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Want to know more about gifted children (or, as I like to call them, “kite kids”)? These resources I’ve compiled are a great place to start.

Free recorded presentations

Here are two I’ve found that provide great high-level overviews:


Invite an expert to present during one of your upcoming medical society events, Grand Rounds, or at any other speaking opportunity you may have through your work. Places to look for experts include:

Books, publications and journals

Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression and Other Disorders by James T. Webb, PhD; Edward R. Amend, PsyD; and Paul Beljan, PsyD.

Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: Adhd, Bipolar, Ocd, Asperger's, Depression, and Other Disorders

“AAP National Conference: Focus on social-emotional needs of gifted children” (AAP News, Oct. 23, 2016)

“Gifted Children” by Steven Pfeiffer, PhD (excerpt from Translating Psychological Research Into Practice)

Social Thinking® resources by age:

4- to 7-year-old children: We Thinkers curriculum, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2
Each volume contains a curriculum book and five engaging storybooks to introduce young children to 10 language-based, social-learning concepts. The award-winning series also gives explicit instructions to help kids learn what the social world is all about!

5- to 10-year-olds: You Are a Social Detective! paired with the Superflex Social Thinking curriculum and the book Social Thinking and Me
For social success, it’s essential to understand how we impact each other. (This begins with observation.) People also expect others to help them feel calm and comfortable when they’re in each others’ presence. You are a Social Detective! kicks off this learning process. Social Thinking and Me (a two-book set) provides more in-depth information, and Superflex… A Social Thinking Superhero Curriculum motivates kids to develop strategies for social self-regulation.

For tweens-teens: Social Fortune or Social Fate
This book explains the Social-Emotional Chain Reaction through manga-illustrated, step-by-step teaching. Tween and teen readers learn how expected vs. unexpected behaviors impact the way others feel, react & respond. Strategy codes (inspired by computer-gaming codes) also help students learn social self-regulation strategies.

Professional societies and associations

If that isn’t enough, see what neuroscientists have discovered
in recent years. (It’s pretty fascinating.)