The publishers of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter have opened a free, non-public network at Ning.com for those who raise, teach, and counsel high-ability (gifted) kids who have learning challenges such as AD/HD, Asperger’s, dyslexia, etc. The intent for the 2e Newsletter Network on Ning is that it be a place where members of the 2e community can exchange information and resources based on specific interests (eg, AD/HD) or location (eg, can someone recommend a counselor in the Chicago area).
Register at http://2enewsletter.ning.com/?xgi=5fRjVktrpoYhb5. You’ll be asked for your name, but you do not need to provide your real name. It does require a valid email address, as well as age/birthdate to satisfy a Ning requirement on participation (no kids). Participants can choose not to have age searchable. There are no ads on the network, and no personal information will be collected/used. It’s simply a resource for the 2e community.
3.) The Spatial Child by John Philo Dixon (Although often a primary sign of giftedness, spatial ability may be unrecognized, misdiagnosed or misunderstood. Describes ways to identify spatial children and methods of classroom instruction, with emphasis on approaches that encourage the spatial gift while compensating for possible deficiencies…)
(Are you relentlessly curious and creative, always willing to rock the boat in order to get things done… extremely energetic and focused, yet constantly switching gears… intensely sensitive, able to intuit subtly charged situations and decipher others’ feelings… a truth-teller who pushes toward perfection, driven by a sense of personal mission?)
Highly sensitive children (HSCs) are born deeply reflective, sensitive to the subtle, and easily overwhelmed. These qualities can make for smart, conscientious, creative children, but with the wrong parenting or schooling, they can become unusually shy or timid, or begin acting out. HSCs are often mislabeled as overly inhibited, fearful, or “fussy,” or classified as “problem children” (and in some cases, misdiagnosed with disorders such as ADD)…
Are you easily overwhelmed by stimuli? Affected by other people’s moods? Easily startled? Do you need to withdraw during busy times to a private, quiet place? This book helps HSPs (Highly Sensitive Persons) to understand themselves and their sensitive trait and its impact on personal history, career, relationships, and inner life…
13.) Accidental Genius by Kevin and Cassidy Kearney (Life with profoundly gifted children, experiences in dealing with school systems, and what happens to gifted girls)
With chapters including The Vulnerable Child, The Intimidating Child, The Different Drummer, The Little Adult, and The Pessimistic Child, among others, this is a great tool for parents to help their gifted kids learn and understand the subtle art if being a friend!
17.) Sticks and Stones by Scott Cooper (Teaches self defense against bullying. Principles of assertiveness training in a form that children can understand: self-expression, disclosure, deflection, verbal repetition, and problem/conflict resolution skills. This Verbal Toolbox is divided into seven categories called Ways, each named for a different type of bird. For example, for assertive self-expression, use the Way of the Blue Jay. If your child finds it difficult to deal assertively with bothersome people, the expressive Blue Jay can teach her to tell people directly how she feels about things. Conflict resolution is taught by the Way of the Dove. Simple techniques such as The Coin Toss, Solution Time for more serious disputes, and The Cone of Silence, teach children to find solutions to their differences and conflicts. Powerful metaphors that children can grasp with their unconscious minds.
(Perfectionism is not about doing our best. It’s not about the struggle for excellence, or the healthy striving for high goals. Perfectionism is about believing that if we can just do something perfectly, other people will love and accept us-and if we can’t, we’ll never be good enough. Perfectionism is a burden that takes a heavy toll…)
“Conundrum kids” — the superb writer who can’t add, the talented speech maker who can’t write legibly. Provides practical suggestions and ideas for parents trying to decide when the child should start school and teachers trying to cope. Also covers students up through college and deals with the topics of visual learning, motor functioning, auditory learning, language and learning, and psychological problems, plus strategies for dealing with standardized tests the world of college…
Hundreds of kids from around the world, ages 4 to 12, share their deepest, truest thoughts about about peers, families, school, and their futures. Being gifted has its upside and downside, and the kids talk about both…
A guide for pre-teens and teens who are a little more… more intense, more creative, more interesting, and yes, sometimes even called “more 31.) difficult.” A teen’s perspective into growing up as a gifted teen today.
32.) The Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children: What Do We Know? by Maureen Neihart, Sally M. Reis, Nancy M. Robinson, Sidney M. Moon. (What does the research (slim as it is) tell us? Essential reading for those who wish to enable gifted students to develop their strengths and to position them to make the contributions of which they are capable.)