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When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers

How to Meet Their Social and Emotional Needs

Jim Delisle and Judy Galbraith, M.A.

Gifted kids are so much more than test scores and grades. Still, it’s sometimes difficult to see past all that achievement and potential to the child, adolescent, or teen who may be filled with anxiety, pressured to be perfect, lonely, alienated, confused, and unsure of what the future might bring.

This book offers proven, practical suggestions for encouraging social and emotional growth among gifted, talented, and creative children and youth. The authors explain what giftedness means, how gifted kids are identified, and how we might improve the identification process. Then they take a close-up look at gifted kids from the inside out (their self-image and self-esteem) and the outside in (challenges to their well-being from their family, school, peers, and society in general).

They present ways to:

  • help gifted underachievers, perfectionists, and those who are bored in school
  • advocate for gifted education
  • create a supportive environment for all gifted students
  • make it safe to be smart
  • create a gifted-friendly classroom

Complete with first-person stories, easy-to-use strategies, classroom-tested activities, and resources, this book is for anyone committed to helping gifted students gain insights, find solutions, and know they’re not alone.

“The invitations to learn that we give our students on a minute-by-minute, day-to-day basis are very efficient ways to enhance both achievement and self-esteem in the classroom. Students who feel good about themselves as human beings, not just scholars, grow to become (in the words of William James) ‘effective geniuses’: young people in touch with both their hearts and their minds, and eventually adults as willing and able to care deeply as to think deeply.” —Jim Delisle and Judy Galbraith, in When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers

288 pages, illustrated, softcover, 7¼" x 9¼", For educators, guidance counselors, parents, and other adults working with gifted kids and teens, All ages, ISBN 978-1-57542-107-0