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The Gifted Teen Survival Guide: Smart, Sharp, and Ready for (Almost) Anything Paperback – September 7, 2011
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“This frank appraisal of the challenges and rewards of being smarter than your average bear continues to provide effective self-confidence-building advice on a broad array of issues . . . discussions of “intensity,” of being “2E,” and other specialized topics add a distinctive slant.—Booklist
“This updated 4th version is better than ever, keeping the best themes from the older versions but in a readable new format, and including lots of new stuff, too.—Hoagies' Gifted Education Page
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Galbraith, Judy and Jim Delisle. The Gifted Teen Survival Guide: Smart, Sharp, and Ready for (Almost) Anything. Free Spirit, 2011. 272p. $15.99 Trade pb. 978-1575423814. Index. Illus. Charts. Further Reading.
This new edition of the standard guide contains new information and updates for today’s gifted teenagers. Previous editions were titled, The Gifted Kids’ Survival Guide: A Teen Handbook. New survey information gathered from 1,400 teens forms the basis for this edition. In sidebars called, “The Survey Says,” students are quoted on subjects such as IQ testing, developing a philosophy of life, and what makes a great teacher. “Gifted People Speak Out” are essays written by adults about their experiences as gifted teens. Quizzes and lists of tips (e.g., “12 Tips for Making and Keeping Friends,” “10 Tips for Talking to Teachers,” “10 Tips for Combating Perfectionism”) provide specific suggestions for handling complex issues facing gifted students, and also provide means for directly engaging readers. The book is organized into nine chapters including information on questions such as: What is giftedness and intelligence? How do I experience the world and deal with intense feelings? How can I manage time and handle stress? How can I advocate for school changes that better suit my needs? What educational alternatives do I have (e.g., home schooling, online universities, virtual learning)? How do I choose a college and make decisions about internships and gap years? What should I do if I’m teased, bullied, or cyberbullied? When is it important to please (or not) my parents? What if I am gifted and gay, or twice exceptional (gifted and have a disability)?
This guide is readable, engaging, and positive without being moralistic. It offers answers and suggestions that are not simplistic. In today’s financial climate, many programs for gifted teenagers have been cut, leaving students to act as their own advocates. This book can help them negotiate their way through the snares of being a teenager with confidence and success.— Florence Munat.
“Judy and Jim have outdone themselves with the 4th edition of their popular survival guide. This book is essential reading for gifted teens, as well as for their parents and teachers. It’s one of the most comprehensive overviews of the issues gifted adolescents face. Packaged in a lively and easy-to-read format, the book offers myriad practical tips for students.”
—Del Siegle, Ph.D., professor, University of Connecticut, and past president of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
“This new edition is the best yet! It has a fabulous format that is very appealing to teens. I consider it a ‘must have’ book.” —Margaret Gosfield, acquisitions editor, Gifted Education Communicator
“The Gifted Teen Survival Guide is chock full of useful information for gifted teens and the adults who care about them. In these pages you will find an open, honest discussion of what it means to be gifted, as well as all kinds of tips for relating to the world as you are and for taking yourself wherever you want to go! Galbraith and Delisle skip the platitudes, deconstruct common misconceptions, and get to the heart (and brain) of real issues for gifted teens.”
—Corin Barsily Goodwin, executive director, Gifted Homeschoolers Forum, and author of Making the Choice: When Typical School Doesn't Work for Your Typical Child
“Teachers and parents of gifted adolescents will glean insight into social and emotional challenges faced by gifted teens as they explore this valuable resource.”—Gifted Child Today
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Some new features include a section on homeschooling (with an essay by a homeschooled young woman who also has learning disabilities), an overview of current brain research, staying safe online, and even whether or not to blog. Through it all, examples from popular culture, such as the intellectual intensity of Dumbledore and Harry Potter and the portrayal of gifted people in The Big Bang Theory, help to bring the ideas into sharper focus.
Although the book is written for teens, I have a strong feeling that today's parents will find in this new Survival Guide valuable information and the chance to see the teenage years through the eyes of the teenagers themselves, which makes the parenting journey both easier and, in my experience, more rewarding.
Review by Young Mensan Megan, age 12
I know other Aspies who are always talking about lizards or presidents, and my niece is not like that. She's startlingly bright, and a great punster if you get to know her, but she's extremely self-conscious and shy, and comes off as awkward and abrupt, even confrontational. She's said that she feels like an alien and a freak, and has expressed suicidal thoughts.
So it's not like I thought one book would solve all or any of her troubles, but I hoped it would let her feel a sense of normalcy about who she is, and perhaps connection to a group of unique teens who are finding ways to be themselves and whole in a world that doesn't understand them. I truthfully don't know if she read the book and thought "what a load of crap" or if it changed her whole outlook on life, and she's probably not likely to ever tell me. But the fact that she was so engaged with it on Christmas leaves me thinking that it spoke to her, at least I hope it did.
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Being the parent of a gifted almost teen this was a nice gift for her.Published 7 months ago by Robyn A Kahle
I really like this book. I think it is great. There s a section of being gifted and gay. It gives me great pause as to use the book. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Duane F Wallace
I find this guide to be very useful for my Gifted/Talented students, who oftentimes don't understand how different they are from average students.Published 18 months ago by Gail Swindle
I'm not a huge fan of non-academic curriculum, but we were required to develop one, and if you have to do it, this book is a good resource for that. Read morePublished on June 3, 2014 by Roderic Rinehart
If you have or know a gifted teen, this book is a perfect gift for her/him. It helps offset the "stigma" of being gifted and allows the teen to be a real human.Published on January 15, 2014 by Earle Williams
Seemed like a good book. Got it for daughter who is a precocious 10 year old suffering from geekhood (My wife and I've come to learn to live with it... Read morePublished on December 28, 2013 by BS
My kids have both picked it up too. It is not written as a read-front-to-back. Perfect for little found insights just by going to any page.Published on October 11, 2013 by Beth Frizzell