Asynchronous Scholars’ Fund
- What is Gifted? from the Gifted Development Center
- Foundations for Understanding the Social-Emotional Needs of the Highly Gifted
- Traits of Gifted Children
- Lots of other articles on defining giftedness from Gifted Homeschoolers Forum
Does giftedness change over time?
- Do abilities even out in Third Grade?
- Exposing Gifted Myths: Abilities Even Out in Third Grade
- Small Poppies: Highly Gifted Children in the Early Years, by Miraca U.M. Gross
- Can ‘Genius’ Be Detected in Infancy? by Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D., pointing out the high correlation both between IQ scores and between academic achievement obtained at ages 3 and 21
How can I recognize a kid who has "shut down"? How can parents and caregivers help?
- Hidden Gifted Learner, by D.V. Lovecky
- Is It a Cheetah? by Stephanie S. Tolan
- What a Child Doesn’t Learn, by Tracy Inman
Do gifted children also suffer from learning disabilities? How are they discovered?
- Gifted with Learning Disability at Eides’ Neurolearning blog
- FAQ about Gifted and Talented/Learning Disabled programs and services from Montgomery County, VA, with links to good articles about twice exceptional children and how to work with them, including parent guide available in English, French, Chinese, Spanish and Vietnamese
- GHF’s Twice-Exceptional Resources page
- The Two-Edged Sword of Compensation: How the Gifted Cope with Learning Disabilities, by Linda Silverman
- Sensory Issues and Gifted Children, by Paula Jarrard, MS OTR
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?
- A Look Back at Educational Non-Acceleration: An International Tragedy
- National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) on acceleration
- A Nation Deceived
- Nine Research-Supported Facts about Gifted Education, by J.M. McIntosh
- The Effects of Acceleration on the Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Students, by L. Pollins
- Excerpt from “the saddest sound” to the D Major chord: The gift of accelerated progression, by Miraca U.M. Gross
What is the ceiling effect and what does it mean for gifted kids?
- Discovering Highly Gifted Students
- Hidden Gifted Learner: The Exceptionally Gifted Child, by D.V. Lovecky
- Testing and Assessment of Gifted Children
Don’t all gifted kids have the same needs?
- What is Highly Gifted? Exceptionally Gifted? Profoundly Gifted? And What Does It Mean?, by Carolyn K.
- Exceptionally and Profoundly Gifted Students: An Underserved Population, by Miraca U.M. Gross
- Tips for Parents: Helping Parents Understand their Profoundly Gifted Children
Who was Kazimierz Dąbrowski, and why does his Overexcitability (OE) Framework and Theory of Positive Disintegration matter?
- Overexcitability and the Gifted, by Sharon Lind
- Dabrowski Without the Theory of Positive Disintegration Just Isn’t Dabrowski (PDF)
- Foundations for understanding the social-emotional needs of the highly gifted
- Gifted and Homeschooling Friendly Professionals have been recommended by our members.
- Noteworthy! GHF Brochures include
- Where Does a Pediatric Doctor Fit in the Care of Gifted Children? by Marianne Kuzujanakis, M.D., M.P.H.
- Diagnosis: Gifted, by Mika Gustavson, MFT and Corin Barsily Goodwin
- Cheetahs on the Couch: Issues Affecting the Therapeutic Working Alliance With Clients Who Are Cognitively Gifted,by Aimee Yermish, Psy. D.
- Gifted Children and Adults: Neglected Areas of Practice, by James T. Webb, PhD
- Misdiagnosis and Missed Diagnoses: Giftedness and Disorders, by Linda Kreger Silverman, Ph.D, Director, Gifted Development Center
- Practice Opportunities with Gifted Children and their Families, by James T. Webb, Ph.D., Rosina M. Gallagher, Ph.D., and Marianne Kuzujanakis, M.D.
- The Impact of Giftedness on Psychological Well-Being, by Maureen Neihart, Psy.D.
- The Special Challenges of Highly Intelligent and Talented Women Who Are Moms
- Tips for Helping Gifted Teens and Kids Cope with Trauma, by Sharon M. Barnes, MSSW, LCSW
How do I choose the right mental health professional?
- You Don’t Have to Go it Alone, by Linda Neumann for SENG
- Supporting Your Gifted Child: How to Find a Therapist by Lisa Erickson
- Tips for Selecting the Right Counselor or Therapist for Your Gifted Child, by James T. Webb
- Preventing Burnout in the People Who Help Us, by Meredith G. Warshaw
- Existential Depression in Gifted Individuals, by James T. Webb
- At-Risk Youth and the Creative Process, by Linda Kreger Silverman, Ph.D
- Children and adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder: A primer for teachers
- The Many Faces of Perfectionism By Linda Kreger Silverman, Ph.D
- What Parents Want Teachers (and Professionals) to Know About Highly Gifted and Twice-Exceptional Children , compiled by Sarah Sheard
- Evidence for Homeschooling: Constitutional Analysis in Light of Social Science Research by Deborah Schwarzer, Counsel, GCA Law Partners LLP; Sean Gates, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP; and Tanya Dumas, Associate, Bingham McCutchen LLP.
- The Blame Game: Are School Problems the Kids' Fault?, by Pamela Darr Wright, M.A., M.S.W.
- Clinical Acumen Key in Discerning Autism, Attention Deficit, by Ann Griswold
- 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.
- Making the Choice: When Typical School Doesn’t Fit Your Atypical Child, by Corin Barsily Goodwin and Mika Gustavson, MFT
- Forging Paths: Beyond Traditional Schooling, by Wes Beach
- The Mislabeled Child: How Understanding Your Child's Unique Learning Style Can Open the Door to Success, by Fernette and Brock Eide. Finally, a book on "brain-based" learning styles -- including the asynchronies many gifted children struggle with. This is a well-written explanation of what labels do and don't tell us and why it matters that we understand the way these children think and learn.
- Mellow Out, They Say. If I Only Could: Intensities and Sensitivities of the Young and Bright is another new book that is well worth a read. The author, Michael Piechowski, has spent years researching Dabrowski's Overexcitabilities. In this book, he shows us how it feels to be young and gifted -- from the children’s point of view. If you have wondered what all the sensory stuff was about, or what an overexcitability actually is, here are your answers!
- Misdiagnosis And Dual Diagnoses Of Gifted Children And Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger's, Depression, And Other Disorders, by James T. Webb, et al (For more about this book, see our Resources: Gifted)
- Counseling the Gifted and Talented, by Linda Kreger Silverman
- 2e Newsletter is a terrific resource for anyone working with or parenting twice exceptional (2e) kids... and GHF supporting members get a discount on subscriptions!
- Guiding the Gifted Child: A Practical Source for Parents and Teachers, by James T. Webb, Elizabeth A. Meckstroth, and Stephanie S. Tolan
- Some of My Best Friends Are Books: Guiding Gifted Readers from Pre-School to High School, by Judith Wynn Halstead
- Helping Gifted Children Soar: A Practical Guide for Parents and Teachers, by Carol Ann Strip and Gretchen Hirsch
- The Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children: What Do We Know? by Maureen Neihart (ed.)
- 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.
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Questions? Contact Director of Professional Outreach Mika Gustavson.