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  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Great Potential Press; First Edition edition (Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0910707529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0910707527
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RosyK on 2 July 2014
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A bit of a dense, academic read, but worth persevering with. On the basis of this book and after consultation with my child's school, I am now home educating her. The book clearly shows (whether that was the intention or not) how far short comprehensive education falls in educating these children who have special needs just as surely as children at the other end of the academic spectrum. Common practice in schools is to seat gifted children on a table with the strugglers, to make use of their abilities as an unpaid classroom assistant. Not only does this hold the child back, but can actually turn them off learning through boredom and feeling like a freak or teacher's pet. The book has many tips on dealing with the child's psychological health and parental adjustments that need to be made, amongst other very interesting topics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Liz Elliott on 28 Jan. 2015
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This book is awesome, very thourough coverage of the topic with good practical advice.
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Read A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children FIRST! 9 May 2007
By Carolyn K. of Hoagies' Gifted Education Page - Published on Amazon.com
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I've said good things about books in the past, and I stand by all my reviews. But if I could rate one book with 6 stars (out of 5) this would be the one. A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children is THE book that all parents of gifted children should read first. And I mean ALL parents, from parents of moderately gifted kids, to parents of exceptionally / profoundly gifted kids, and twice exceptional gifted kids, too.

A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children begins with the basics: terms and definitions, and characteristics of giftedness, from those typical characteristics we all know, to the gifted child's unique Overexcitabilities and potential strengths disguised as weaknesses. Next, Webb and friends discuss communication, an important factor both in parenting and educating the gifted child. Their great ideas are good not only for parents communicating with gifted kids, but also for parents communicating with educators, and parents teaching their gifted kids how to communicate effectively. Even gifted kids need to learn the strength of communication!

Motivation and underachievement are complex with gifted children. Webb et. Al. offer valuable insights into the causes and differences between the two. They move next to establishing discipline and teaching self-management - these are two things we often assume our gifted children can do for themselves, but like any other child, they need our guidance and support. As parents, we need to remember that no matter how smart they our, our gifted children are still children, and we are the adults, with adult experience and wisdom. And Webb and friends give us respectful ways to accomplish this.

Continuing with chapters on intensity and perfectionism, idealism and depression, and acquaintances, friends and peers, A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children moves into a challenging subject: twice exceptional children. If after reading this chapter, you need more information on these amazing and frustrating gifted kids, read an entire book on the subject: Misdiagnosis And Dual Diagnoses Of Gifted Children And Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger's, Depression, And Other Disorders.

A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children concludes with valuable information on the gifted child in school, including gifted identification and educational 'fit' for the gifted child. This educational 'fit' is what parents of the gifted child are searching for, and Webb offers great ideas on how to find it. And if you need help, A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children offers suggestions for seeking good professional help - not all professionals are created equal.

All in all, A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children is the single book you need to get started as the parent of a gifted child. Every parent should read this book!
57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
You'll Refer Back to This Book Again and Again 13 Mar. 2007
By Shelley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is worth owning--it is a valuable and comprehensive parenting resource that you will refer back to again and again. I especially liked the practical advice and usable suggestions offered in this book, as well as the references to other useful books, websites, and organizations. My favorite feature is the emphasis throughout on managing social/emotional issues that arise in parenting gifted children. The authors suggest effective phrases to use in speaking with your children about challenging situations, and they also suggest phrases to avoid (and why!). Very helpful! There is no other book that I know of that addresses these important issues (including motivation, discipline, perfectionism, and how to find the right educational fit) with so much clear-cut, common-sense, practical advice and information. I am a parent of gifted children, a board member of my state's gifted association, and founder and president of a local gifted parent support group. I talk with many parents and I have suggested this book to numerous people, all of whom have been grateful and have found the answers they were looking for.
50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
VERY comprehensive! 5 July 2007
By Lorel Shea - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is by far the most comprehensive book about gifted children that I have seen. It covers a broad range of topics, yet still manages to be quite detailed and "meaty". An entire 19 page chapter is devoted to the characteristics of gifted children. In addition to the usual checklist, the chapter also looks at Dabrowski's overexcitabilities, the gifted child's sense of humor, imagination, etc. The authors embrace an open and flexible definition of giftedness, and offer alternatives to the "one test" model of selection.

A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children is a guidebook brimming full of practical suggestions on how to raise a gifted child. If you buy just one book on gifted children, this should be it. I recommend it to both veteran "gifted parents" and those with young children who are just starting to explore the world of giftedness. Whether your child is moderately, highly, or profoundly gifted, this book will have meaningful information and helpful suggestions for you.

Chapter five deals with establishing discipline and teaching self management, while chapter eight is all about acquaintances, friends, and peers. Chapter 11, complexities of successful parenting, features a list of six responsibilities for parents:

1.accept and appreciate the child's uniqueness
2.help the child like herself and relate well to others
3.help the child develop a relationship and sense of belonging within the family
4.nurture the development of values
5.teach the child self-motivation, self-management, and self discipline
6.help the child discover his passions, and commit to letting him explore

This chapter also contains sensible advice on how to avoid parental pitfalls such as enmeshment, adultizing the gifted child, or over empowering the gifted child. Parents are encouraged to care for themselves and be sure that they are modeling healthy attitudes and behaviors.

If the inquisitive reader wants to explore further, the back of the book is filled with an impressive number of endnotes and references to published studies and other works pertaining to child development and giftedness. The authors, Webb, Gore, Amend, and DeVries, are all well respected members of the gifted education community. They have many years of combined experience as teachers, counselors, and parents of gifted children. Their collective wisdom shared here is a real treasure.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding Book for Panicking Parents of the Gifted 6 Aug. 2012
By Kathi Lundstrom, Ph.D. - Published on Amazon.com
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Because my PhD is in Gifted Education, I have read dozens of books and hundreds of articles, literally thousands of pages on the topic of gifted kids. I have also taught gifted children for 15 years and have spoken at national conferences. Webb's book is outstanding and thorough. It guides parents through understanding giftedness, including IQ, Dabrowski's overexciteabilities (which is very eye-opening), gifted kids with disabilities, testing, school servicing of the gifted, discipline and home life, and other important topics. For the parent who knows nothing about giftedness and is terrifed, to the parent who is an advocate with their local school district and thinks they know everything about giftedness, this book will open your eyes to new knowledge about your child. This book is also very appropriate for teachers of the gifted and those doing research in gifted education.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
My favorite book so far 5 July 2011
By Flower Rose - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought a bunch of gifted kids books at one time. Just like when you buy a bunch of baby books when your kids are born, you find that they're all interesting, but slowly you gravitate toward the one that speaks to your own ideas and also is comprehensive and answers your questions time and time again. So far, this book has been that for me. Many of the other books focus a lot on how to advocate for your gifted child, how to recognize your gifted child, how to stimulate them. My child goes to an all-gifted school, so I'm actually really blessed in that area. What I was hungry for was how to handle their emotional health and how to better understand their odd and complicated little behaviors a bit better. Understanding they way they think and feel is different as a result of their intelligence makes it tremendously easier to know how to deal with emotional outbursts, discipline problems, motivational issues. I have two little brainiacs, ages 4 & 5, both of whom think, feel, and react in very very different ways. Reading this book is really helping me be a good parent to them. They are smart in very different ways. I'm not trying to make them smarter, or get them into an Ivy League college. I just want them challenged and happy. This book is a good resource.
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