Parents of gifted kids tend to be information junkies.

We want to know everything we can about how our kids think and how we can help them.

These resources are just a few suggestions for launching places. You could get an unofficial Ph.D. in giftedness if you read everything that was available (and maybe you want to!). If what you want is to know the fundamentals, this is where to start.

Check out the Books!

I wrote a book on perfectionism that won a big ol’ award. I like it because everyone who reads it tells me that they got tips they could really use from it. It’s a good one, promise. I keep the Kindle version super cheap, so everyone can grab it who wants it!

3D MOCKUP of Living Gifted by Lisa Van Gemert

Living Gifted: 52 Tips to Survive and Thrive in Giftedland is a super little book that is a book and workbook in one. It’s chock-full of great activities you can do (or do with students).

The book Ian and I wrote about Depth & Compexity is a game-changer (and we aren’t even the ones who called it that! It’s for teachers, so if you’re a teacher or if you want a great gift for a teacher,  grab a copy!

cover of depth and complexity book


This book (a total bargain at less than fifteen bucks on Amazon) compiles years of top articles from NAGC’s publication “Parenting for High Potential.” It’s a great reference book, but it can also just be read straight through. It’s a thick book, and a good starting point.

Living with Intensity

Living with Intensity is the bible for those of us who know gifted kiddos or adults with intensities.
This book is nearly 600 pages of fabulous. It is written for parents to help them guide their gifted children to books they may enjoy. You can select books by subject or area, and the annotations are thorough. A must have.
Susan Daniels and Michael Piechowskil edit this book on the often misunderstood issue of intensity in gifted children. If you buy one book for grandparents, this is the one. If you have a child who can’t stand tags in clothes or seams in socks and feels everything more deeply than the average bear, this is the book for you.
This slim volume focuses on getting your gifted child’s needs met. It is 80 pages of practical advice, and since it’s so short, it’s a great tool. Published by Prufrock, a leader in GT books, it has a companion volume specifically geared to secondary students.

More for Parents

This page at the website of the Texas Association of the Gifted and Talented shares information from the Parent Division of TAGT, which has a nice list of resources.

Check out the movies suggestions with movies for and about gifted kids. You don’t even have to feel guilty about vegging and watching them. Call it research!

If you have (and can prove it) a profoundly gifted child, then the Davidson Institute is a great resource for you.

The MensaforKids site has parent resources (including my award-winning lesson plans that can be done without a teacher at home or at school), so check that out.

The National Association for Gifted Children and SENG (Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted) are two must-belong organizations. SENG doesn’t have a typical membership structure, but you can join local parent groups.

If you’re homeschooling or have a child interested in the brain, check out Eric Chudler’s wonderful neuroscienceforkids website. It’s as amazing as he is!

Questions? Ideas? Just wanna connect?

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I hope to meet you again, even if it’s just virtually.

Best wishes!

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