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A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children Paperback – March 1, 2007
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"Heretofore, there has not been such a wonderfully insightful, fascinating, and comprehensive guidebook as this one. A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children will undoubtedly become a 'must read' for all adults who are confronted with the day-to-day challenges inherent to bringing up a gifted child." --F. Richard Olenchak, Ph.D., P.C., Director & Psychologist, Urban Talent Research Institute, University of Houston & Past-President, National Association for Gifted Children
"This book is destined to become the classic guide for parents of gifted children. The key topics covered are essential ones, and this book provides much wisdom and new information." --Jan Davidson, Ph.D., Co-founder, Davidson Institute for Talent Development & co-author of Genius Denied: How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Minds
"...an invaluable guide for parents, grandparents, and others who love a gifted child. At 400 pages, it is not as long as the manual for a home computer, but much more important and far more interesting." --Raymond D. Fowler, Ph.D., Former President & Chief Executive Officer, American Psychological Association
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The authors comprise a who's who of experts on gifted children. James T. Webb, the lead author, is perhaps the best-known writer and speaker on gifted issues in the United States. His more recent book, Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults (also written with a team of experts), outlines the specific psychological pitfalls gifted children face. The other three authors, Janet L. Gore, Edward R. Amend, and Arlene R. DeVries, add both depth and breadth to Webb's solid credentials. Together, the authors have worked with gifted children in almost all capacities.
The book serves first as a very good primer for a parent who is facing questions about raising a gifted child. The first two chapters define giftedness and explore common characteristics of gifted children. In doing so, they answer two questions that often accompany a parent's first forays into the gifted literature: First, is my child gifted?, and second, how is my child different from other children?
The book is also great for parents who are facing more difficult decisions regarding their gifted children, such as education, therapy, medical care, and psychiatric care.
I think it's safe to say that without this book, I would not have taken the journey that led me to write my own book, From School to Homeschool: Should You Homeschool Your Gifted Child?, also published by Great Potential Press.