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For the Gifted Child and Teen
"The typical adolescent urge for less dependence on parents makes it
particularly important for students in the middle grades to begin advocating
for themselves. Each year I poll gifted middle schoolers on their comfort
level in self-advocating. Not surprisingly, most are uncomfortable asking a
teacher to modify something for them, and even less comfortable with their
parents asking for them. Advice and assistance from parents is often shunned
as teens transition into the greater independence of secondary school. But
their naive attempts at self-advocacy frequently get them into trouble."
Deborah Douglas, "Four
Simple Steps to Self-Advocacy"
March 26, 2019
Simple Steps to Self-Advocacy
by Deborah Douglas
I can’t read your mind,” I told my son when he was a teenager, “so
give me a little help here. What would make school better for you?” His
shrug and blank stare told me that he didn’t really know how to describe
what he needed. ... Fifteen years later as a gifted education coordinator, I
still get that blank stare from many of the young people with whom I
work—who don’t know how to ask, don’t know what to ask for, don’t even know
that they can ask. Now, however, I have a plan to help them create a more
successful, satisfying school experience...
Kids' Bill of Rights
by Marissa K. Lingen
Each gifted child can say...
1) I have the right to challenge myself. I should realize that my interests
and my thoughts are valid and should be pursued. If you don't limit me, I'm
less likely to limit myself...
Gifted Kids Survival Guide (For Ages 10 and Under)
by Judy Galbraith Also available from
Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
- Introduction to giftedness for the younger child...
Gifted Kids Survival Guide: A Teen Handbook
by Judy Galbraith and Jim Delisle Also available from
Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca
The ultimate guide to surviving and thriving in a world that doesn't always
value, support, or understand high ability. Full of surprising facts,
step-by-step strategies, and practical how-tos, and inspiring quotations
Learning and Academically Talented Students by Sally Reis
- The development of good self-regulation usually involves self-observation;
self-judgment; self-reaction with goal-setting, self-administered praise or
criticism, and asking for help. Guiding students in acquiring these
strategies can successfully increase their self-regulation and enhance