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"Adolescence is a time for learning more about who one is, a time for
forming a personal identity. For many adolescents, this involves trying on
different looks, images, and patterns of behavior. Parents need to be tolerant
during this experimental stage." Glenda L. Griffin,
"It might be advisable for educators, especially teachers, to be
sensitive to possible feelings of isolation on the part of the extremely
gifted students..." Susan Dauber and Camilla Benbow,
of personality and peer relations of extremely talented adolescents
Gifted Teen Survival Guide: Smart, Sharp, and Ready for (Almost) Anything
by Judy Galbraith and Jim Delisle (or from
Barnes & Noble)
- Updated 4th version is better than ever, keeping the best themes from the
older versions but in a readable new format, and including lots of new
stuff, too. The ultimate guide for teens includes "discover virtual
learning, find a cure for the common college, learn the value of mistakes,
manage expectations and embrace your passions!"
Essential Guide to Talking With Gifted Teens: Ready-to-use Discussions About
Identity, Stress, Relationships, and More
by Jean Sunde Peterson
- Gifted teens have concerns, some like any other teen, and some unique to
their giftedness, on topics including identity, perfectionism,
relationships, stressors, and more. This guide offers 50 ready-to-use
discussion topics and materials; it's introduction gives detailed
information on how ot use the book, and how to facilitate large or small
group discussions with gifted teens. I wish my teens had access to
such a comprehensive discussion series!
A Parent's Guide to Gifted Teens: Living with Intense and Creative
by Lisa Rivero
- The parent's guide to those wild-n-crazy teens! And for the teens,
Smart Teens' Guide to Living with Intensity: How to Get More Out of Life and
Teens' Guide to Living with Intensity: How to Get More Out of Life and
by Lisa Rivero
- A guide for pre-teens and teens who are a little more... more intense,
more creative, more interesting, and yes, sometimes even called "more
difficult." A teen's perspective into growing up as a gifted teen
today. And for the parents,
A Parent's Guide to Gifted Teens: Living with Intense and Creative
with Teens About What Matters to Them: Ready-to-Use Discussions on Stress,
Identity, Feelings, Relationships, Family, and the Future
by Jean Sunde Peterson
- All young people need a safe, supportive place to “just talk” with caring
peers and an attentive adult. Talk with Teens has been tested with
thousands of teens in many kinds of schools, community centers, churches,
and workshops. Its guided discussions are proven ways to reach out to young
people and address their social and emotional needs. Teens gain
self-awareness and self-esteem, practice problem-solving and goal-setting,
feel more in control of their lives, and learn that they have much in common
with one another—they are not alone.
The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey
- Based on his father's bestselling
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Sean Covey applies the same
principles to teens, using a vivacious, entertaining style. To keep it fun,
Covey writes, he "stuffed it full of cartoons, clever ideas, great quotes,
and incredible stories about real teens from all over the world... along
with a few other surprises."...
of Giftedness: Effects of Perceptions in Gifted Adolescents by Shelley
- Aside from the ongoing debate about what giftedness really is, researchers
and educators are also divided on the most effective way to educate and
counsel this group. Without a clear consensus on what the concept of
giftedness is, it is difficult to know how to approach this group as a whole,
much less the short but eminent developmental period of adolescence...
and gifted: Addressing existential dread by J'Anne Ellsworth
- Gifted youth may be especially susceptible to experiencing Existential
Dread. If teachers, parents and students work together, the following
solutions are suggested for consideration: a) nourish students socially, (b)
work toward acceptance of giftedness and teach methods for enhancing emotional
development, (c) provide philosophical nurturance...
of personality and peer relations of extremely talented adolescents by
Susan Dauber and Camilla Benbow
- While much attention has been given to ensuring that the extremely gifted
student is afforded an acceptable and broadening intellectual environment,
perhaps not enough emphasis has been placed on developing such students' peer
interaction skills. It might be advisable for educators, especially teachers,
to be sensitive to possible feelings of isolation on the part of the extremely
gifted students. Facilitating the acceptance of the gifted child by peers and
the formation of social relationships may significantly benefit the extremely
star -- black sky: A phenomenological study of depression as a window into the
psyche of the gifted adolescent by P. Susan Jackson
- ...investigated the lived experience of the depressive state of ten gifted
adolescents. Analysis revealed a complex stratum of influences fueling the
depressive experience. At the core of the experience is the gifted teen's
absolute need for knowledge for communion and for expression. The analysis
revealed that the gifted adolescent is at risk for varying degrees of
depression when any or all of these needs are stymied...
Planning for Gifted Students by Sandra L. Berger
- Everything you need to know and do, starting in 7th and stepping right
through 12th grade, to plan for college for your gifted student. Why
don't the school counselors tell us this?!
Emotional Journey of the Gifted and Talented Adolescent Female by Suzanne
- At 14, our daughter lost a hard fought struggle. Her slow descent into
depression began during fourth grade after our family's relocation... Once
self-confident and happy, she became filled with anxiety and frustration by
the end of middle school. In ninth grade Sarah was haunted by rapid
thoughts, and sleepless nights. Her tremendous mental energies eventually
spiraled inward, settling into a looping, repetitive chant: I'm unacceptable
affecting the academic choices of academically talented adolescents by
Paula Olszewski-Kubilius and Jeff Yasumoto
- ...factors that influence the course choices of gifted middle school
students who participate in a summer academic program. Specifically, factors
that affect the choice between a verbal versus a science course and a verbal
versus a mathematics course were studied. The factors included gender, race,
ability, previous educational experiences, interests, and parental attitudes.
Results showed that there was a gender difference...
and attitudes of gifted students by Tiffany Field, Jeff Harding, Regina
Yando, Ketty Gonzalez, David Lasko, Debra Bendell and Carol Marks
- Gifted students perceived themselves as being more intimate with friends,
assuming fewer family responsibilities, and taking more risks. Contrary to the
literature suggesting delays in the social development of gifted students,
these data indicate that gifted students may be socially precocious when
compared with their nongifted peers...
Gifted Adolescent by James R. Delisle
- One of the ironies of early adolescence is its contradictory nature.
Between the ages of 10 and 14, kids want to be seen as unique individuals, but
not so unique that they get odd looks from classmates. And they want to
be excited about learning, but not so much so that they are seen as "gifted
kids at risk: Who's listening? by Patricia A. Schuler
- Research consistently shows that many gifted children and adolescents have
the capacity for intensified thinking and feeling, as well as vivid
imaginations. Whether they are gifted athletes, artists, musicians,
intellectuals, or are highly creative, they may have higher levels of
emotional development due to greater awareness and intensity of feeling.
"Being different" in ability and personality characteristics may lead to
higher expectations, jealousy, and resentment by adults and peers...
at Adolescence: Diverse Educational Options Required by Dona J. Matthews
- Optimal educational response to exceptionally high-level development,
particularly at adolescence, is to move toward providing a wide range of
creatively flexible curriculum adaptations that take into account
variability in students' learning styles and needs...
Adolescents Adjust to Giftedness (ERIC Digest #489) by Thomas M. Buescher
and Sharon Higham
- Young gifted people between the ages of 11 and 15 frequently report a
range of problems as a result of their abundant gifts: perfectionism,
competitiveness, unrealistic appraisal of their gifts, rejection from peers,
confusion due to mixed messages about their talents, and parental and social
pressures to achieve, as well as problems with unchallenging school programs
or increased expectations. Developmental issues that all adolescents encounter
exist also for gifted students, yet they are further complicated by the
special needs and characteristics of being gifted...
Gifted Students with Stress Management (ERIC Digest #488) by Leslie S.
- Many gifted youngsters have a heightened sensitivity to their
surroundings, to events, to ideas, and to expectations. Some experience their
own high expectations for achievement as a relentless pressure to excel.
Constant striving to live up to self-expectations--or those of others--to be
first, best, or both can be very stressful...
- How Can I Help
My Gifted Child Plan for College? by Sandra Berger, an ERIC Parent's Brochure
- Early steps parents and their gifted children can take to prepare for
college and to ensure that the college experience is positive
and Relationship Issues in Intellectually Gifted Adolescents by Deborah
- Adolescence is a difficult time for most people, but social and emotional
issues are exacerbated in the exceptionally or profoundly gifted adolescent
who discovers the needs for friendship connections, romance, and greater
independence in school and home...
Gifted Adolescents by Glenda L. Griffin, in
Gifted Child Today
- Adolescents need to feel that parents trust them and believe that they
will make the right decisions or perform the right actions should decisions or
actions become necessary. Along with saying yes as often as possible
comes the importance of giving adolescents choices. This allows young
adolescents some control over their own lives...
Parenting Teens With Love & Logic: Preparing Adolescents for Responsible
Adulthood by Jim Fay and Foster W. Cline
- Parenting pearls in the last third of the book are worth the price of
Their Impact on Gifted Adolescents commentary by Julie L. Sherman
- In order for other gifted adolescents to succeed, parents must realize the
significant role they play in their child's development, and the impact they
have on their child's future success...
and the Gifted Adolescent: Recognizing and Helping Gifted Adolescents Deal
with their Perfectionistic Tendencies by Mary Codd
- Parents and teachers often feel that they need to cure children of their
perfectionist tendencies. However, perfectionism can be viewed as having
both positive and negative aspects. We need to help our gifted
perfectionistic students move away from negative tendencies and toward the
more positive aspects of perfectionism. Includes great suggestion list
for both parents and teachers...
Psychological Autopsy of the Suicide of an Academically Gifted Student:
Researchers' and Parents' Perspectives by Tracy L. Cross, Karyn Gust-Brey,
and P. Bonny Hall
- Follows the subject across 21 years of life, highlighting relevant
milestones and significant stages and events. A comprehensive view of
the life and death of a gifted student...
Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip,
Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence
by Rosalind Wiseman
- Helps parents understand their daughters' friendships, the power of
cliques and the roles of girls within them (including Queen Bee, Sidekick,
Torn Bystander, Messenger and Target). She outlines parenting styles (from
"The Lock-Her-in-a-Closet Parent" to "The Loving-Hard-Ass Parent") and
offers tips on talking to teens...
Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls
by Mary Pipher
- If you have a gifted girl approaching or in the teen years, you should
read this book, and perhaps have her read it, and discuss it together
- and the clever
Ophelia Speaks : Adolescent Girls Write About Their Search for Self by
- ...reveals telling portraits of teenage girls in this book, a compilation
of essays, poems, and true-grit commentary from a cross section of teenage
girls (or Ophelias), throughout the country. The book succeeds because it
gives voice to their deepest concerns and their too-often frenzied lives
and the Highly Gifted Adolescent by Annette Revel Sheely
- Asynchronous, or out-of-sync, development so commonly seen in highly
gifted children, wreaks havoc not only with educational needs, but also with
the milestones of growth and maturity. Many parents of highly gifted children
have reported that the physical changes of puberty and the emotional
adjustments of adolescence began years earlier than expected for their
and the Highly Gifted Adolescent by Stephanie S. Tolan
- Are highly gifted children different from other children in the way they
cope with the major physiological changes that mark the transition from
childhood to adulthood? ...it’s possible to say that the highly gifted differ
both from other children and from each other on the subject of sexuality...
and emotional issues faced by gifted girls in elementary and secondary school
by Sally M. Reis
- Research with talented girls and women has revealed a
number of personality factors, personal priorities, and social emotional
issues that have consistently emerged as contributing reasons that many either
cannot or do not realize their potential...
- Spirituality and
the Highly Gifted Adolescent by Stephanie Tolan
- "Spirituality, on the other hand, is an individual's experience of
and relationship with a fundamental, nonmaterial aspect of the universe that
may be referred to in many ways...It is the way the individual finds
meaning, the way the individual relates to "life, the universe and
Among Gifted Adolescents: How to Prevent It by Denise de Souza Fleith
- The most salient characteristics of gifted adolescents that may be
associated with vulnerability to social and emotional disturbances are: (a)
perfectionism, (b) supersensitivy, (c) social isolation, and (d) sensory
Your Adolescents: How to Manage-and Let Go of-Your 13-18 Year Olds
A step-by-step approach that will help end hassles and offer concrete
solutions. Learn the differences between teens and parents, how to evaluate
the seriousness of their problems, exactly what problems require
professional attention, what problems require "letting go", the Four
Cardinal Sins (what not to do!), five ways to improve the parent-teen
relationship, what role to take (Observer, Advisor, Negotiator, Director),
tactics to combat testing and manipulation, and guidelines for common
Synthesis of Research on Psychological Types of Gifted Adolescents by Ugur
- Results of studies about personality types of gifted adolescents. Gifted
adolescents were higher on the Introversion, Intuition, Thinking, and
Perceiving dimensions of the personality scales of the Myers-Briggs Type
Indicator (MBTI) when compared to general high school students. Also, gifted
adolescents differed within the group by gender and by ability. Based on the
findings, Sak discusses teaching practices for gifted students according to
their personality preferences...
Talented Teenagers: The Roots of Success and Failure by Mihaly
Csikszentmihalyi, Kevin Rathunde and Samuel Whalen
- The results of a monumental five-year study of a group of exceptionally
talented teenagers, examining the role that personality traits, family
interactions, education, and the social environment play in a young person's
motivation to develop his or her talent. Read DITD
Brain: A work in progress by National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH)
- A brief overview of research into brain development during adolescence.
...NIMH's Dr. Judith Rapoport and colleagues were surprised to discover a
second wave of overproduction of gray matter, the thinking part of the
brain—neurons and their branch-like extensions—just prior to puberty...
Imaging Study Shows Brain Maturing and view the time-lapse 3-D movie that
compresses 15 years of human brain maturation, ages 5 to 20...
With ADD: A Parents' Guide
by Chris A. Zeigler Dendy
- Add to the struggle for control and confusion with emerging identity of
the typical teen, the challenges difficulty focusing attention, resisting
impulses, or remaining still, and you will understand the necessity of a
manual for how to live and work with teens with ADD
Challenged to do Hard Things by Michael Smith, the Washington Times
Is teenage rebellion inevitable, or are there new ways of thinking that
could address the problem? Responsibility for teenage rebellion and
underperformance must fall primarily at the feet of parents and other
adults. This is because our current expectations for teenagers provide very
little challenge. Alex and Brett Harris, 19-year-old home-schooled twins,
are trying to give adults and teens a wake-up call. In their book, "Do
Hard Things," they attempt to explode the myth of adolescence...
for parents: The real world of gifted teens by Mary-Elaine Jacobsen
selection of comments and tips collected from an online seminar about the
complex issues of adolescence for profoundly gifted teens and their parents,
inclduing When School Structure Becomes Stricture, Social/Emotional Brick Walls,
What About Introversion and Extroversion?, and more...
be young, gifted and depressed by Cathy Babao Guballa, Inquirer News
- In the families studied, the teenagers who killed themselves could be said
to be the ones who embodied the family myth or the ones who followed their
parents' covert rules and wanted to fulfill their dreams. They were considered
a favorite or considered as an ideal son/daughter....
November 29, 2011