Parents


Beginning Resources

Timely Information for Parents (TIP) Sheets 
Information from the National Association for Gifted Children for parents and caregivers of gifted children to download, read, and share.
Hoagies Gifted Education Page 
A comprehensive resource of articles, books and links to support parents, teachers and gifted children.
 
SENG
A nonprofit organization whose mission is to help ensure that gifted children are understood, accepted, nurtured, and supported by their families, schools, and workplaces.
 
 
 

Beginning Books

Living With Intensity:  Understanding Sensitivity, Excitability, and the Emotional Development of Children, Adolescents, and Adults by Susan Daniels and Michael Piechowski  

Gifted children and adults are often misunderstood. Their excitement is viewed as excessive, their high energy as hyperactivity, their persistence as nagging, their imagination as not paying attention, their passion as being disruptive, their strong emotions and sensitivity as immaturity, their creativity and self-directedness as oppositional. Learn practical methods for nurturing sensitivity, intensity, perfectionism, and much more.

The Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Kids: How to Understand, Live With and Stick Up for Your Gifted Child by Sally Yahnke Walker

This book offers information about giftedness, gifted educucation, problems, personality traits, and more. You'll learn what 'giftedness' means, how kids are identified as gifted, and what's good—and bad—about the label. You'll find out how to keep from raising a 'nerd,' how to prevent perfectionism, and how to advocate for your child at school.

They Say My Kid's Gifted, Now What?  by Richard Olenchak

This book is a quick, easy-to-use guide for parents of gifted kids. Developed by the National Association for Gifted Children, this book shows parents how to become informed, effective partners when working with schools. The book also offers teachers an excellent resource to recommend to parents seeking more information about gifted education.

Understanding Your Gifted Child From The Inside Out by Jim Deslile

Providing an engaging and encouraging look at raising gifted children today, this book focuses on the social and emotional aspects of giftedness, highlighting new information on the issues of perfectionism, self-advocacy, underachievement, mindfulness, and the impact of technology on gifted kids' relationships. It also features a section on life beyond college and real-life stories about the lives of gifted children and how they and their parents recognize and enjoy the many intellectual talents and social and emotional insights they possess.

When Gifted Kids Don't Have All The Answers: How to Meet Their Social and Emotional Needs by Jim Dellisle & Judy Galbraith

Gifted kids are so much more than test scores and grades. Still, it's sometimes difficult to see past the potential to the child who may be anxious, lonely, confused, or unsure of what the future might bring. This book offers practical suggestions for addressing the social and emotional needs of gifted students. The authors present ways to advocate for gifted education; help gifted underachievers, perfectionists, and twice - exceptional students; and provide all gifted kids with a safe, supportive learning environment.         

For Students and Parents

The Kids Should See This 
An award-winning collection of over 4,500 kid-friendly videos, curated for teachers and parents who want to share smarter, more meaningful media in the classroom and at home.
 
Mensa For Kids
Mensa embraces younger members through this fun website, offering up monthly themes to get kids reading and learning at an advanced level.
 
The Gifted Guru:  Learning At Home

National expert Lisa Van Gemert provides at-home resources to help facilitate learning at home, and most are at the tips of your fingers.

Advocating for Gifted Children 

Advocate for Your Child
Strategies from the National Association for Gifted Children.
 
Advocating for Your Gifted Child: 8 Tips I Wish I Had Known
Lessons from one parent's experiences.
 
Communicating Effectively with Your Gifted Child’s School
Practical, step-by-step suggestions from Dr. Joan Smutney for successfully working in partnership with your child's school.
 
Tips for Parents: Advocacy - Working with Your Child’s School
Tips from Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik, Ph.D. who provides numerous strategies on how to advocate for your gifted student in his/her school setting.

 

Join or start local Affiliate Group

Under the Utah Association of Gifted Children, a local affiliate networks with other parents facing similar challenges, finds resources and advocates for programs and services. To find current UAGC Affiliates click HERE.

The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) publication "Starting and Sustaining a Parent Group to Support Gifted Children" has valuable information for understanding and starting parent groups.  If you want to start a local affiliate, read current UAGC Affiliate information and then complete the application in the Affiliate Handbook and send it to [email protected]