Books for Parents About Gifted Children
This is by no means a comprehensive list of books. The books we have listed are those that parents have found particularly helpful. The list is divided into books about giftedness and books about twice-exceptional children.
Books About Giftedness
- A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America’s Brightest Students. The Templeton National Report on Acceleration. Nicholas Colangelo, Susan G. Assouline, and Miraca M. Gross. (2004). Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa. (www.education.uiowa.edu/belinblank)
- Counseling the Gifted and Talented, Linda K. Silverman, (1993). Denver: Love Publishing.
- Exceptionally Gifted Children (Second Edition), Miraca M. Gross (2004). New York: RoutledgeFalmer
- Empowering Gifted Minds: Educational Advocacy That Works, Barbara J. Gilman (2003). Great Potential Press.
- Gifted Children, Ellen Winner (1996). New York: Basic Books.
- High IQ Kids. Kiesa Kay, Deborah Robson and Judy F. Brenneman, (2007). Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Press. READ MORE...
- 2e Newsletter – ordered from www.2eNewsletter.com
- Attention (Published by CHADD
- Autism Advocates (Published by Autism Society of America)
- AANE Newsletter (www.aane.org).
- Roeper Review - Some free articles available on-line; journal from Routledge (http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/)
- Gifted Child Quarterly - ordered through National Association of Gifted Children
- Parenting for High Potential – ordered through National Association of Gifted Children
- Teaching for High Potential - ordered through National Association of Gifted Children
- Gifted Education Communicator - ordered through California Association for the Gifted
Books About Twice-Exceptional Gifted Children
- Crossover Children: A Sourcebook for Helping Children Who Are Gifted and Learning Disabled (Second Edition) Marlene Bireley. (1995). Reston, VA. The Council for Exceptional Children.
- Different Minds: Gifted Children With ADHD, Asperger Syndrome and Other Learning Deficits, Deirdre V, Lovecky (2004). Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley. READ MORE...
- Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner, Linda K. Silverman (2002), Denver: DeLeon Publishing
- Uniquely Gifted: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of the Twice-Exceptional Student, Kiesa Kay (Ed.) (2000). Avocus Publishing.
Books About Asperger Syndrome and ADHD
- Attention Deficit Disorder Thomas E. Brown (2005). New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
- Attention Deficit Disorder: Diagnosis and Treatment from Infancy to Adulthood, Patricia O. Quinn (1997). New York: Bruner/Mazel.
- The Complete Guide to Asperger Syndrome, Tony Attwood (2007). London: Jessica Kingsley.
- Delivered From Distraction, Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey. (2005) New York: Ballantine Books.
- Girls Under the Umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Lori Ernsperger and Danielle Wendel. (2007). Shawnee Mission, KS: Autism Asperger Publishing Company.
- Kids in the Syndrome Mix of ADHD, LD, Asperger’s, Tourette’s Bipolar and More, Martin L. Kutscher. (2005) Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley.
- Understanding Girls with AD/HD. Kathleen G. Nadeau, Ellen B. Littman, and Patricia Quinn. (1999). Silver Spring, MD: Advantage Books.
Other Books About 2E Kids
- The Bipolar Child (Third Edition), Demitri Papolos and Janice Papolos (2006). New York: Broadway Books.
- The Out-of–Synch Child., Carol S. Kranowitz. (1998). New York: Berkeley Publishing Group.
- The Explosive Child., Ross W. Greene (1998). New York: Harper Collins.
Books About Perfectionism
- Letting Go of Perfect. Jill L. Adelson and Hope E. Wilson. (2009). Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.
- Perfectionism and Gifted Children., Rosemary Callard-Szulgit. (2003). Lanham., MD: Scarecrow Education.
- What to Do When Good Enough Isn’t Good Enough., Thomas S. Greenspon (2007). Minneapolis, MN: Free Spirit Publishing.
This book focuses on the strengths and problems of gifted children with AD/HD, Asperger Syndrome and/or Nonverbal Learning Disability. In addition to a general description of AD/HD, and Asperger Syndrome, the book also highlights cognitive, creative, emotional, social and moral issues of these unique gifted children. There are also sections on assessment of gifted children and a list of resources.
Endorsement from Dr. Linda Silverman:
I have long awaited the birth of Different Minds, as Dee Lovecky has unparalleled knowledge of the interaction of giftedness with other syndromes. For years, she has served as my mentor on cases that stumped me. In this wonderful book, Dee illuminates giftedness, AD/HD, and Asperger’s Syndrome with original insights, astute clinical observations, and a comprehensive review of the literature. The concepts come to life in the delightful vignettes of children found at the beginning and throughout each chapter. Different Minds is rich in theory, research, clinical examples, resources, and in clear, practical strategies for teachers, parents, and therapists.
I wish every parent of a gifted child could read the Introduction and Chapter 1. Every psychological examiner should read Chapter 9 to become aware of the extent of knowledge needed to accurately assess gifted children and highly asynchronous children, who are intellectually advanced but delayed in other aspects of their development. Different Minds is a practical guide for parents and teachers, a handbook for professionals, and should also be a course textbook on understanding and assessing the extraordinary complexities of gifted children with multiple issues. Bravo to Dee for breaking new ground and creating a much-needed resource on giftedness plus.
Linda Kreger Silverman, Ph.D.
Director, Gifted Development Center
Different Minds can be ordered directly from the publisher, at:
Jessica Kingsley Publications
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The price is $24.95 plus $4.00 shipping for the first book and $1 for each additional book.
Different Minds also can be ordered via amazon.com, and is available at
Barrington Books in Barrington, RI.
Profoundly gifted kids often get the least help in school. It’s assumed they’re smart enough to succeed on their own, plus teachers (and parents) feel out of their depth with these unique kids. A blend of personal stories and practical strategies, scholarly articles and entertaining essays from a community of voices—parents, educators, authors, researchers, and other experts—this book addresses the joys and challenges of raising and teaching, living with and understanding exceptionally gifted kids of all ages. Recommended for any adult who wants to know more (and may be desperate to know more) about high-IQ kids and how to support them, advocate for them, and meet their social, emotional, and learning needs. Contributors include Deirdre Lovecky, Ph.D., Karen Rogers, Ph.D., Carolyn Kottmeyer, Sally Reis, Ph.D., Joyce VanTassel-Baska, Ed.D., Miraca U. M. Gross, Ph.D., and many more. Edited by Kiesa Kay, Deborah Robson, and Judy Fort Brenneman (Paperback)
High IQ Kids can be ordered via amazon.com.