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Further Reading on GT and Related Topics
Recommended by A12GTPG Parents

There is no shortage of books and articles on gifted learners. The challenge is finding the right one at the right time, and having the hours in your day to read it.  Parents from our group have found the following materials useful.

Get Started with These Short Articles
GT 101 (May be a good place to start for parents new to GT)

Tips for parents of gifted children: What most parents wish they had known

Dr. Gail Post shares some tips for parents with newly identified gifted children. 

One of the greatest barriers to gifted education

Dr. Gail Post describes some of the misconceptions, unrealistic expectations, and stereotypes about the basic nature of GT children and adults.

Theory of Positive Disintegration 101: On Becoming Your Authentic Self

Conversations about GT children often mention "overexcitabilities."  This article dives into psychological theory, but it explains overexcitabilities as they relate to Dabrowski's theory of positive disintegration.  

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Social/Emotional Topics 

Many Gifted Children have a Difficult Time Making Friends

Caroline Maguire describes some ways parents can boost their child's social-emotional confidence. 

The Moral Sensitivity of Gifted Children and the Evolution of Society

Linda Silverman describes the moral sensitivity found in many gifted children and why it is important for society as a whole. 

Underachievers under-the-radar: How seemingly successful gifted students fall short of their potential

Dr. Gail Post explains why some gifted students do not reach their potential and what we can do to help them. 

How to Manage Your Child’s Back-to-School Worries

Dr. Dan Peters offers some suggestions to manage your child’s back to school worries.​

Advocacy & Talking About Giftedness

Talking about Giftedness: The Elephant in the Room

Dr. Nancy Robinson provides some tips on how to talk to other adults about your gifted child.

Gifted Education & Serving Gifted Youth

What Should the Outcome of Gifted Education be for Students?

In response to a recent study questioning the benefit of gifted programs (Redding & Grissom, 2021), Dr. Joseph Renzulli discusses the intended benefit of gifted education.

Gifted Teen Offers Personal Perspective on What It’s Like to Be Gifted

Gifted teen Sophia D. shared her insights with the Parent, Family & Community Network on giftedness and offers advice to adults on how to best serve gifted youth.

Growing Up Gifted and Generation Z: Vision for Equity

Mark Hess discusses challenges to identifying gifted children in Generation Z.

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Dig Deeper with These Full-Length Resources

The Davidson Institute has published a list of their favorite gifted parenting books. 

This is an excellent place to start if you are looking for a book resource on a variety of gifted topics. 

A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children, Webb, J. et al. (2007). Great Potential Press.
Living with Intensity, Daniels, S., & Piechowski, M. (2008), Great Potential Press
Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner, Silverman, L. (2002).  DeLeon Publishing.

The Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Kids: How to Understand, Live With, and Stick Up for Your Gifted Child, Walker, S.(2002)  Free Spirit Publishing

Bright, Talented, & Black: A Guide for Families of African American Gifted Learners, Davis, J. L. (2010) Great Potential Pr Inc

Helping Gifted Children Soar:  A Practical Guide for Parents and Teachers. Strip, C. (2002). Gifted Psychology Press, Inc

Raising Your Spirited Child,  Kurcinka, M.  (2015). Harper Perennial.

Some of My Best Friends Are Books: Guiding Gifted Readers, 3rd Ed., Halsted, J. (2009) Great Potential Press.

Social/Emotional Topics:


The Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children: What Do We Know?  Neihart, M., Reis, S., Robinson, N., Moon, S., (2015) National Association for Gifted Children.

When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers:  How to Meet Their Social and Emotional Needs.  Galbraith, J and Delisle, J. (2015).  Free Spirit Publishing.

Make Your Worrier a Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Child's Fears. Peters, D. (2013)  Gifted Unlimited LLC.


Perfectionism: A Practical Guide to Managing "Never Good Enough." Van Gemert, L. (2019). Gifted Guru Publishing.

Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential. Dawson, P. and Guare, R. (2009) Guilford Press.

Doing Poorly on Purpose: Strategies to Reverse Underachievement and Respect Student Dignity. Delisle, J. (2017)  ASCD




Re-Forming Gifted Education, Rogers, K.  (2002). Great Potential Press.

Stand Up for Your Gifted Child: How to Make the Most of Kids' Strengths at School and at Home, Smutny, J. (2001). Free Spirit

Parenting for Teens:

The Essential Guide To Talking With Gifted Teens: Ready- to-use Discussions About Identity, Stress, Relationships, and More. Peterson, J.S. (2008). Free Spirit.

Twice Exceptional Learners:

Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults. Webb, J. et al. (2005). Great Potential Press.

To Be Gifted and Learning Disabled: Strategies for Helping Bright Students with LD, ADHD and More, Baum, S. and Owen, S. (2004)  Prufrock Press

Books Specifically for Students:


The Survival Guide For Gifted Kids: For Ages 10 & Under. Galbraith, J. (2013). Free Spirit

The Gifted Teen Survival Guide: Smart, Sharp and Ready for (Almost) Anything.  Galbraith, J., Delisle, J. (2011). Free Spirit.

The Smart Teens’ Guide to Living with Intensity: How To Get More Out of Life and Learning. Rivero, L. (2010) Great Potential Press.

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