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Book Suggestions for parents

Intensity is present in most gifted children! They are so INTENSE!!  EVERYTHING is SUCH A BIG DEAL!!!

Does this describe someone you know and love?  Do you know how to handle their intensity?  Does it threaten to overwhelm YOU???

This book is a great resource for parents, teachers, and gifted adults who sometimes struggle to understand themselves.  It's written in a style that's easy to read and the authors have included many examples that make the content  approachable.  I recommend this book highly.

From Amazon:

 Gifted children and adults are often misunderstood. Their excitement is viewed as excessive, their high energy as hyperactivity, their persistence as nagging, their imagination as not paying attention, their passion as being disruptive, their strong emotions and sensitivity as immaturity, their creativity and self-directedness as oppositional.

This resource describes these overexcitabilities and strategies for dealing with children and adults who are experiencing them, and provides essential information about Dabrowski s Theory of Positive Disintegration. Learn practical methods for nurturing sensitivity, intensity, perfectionism, and much more.

A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children

I have used this book to help many, many parents understand their gifted children.  It's a treasure trove of information and wisdom.  I highly recommend this book.

From Amazon:

Raising a gifted child is both a joy and a challenge, yet parents of gifted children have few resources for reliable parenting information. The four authors, who have decades of professional experience with gifted children and their families, provide practical guidance in areas such as: Characteristics of gifted children; Peer relations; Sibling issues; Motivation & underachievement; Discipline issues; Intensity & stress; Depression & unhappiness; Educational planning; Parenting concerns; Finding professional help; and much, much more.

http://A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children

Tennessee Association for the Gifted

From the TAG website:

The mission of the Tennessee Association for the Gifted is to advocate for and promote gifted education by creating a network of parents, educators, and concerned citizens to ensure the educational, social, and emotional needs of Tennessee's gifted student are met.

*Offer training opportunities for parents and educators of gifted students.
*Establish a network to share information about current gifted education topics.
*Support the education of gifted students through the funding of mini-grants for teachers of the gifted.
*Provide scholarship assistance to students wishing to participate in summer programs.
*Recognize outstanding gifted students, teachers and advocates annually.