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The Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Kids: How to Understand, Live With, and Stick Up for Your Gifted Child Paperback – 1 Dec 2002

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  • Paperback: 167 pages
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing Inc.,U.S.; Rev. & Updated Ed edition (1 Dec. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575421119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575421117
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 17 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 949,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Offers advice for handling the special needs of a gifted child, and suggests ways to get key people to improve gifted programs. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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This is a good, easy to read book and as a previous reviewer suggested, is more biased towards older children, in particular education. It is also American and as such includes much information and help for Americans with no UK alternatives or references. I was hoping it would include advice to help me deal with my 4 year olds behaviour as a result of his 'giftedness' ie: the fact that he is nearly always bored and therefore often behaves badly because of this, his lack of excitement at things children normally find wonder in, his grown-up level of arguing/reasoning etc etc, and this does not do that. I'm still looking for a book with some practical advice rather than one just telling me that these are often traits of gifted children (which I already know). On the whole though it is very interesting and will be useful - just not quite what I'd hoped for now.
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I bought this book by chance and it has been a great help for us with our 8 yr. old son. At some points, it's too "older kid" heavy...so if you're looking for a book w/ advice on dealing with young Gifted Kids this probably isn't for you. BUT, if you've got school age kids and are beginning to think about or are currently dealing with a gifted kid in school you can get a lot of help in how to deal with all the quirks these kids have and do at home/school. It's helped me help my perfectionistic son. Good luck!
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This book is very clearly written, and makes a very strong and at times repetitive case for special education for gifted children. The book is really only applicable in the USA, as it follows legal and educational regimes there. As I'm not in the US, this was more of a intro than a useful guide for me. The book does go into how gifted children differ from 'normal' ones, and how to stick up for them. The book is probably 80% or more aimed at education, so the 'live with' bit wasn't completely there for me. Overall a good intro, but definitely not a 'one stop shop'.
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Supplied as described and condition perfect. Very happy.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8e7c227c) out of 5 stars 27 reviews
212 of 215 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bb83df8) out of 5 stars great resource 15 Nov. 2000
By Melissa Bach - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Believe it or not, two weeks ago I was pretty much convinced that my seven year old son had Asperger's syndrome--loosely defined as high functioning autism. Why? Because he is more comfortable around adults than kids, is extremely bright but has terrible handwriting and can't tie his shoes, is something of a perfectionist, hangs back from peer groups, and displays inappropriate anger and frustration in his multiage class.
What a damned relief to open this book right to page 41 and read the two paragraphs entitled The Motor Skills Gap. As a matter of a fact I laughed right through that whole section, Living with Your Gifted Child, because it described my son so perfectly, and even gave me some insight into my own childhood behaviors.
No matter where you are in the process of parenting a gifted child--discovering that you actually have one, figuring out how to best help your child be at their best emotionally, or working within the school and even the state legislature to bring about supportive programs--this book has lots of guidance and suggestions, especially for more reading. The book itself is a bit of a quick read--I got it at 3 pm and at 8 pm am sitting here writing about it--but I can see that it's something I'll refer to over and over again as various issues come up.
Will I ever be able to answer my son's (incessant) questions about what happened before the Big Bang? No. But with help from this book and books like it, I'll be able to help create a supportive environment that will help him get the answers he needs.
111 of 116 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bb83e4c) out of 5 stars Wow! Finally some help. Practical, applicable advice. 17 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this book by chance and it has been a great help for us with our 8 yr. old son. At some points, it's too "older kid" heavy...so if you're looking for a book w/ advice on dealing with young Gifted Kids this probably isn't for you. BUT, if you've got school age kids and are beginning to think about or are currently dealing with a gifted kid in school you can get a lot of help in how to deal with all the quirks these kids have and do at home/school. It's helped me help my perfectionistic son. Good luck!
32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c80b744) out of 5 stars The survival guide for parents of gifted kids 30 Oct. 2000
By L L Barnes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am so pleased with the suggestions in this book. I am even happier that they WORK! I needed to read this book a year ago but did not know about it. If I had I could have saved my son a year of grief and the wondering "what's wrong with me?" The book gives an excellent view into the what and why of GT kids. I also am relieved to know that the isolation that accompanies my son's talent is very normal but should be monitored. The book leaves you with a clear perspective.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c0ea0f0) out of 5 stars Excellent resource for families and schools 22 May 2007
By D. MacPherson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There are many books on the topic of gifted and talented children as it relates to their education and needs. However, I found this book addressed the gifted child from many different aspects. It touched upon their academic and social-emotional needs. It provides parents with great insight into these children in terms of how they think, characteristics that are common and the dangers of mis-diagnosing gifted children with disorders such as ADHD. It is easy to read straight through but is also set up in such a way that a particular section of interest can stand alone. I had purchased this book for my own use and then purchased 7 more to present to our local Board of Education. Our district did not have a program for gifted and talented children on the elementary level. With this book in conjunction with other research a small group of parents and myself presented an entire packet to our Board of Ed. to make a case for this much needed program. We were successful. The program was added to our district's curriculum for next year. This book helped greatly to help us navigate and advocate for our children. Much recommended.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c0ea270) out of 5 stars Happy I bought this book 17 Jan. 2007
By moviefanatic - Published on Amazon.com
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If you have been told that your child is gifted and you want to know what the gist of it is and want to start with reading one book before investing in every book out there, this is the book for you. I had a long list of books to order but decided to try just one first and it happened to be this one and I am so glad that it was. It gives a great general view of what to expect, what to do, and what to feel. It mentioned something that I felt when my daughters teacher told me that she "may grow up to discover the cure for cancer", and that is the guilt! Instead of feeling only proud, which I do, I felt as tho maybe the teacher thought I wasn't a good enough parent for such a smart child and that having such an ignorant parent could ruin her intellect! I felt a bit ashamed and thanks to this book I no longer do. I don't like and don't read self-help books and did not expect to read this book cover to cover, if at all, but it turned out to be a great asset and comfort to me.
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