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Resources in the Pikes Peak Region

Gifted learners have unique academic and social-emotional needs, and their families also have unique needs. This page will continue to develop as a source for connecting students, families and educators of gifted students to resources that they need.

References & Important Definitions in Gifted Education

Advocating for the Needs of Gifted Children

Books for Parents and Educators

This is obviously a short list, designed to lead you to other books that might also be helpful.

  • A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children, James. T. Webb, et al. 2007
  • Smart Girls: A New Psychology of Girls, Women and Giftedness (Revised Edition), Barbara A. Kerr, 1997
  • Smart Boys: Talent, Manhood, and the Search for Meaning, Barbara A. Kerr and Sandford J. Cohn, 2001
  • Living with Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, and the Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Susan Daniels and Michael M. Piechowski, 2008
  • Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression and Other Disorders, James T. Webb, et al, 2005
  • Bringing Out the Best: A Guide for Parents of Young Gifted Children [Preschool], Jacqulyn Saunders and Pamela Espeland, 1991.
  • Bright, Talented & Black: A Guide for Families of African American Gifted Learners, Joy Lawson Davis, 2010
  • Discovering and Developing Talents in Spanish-Speaking Students, Joan F. Smutny, et al., 2012
  • 5 Levels of Gifted: School Issues and Educational Options, Deborah Ruf, 2009

There are many resources available on a variety of diverse needs and issues in gifted education. Many can be located at Hoagie's Gifted Education Books.

AcademyACL teachers enjoyed attending the National Convention of the National Association for Gifted Children when it came to Denver in 2012.

Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted

The SENG Organization states the following:

SENG seeks to inform gifted individuals, their families, and the professionals who work with them, about the unique social and emotional needs of gifted persons.

We support programs that foster in gifted individuals the mental health and social competence necessary for them to be free to choose ways to develop and express their abilities and talents fully.  With support, gifted individuals can develop abilities that enhance their own lives and the lives of others.  Without understanding and support, they may be inhibited in the development of their gifts and talents, which can result in significant negative personal and societal consequences.  SENG empowers caring families and communities to influence more positively and effectively the development of giftedness in those individuals entrusted to their care.

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SENG has information and training available, including webinars, for parents, educators, and health care providers concerning the needs of gifted students.

For a brochure that addresses the question “Is My Child Gifted?” visit here.