Resources for Parents

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Organizations & Helpful Websites

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) (

Hoagies’ Gifted Education page (, research and materials organized by category.

Davidson Institute ( Includes an extensive database of gifted resources. Great materials for the profoundly gifted.

Center for Talent Development (CTD) at Northwestern University ( Offers programs and other resources for gifted and talented students age 4 through grade 12.

Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) ( Provides a variety of programs and services for gifted students.

Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) ( A rich resource for material related to social/emotional needs and support.

The Gifted Development Center ( A nonprofit center for the gifted community with a depth of resources.

Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins ( This center provides resources, summer programs, online learning opportunities and family learning programs, and also publishes books related to the education of gifted students.

Books on Highly Capable Children

Giftedness 101, Linda Silverman (2013). This book is from one of the most respected authorities in the field and is sure to incite thought and dialogue.

The Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Edited by Maureen Neihart, Steven Pfeiffer, and Tracy Cross (2015). Essays on important issues in gifted education. This book was created by a  task force convened by the National Association for Gifted Children.

Critical Issues and Practices in Gifted Education: What the Research Says, Carolyn Callahan and Jonathan Plucker (2013). The title says it all.

Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students: Helping Kids Cope with Explosive Feelings, Christine Fonseca (2016). This is a terrific guide for teachers and parents. It includes issues such as perfectionism, stress management, and anxiety and has a deep list of references and recommended resources.

Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom (3rd Edition), Thomas Armstrong (2009). The theory of multiple intelligences was developed in 1983 by Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University. Dr. Gardner proposes eight different intelligences to account for a broader range of human potential in children and adults.
A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children, James T. Webb, Janet L. Gore, Edward R. Amend, Arlene R. DeVries (2007).

Some of My Best Friends Are Books: Guiding Gifted Readers (3rd Edition), Judith Wynn Halsted (2009). The author discusses the Intellectual and emotional needs of children of high ability. She discusses typical and advanced reading patterns for grades K-12 and provides tips for how parents and teachers can give reading guidance and discuss books with young readers.

The Gifted Teen Survival Guide: Smart, Sharp, and Ready for (Almost) Anything (4th Edition), Judy Galbraith and Jim Delisle. The authors surveyed nearly 1,500 gifted adolescents. This book is a compilation of that data, facts, strategies, inspirational quotes and essays.

Handbook of Gifted Education (3rd Edition), Nicholas Colangelo. This book is a must-have for teachers, administrators and parents of the gifted. The diversity of articles includes all the hot topics of gifted education written by some of the best known experts in the field. This book is especially good for the serious reader who has some background in gifted education.

Living With Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, and the Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Adolescents, and Adults, Susan Daniels, Michael M. Piechowski (2008). Do you know an intense gifted child?  You must read this book!  An easy-to-read volume for parents, teachers, psychologists, everyone dealing with the gifted child, that explains the inexplicable, and guides us all in guiding the growth and development of our gifted children.

Parenting Gifted Children 101: An Introduction to Gifted Kids and their Needs, Tracy Inman and Jana Kirchner (2016). This practical, easy-to-read book explores the basics of parenting gifted children, truly giving parents the "introductory course" they need to better understand and help their gifted child.

Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child's True Potential, Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Mark S. Lowenthal (2011). This practical and compassionate book explains the reasons behind struggles of highly capable children and offers parents do-able strategies to help them cope with feelings, embrace learning, and build satisfying relationships. Drawing from research as well as the authors’ clinical experience, it focuses on the essential skills children need to make the most of their abilities and become capable, confident, and caring people.

Why Smart Kids Worry: And What Parents Can Do to Help, Allison Edwards (2013). So what can you do to help? Allison Edwards guides you through the mental and emotional process of where your child's fears come from and why they are so hard to move past.

Ten Things NOT to Say to Your Gifted Child: One Family's Perspective, Nancy N. Heilbronner, Jennifer Heilbronner Munoz, Sarah Heilbronne (2011). This book offers a different perspective on parenting gifted children: what not to do. Most books for parents of gifted youngsters focus on what adults should be doing, but not many hone in on how inadvertently we push our children to be more "normal," or more "reasonable," or even, sometimes, more exceptional. The author takes common mistakes that parents make (mistakes that even she admits to making with her own children) and discusses why these are harmful to gifted children, and she offers better, healthier approaches that will help gifted children become comfortable with who they are and strive to be all that they are capable of being.

I'm Not Just Gifted: Social-Emotional Curriculum for Guiding Gifted Children, Christine Fonseca (2015). What does it mean to be a successful person? What traits and characteristics define successful people? Why do gifted children, in particular, need a strong affective curricula in order to maximize their potential? These questions and more are explored in this guide to helping gifted children in grades 4-7 as they navigate the complicated social and emotional aspects of their lives. This curriculum is designed to help gifted children explore their giftedness, develop resiliency, manage their intensities, face adversities and tough situations, and cultivate their talents and passions.

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