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Gifted Children : A Guide for Parents and Professionals - Kate Distin

Gifted Children

A Guide for Parents and Professionals

Paperback Published: 27th April 2006
ISBN: 9781843104391
Number Of Pages: 272

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Winner of the NAGC Celebrating Gifts and Talents 2007 "Most Important Book" Gold Award

Gifted Children is a lively and informative exploration of the mystery of the gifted mind and the social and emotional needs of gifted children and their families.

The authors give an insight into what is 'normal' for gifted children, acknowledge the difficulties they experience, and offer pointers for parents on how to support them at home, in the interaction with siblings and other family members, and at school. The authors identify self-acceptance and communication with others as key skills for gifted children, whose exceptional abilities in fields ranging from music and maths to linguistics and art are often complicated by poor social skills, dyslexia or other difficulties.

This excellent book, written by counsellors who are also parents with first- hand knowledge of living and working with gifted children, is an accessible and positive guide full of constructive advice and encouragement for other parents. It includes practical information such as useful contact details, as well as opportunities for reflection.

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A useful practical and well written informative book written by 10 authors who for many years counselled gifted children and their families for the National Association for Gifted Children until the counselling service closed in 2005. All have first hand experience of giftedness; either being gifted themselves or having children or grandchildren who are gifted. -- NAGC Newsletter (National Association of Gifted Children)
An excellent book written in an easy to read lively text explaining the gifted mind and the social and emotional needs of gifted children and their families. -- Education Otherwise
I used to childmind a boy who has since been "labelled" as having "Asperger Syndrome". I always knew that there was something different about him but couldn't put my finger on what it was. This book would have been a wonderful resource to have then, as now I can relate his behaviour and his emotions, to him dealing with his gift. -- National Association of Child-Minders
The authors acknowledge the individuality of gifted children and their families while providing information and advice applicable to most. Sidebars ask questions that encourage parents to examine their own feelings and experiences and to explore the ways in which their child might be similar to and different from the descriptions provided in the section....Written clearly and concisely and meant for the educated layperson, this work includes an appendix of current professionals and services in Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Recommended for all public libraries. -- Library Journal
This book provides an informative exploration of the gifted mind and the social and emotional needs of gifted children and their families... The book describes itself as a guide for parents and professionals. I think parents of gifted children would find it highly supportive and informative, particularly the contacts it offers with other organizations. Professionals working to support families would also find it helpful as an introductory text. -- The British Psychological Society
This is an excellent resource that should meet its stated goal of helping gifted children and their families to live more comfortably with giftedness and to reach beyond the challenges towards the rewards. -- Educational Review Vol. 60
Very useful, particularly sections which gave practical advice about helpful ways in which to talk to gifted children about their abilities and frustrations. -- NAGC Newsletter (National Association of Gifted Children)
Written in a style that is immediately accessible for both parents and teachers. The information is straightforwardly set out and the reader is left with a clear understanding of what giftedness is, the range that it encompasses and how it affects families, children and their learning. -- The Magazine of the Cambridge Society

Forewordp. 9
The Writing Groupp. 11
Introductionp. 13
Gifted Children and their Familiesp. 21
What is Normal for a Gifted Child?p. 22
Giftedness in the Familyp. 57
Beyond the Familyp. 90
Giftedness and Schoolsp. 112
Gifted Children and Home Educationp. 148
Special Talents and Special Needsp. 157
Gifted Children with Special Needsp. 159
Gifted Children with Asperger Syndromep. 163
Gifted Adolescentsp. 178
What is it Like to be a Gifted Linguist?p. 190
Managing the Multi-talented Childp. 193
Giftedness and Creativity: Some Pointersp. 197
Musically Gifted Childrenp. 200
Effective Communication: The Way We Say Itp. 211
Conclusionsp. 221
Living with Giftednessp. 222
Related Contactsp. 234
Indexp. 265
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ISBN: 9781843104391
ISBN-10: 1843104393
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 27th April 2006
Publisher: JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.41

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