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As a teacher or school administrator, you have many competing priorities – managing students’ wide-ranging academic levels is just one of them.

If you have students who are gifted (or who you suspect may be gifted) the resources below can help you better understand these differently-wired students, including the social-emotional challenges they can face and how they differ from high achievers.

Free recorded presentations

One-hour overview of the inner, familial, educational and societal challenges of gifted children, by licensed psychologist and gifted expert Linda Silverman (this presentation is helpful, funny, and includes great stories and examples)

Speakers

Invite an expert to present during one of your upcoming professional-development events, or an event for parents or families through your school district:

  • Executive-function workshops and presentations by executive function and 2e coach – and guru – Seth Perler. Seth’s passion is atypical learners. He is one, and because of that, he thought he was a failure until his early 20s; therefore, he can connect with these students on a deep level. (“The more complex, the better,” as he likes to say.) He also loves demystifying these struggling students for parents, educators and anyone else who will listen!

Professional societies and associations

Books and newsletters about differentiated learning

The Cluster-Grouping Handbook: How to Challenge Gifted Students and Improve Achievement for All by Dina Brulles and Susan Winebrenner

Differentiated Lessons for Every Learner: Standards-Based Activities and Extensions for Middle School by Dina Brulles, Karen Brown and Susan Winebrenner

Teaching for High Potential, NAGC’s quarterly newsletter for educators

Books about social-emotional differences

When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers: How to Meet their Social and Emotional Needs by Judy Galbraith, M.A., and Jim Delisle, Ph.D.

Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students: Helping Kids Cope with Explosive Feelings by Christine Fonseca

As the two books above suggest, it’s common for kite kids (my term for gifted) to have a deficit in “social smarts,” which are the skills needed to successfully navigate the nuances of conversation (and social interaction in general). This is particularly true when the student is twice exceptional.

I’m a big fan of Michelle Garcia Winner, SLP, and her Social Thinking® Methodology. (My building social smarts story explains why.) She has published many resources; however, these two books, in particular, are ideal for educators:

  • Thinking About You Thinking About Me by Michelle Garcia Winner – Great for school counselors, teachers and SLPs, who want an overview of the Social Thinking® Methodology, which teaches students “social smarts” skills and how to apply them in everyday situations. The method also provides the foundation for using books like her popular Superflex Curriculum and You Are A Social Detective! In addition, this publication explains the best way to assess “social smarts” skills.

    Hint: The best way isn’t in an unrealistically quiet room. Assessments also shouldn’t deconstruct, and examine, communication in parts. That’s because the real-world test (by peers) demands that students be able to successfully integrate communication skills, and perform each component and transition quickly (two seconds or less).
  • Why Teach Social Thinking by Michelle Garcia Winner – Perfect for school administrators who want to make a case for: adding social instruction to a student’s treatment plan, incorporating a social goal into a child’s IEP, or infusing “social smarts” lessons into a classroom or campus curriculum plan.

Book about misdiagnosis

Also, because medical misdiagnosis can have an enormous impact on a student’s behavior and mental state, you also may be interested in: Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression, and Other Disorders (2nd edition)

Online communities 

My articles for educators

I post new articles on my home page regularly that address a range of topics related to kite kids. Some stories are deeper dives on educational and social-emotional aspects of giftedness; others are fun (and awesome) ways to encourage and inspire these kiddos.

Here are some I think you’ll like: my educator articles

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