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Advocacy, Books, Parenting and Professional Services

Frequently Asked Questions  (NAGC)

Giftedness and the Gifted: What’s It All About?  (Davidson Institute, ERIC Digest #476)


Advocacy Advice:  Maintain records, good relationships with educators and persistence.  Be able to provide data about your child’s abilities.  Make a record of all correspondence, written and verbal, as well as your child’s achievements, grades, standardized test scores and relevant work samples.  Do all you can to keep a good working relationship with your child’s teachers and administrators.  If necessary, seek help from qualified professionals to provide the necessary data or advocate on behalf of your child.  Contact upper level administrators and other parents for advice.  Stay calm and steadfast.  Do not give up!

Tips for Talking to Teachers










Advocates for High Ability Learners Association (AHA-Learners)

Advocacy Toolkit  (NAGC)

Communicating Effectively With Your Gifted Child’s School by Dr. Joan Franklin Smutny

Differentiated Instruction for Young Gifted Children: How Parents Can Help (Davidson Institute)

How We Formed Parent Advocacy Group (Gifted Child Today)


A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children, by James T. Webb, Ph.D.; Janet L. Gore, M.Ed.; Edward R. Amend, Psy.D.; Arlene R. DeVries, M.S.E.

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Great Potential Press – Books For Guiding Gifted Learners.  The Mission of Great Potential Press is to publish quality books and materials, based on research and life experience, to guide parents and teachers through the world of giftedness.

Nurturing Brilliance – Book Review

Helping Gifted Children Soar: A Practical Guide for Parents and Teachers, by Carol A. Strip, Ph.D.

On the Social and Emotional Lives of Gifted Children, 4th ed., by Tracy L. Cross Ph.D.

The Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Children, by Maureen Neihart, Sally M. Reis, Nancy M. Robinson, & Sydney M. Moon


Byrdseed is a place dedicated to differentiating instruction for high-level learners –  ideas for puzzles, projects, literature, etc.Mom's kiss

Hoagies Gifted  The “All Things Gifted” page

How Parents Can Support Gifted Children (Child Development Institute)

Joy and Challenge: Parenting Gifted Children (SENG)

Keys to Successfully Parenting the Gifted Child eBook, by Deborah Ruf, Ph.D. and Larry A. Kuusisto, Ph.D.

Make Your Worrier a Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Child’s Fears, by Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.

Psycho-social Needs: Understanding The Emotional, Intellectual and Social Uniqueness Of Growing Up Gifted, by Lesley Sword (Davidson Institute Talent Development Resources)

The Survival Guide for Parents of Gifted Kids: How to Understand, Live With, and Stick Up for Your Gifted Child, by Sally Yahnke Walker, Ph.D.Man and Child Having fun in the park.

An Examination of Paternal Influence on High Achieving Gifted Males (Davidson Institute)

Professional Services

CTY’s Diagnostic and Counseling Center  Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth provides individualized assessments and educational guidance for students of all ages.

Hand In Hand Homeschool – Professional Services  Maryland Hand In Hand Homeschool is a recognized leader in helping families, educators, and other professionals find the answers they need to unique educational problems through educational testing, private consultations, and as an expert witness.

Human Development Center  Established in 1987, our clinical expertise includes assessment [including identification of gifted and twice exceptional students] and treatment of problems of childhood as well as adult problems.

Jones Falls Psych Associates  Johns Hopkins trained child psychologist, Heather Powell, Ph.D., specializes in evaluations that identify gifted, talented, and twice exceptional students.

R. Patrick Savage, Jr. Ph.D. & Associates   We routinely provide assessment services for elementary, middle, high school, college and post-graduate levels of education, tailoring the battery of tests and recommendations to the unique requirements and needs of the student.

TalentIgniter  Kids Online IQ and Self-Esteem Assessments – You need to know how your child compares to others, both intellectually and academically, before you choose a school, by Dr. Deborah Ruf.

Weinfeld Education Group   The Weinfeld Education Group matches students with appropriate gifted and talented math, science, communications, and arts programs in the Maryland, Northern Virginia, and DC area.Adults w:Laptop

2e Newsletter Provider Referral Database – Advocates, Assessments, and Psychological Services


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