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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Prufrock Press (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593634900
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593634902
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"She does give you a manual and it is a very good one." - Gifted Education Communicator

"After 19 years of gifted parenting, I thought I pretty much knew it all. I was so wrong and I learned so much from reading this book! Now that my children are almost grown, I intend to use what I've learned to help other parents." - LJ Conrad, Parent Advocate 

"Fonseca has made a great contribution to helping people understand the unique and too often unmet needs of gifted students." - Holly VanHouten, HUCK Center for Creative Learning

More About the Author

As an author of both nonfiction and YA novels, I have dedicated my life to helping people of all ages find their voice in a noisy world. In fiction, I craft psychological thrillers and sweeping romances that will take the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride through through the darker aspects of humanity, exploring themes that include sacrifice, love, and madness. My titles include the Gothic romance, the Requiem Series, and the Phantom of the Opera Inspired psychological thriller, Transcend.

In nonfiction, I draw on my training as an educational psychologist and address the issues of emotional intensity, resiliency, and giftedness, writing books for children, teens, parents and educators. My titles include Quiet Kids, the Girl Guide and Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students.

I live in Southern California with my husband and daughters. When I am not working with children or hanging out with the family, I can be found sipping too many skinny vanilla lattes at my favorite coffee shop as I write my next book or play around online. For more information at me or my work, visit me at http://christinefonseca.com.

Customer Reviews

Amazing how a book can change your life.
Sherrie Petersen
This book really is for anyone who is dealing with an emotionally intense child--especially if they're gifted as well.
Sam Hain
I would whole heartedly recommend this book for any parent or teacher of a gifted child.
Michelle McLean

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

128 of 129 people found the following review helpful By Sherrie Petersen on November 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
I love the small school that my children attend, but we don't have a GATE program. As a result, I know very little about what it means to be gifted. It would have been really helpful information, especially since it turns out I may have a gifted child in my house.

Even as a toddler it was obvious that my child was different than other children. I searched numerous books on parenting, looking for answers. I read about ADHD, autism and indigos, trying to figure out how to be a better parent, sensitive to this child's needs. But none of the scenarios or definitions fit what we were experiencing until I read this book. Finally, this makes sense. This is what I've been looking for.

Most people saw only the highly intelligent, cooperative child that my child can be. They thought I was crazy to think something was wrong. They didn't see the erratic mood swings, the random hyperactivity, the inflexible viewpoint on issues, or the relentless drive for perfection that kept my child from trying new things. After I read the first chapter of this book online, I almost cried. I wasn't crazy. And neither was my child.

Amazing how a book can change your life.

While many of the parenting strategies found in EMOTIONAL INTENSITY IN GIFTED STUDENTS would be useful in any home, what really impressed me were the tips for helping children (as well as parents and teachers) recognize emotional triggers. Once kids and parents learn to see the signs building, they can work together to prevent outbursts and find ways to relax before negative emotions overtake the entire family. Useful tip sheets, checklists and worksheets throughout the book offer practical guidance for working through various issues.
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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
Being a parent in today's world is a difficult job. Being the parent of an emotionally intense gifted child can be the most draining experience of your life. Emotional outbursts in public, nightly fights over homework, struggling to get your child to school in the morning, the dreaded phone call from the principal - sound familiar? Where do you turn for advice? Traditional parenting handbooks are of little use. A gifted child's parent must fight the feeling of helplessness and of not knowing who to trust for information on dealing with their child. That is ... until now!

Speaking as the mother of two gifted teens, author of Gifted Parenting Support blog, and a counselor to gifted parents for the past 15 years, I believe that Christine Fonseca's Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students is a once in a generation answer to the most pressing questions being asked today by gifted parents. It was a bittersweet read for me ... so wishing it had appeared 19 years ago ... but one I will highly recommend to parents of younger gifted children and their teachers.

A school psychologist and gifted parent, the author shares her unique perspective on the subject of emotional intensity as she draws information from her professional development, personal experience, and some of the richest sources in gifted education today. Her depth of knowledge and understanding has produced a powerful framework for those parenting gifted children.

Emotional Intensity offers specific strategies and techniques to assist parents and teachers as well as students. In each chapter, these strategies are applied to three different types of gifted children making it extremely useful and reader-friendly. Ms.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Julie R. Fedynich on October 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
Your child is the smart one, the one who gets bored in school or refuses to do homework, the one who is bullied or has difficulty making friends. Your child has a heart the size of Mount Rushmore, and can inexplicably grasp concepts and emotions that should be impossible for him or her to understand.

Your child is in this book.

Christine Fonesca, in her book, Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students: Helping Kids Cope With Explosive Feelings, deals with problems that we as parents and teachers of gifted and talented children face each day. She explains in compassionate and easy to understand verbiage why our children are like they are and what we can do to help them grow into amazing adults.
Ms. Fonesca debunks commonly held myths about the gifted and gives you the tools you need for better parent-teacher relationships, better parent-child relationships, and most importantly makes you realize that there is hope for this group of misunderstood children.

I cannot recommend this book strongly enough. Ms. Fonesca's understanding, compassion, and enthusiasm for gifted and talented children shines in this easily understood read. Her amusing and sometimes heart breaking examples explain the frustration and brilliance of the gifted in a way I've never seen before. Parents, Teachers, you need this book.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Paco Hope on February 16, 2014
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The longer I read it the more dissatisfied I became with this book. Initially I was very pleased. I am ultimately glad I bought it and read it, mainly because it gave me a new way to think about my son. The concepts and the way it prompts you to conceive of your children are all fundamentally good. The book itself is entirely too short on translating this knowledge into practical action.

There are case studies, and I like them. I like the range of the behaviours and symptoms in the archetypal children. The problem is that the case studies often say "After a family meeting, the parents gained some really subtle insight...". What is missing is the process the parents followed to reach that subtle insight. What questions did they ask? What answers did they get? How did those answers yield that insight? The scenarios often contain overly simplistic resolutions that sound like "they made some changes and everything got much better." There is no exploration of the changes the parents tried that didn't work, how they could recognise that it didn't work, and how they picked something new until they hit on the right technique. No change is a magic wand that works perfectly on the first try. Life isn't so simple that when you do the right thing, you'll do it correctly on the first try and it will be obvious that you've done the right thing. Too many of the resolutions are presented as a fait accompli, or perhaps obvious with hindsight.

Many of the "worksheets" involve a series of yes/no questions or questions that have 2 discreet answers ("Is your discipline positive or punitive?"). There is no discussion of "If you answered yes to question 2, this might indicate X, Y, or Z.
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