Parents’ Guide to Raising a Gifted Child
This book is a compilation of articles, parenting advice, and activities gleaned from the pages of the GIFTED CHILDREN NEWSLETTER (now called GIFTED CHILDREN MONTHLY). James Alvino, publisher and editor-in-chief of this highly acclaimed monthly magazine, provides parents with a basis for evaluating their children for giftedness. He presents a list of characteristics to look for in the areas of general intellectual ability, leadership, and creativity. He further examines giftedness in special populations, such as handicapped and minority children--an often neglected segment of the school-age population in terms of evaluation for giftedness.
Once identification has been made, providing the proper educational and enriching experiences becomes important. Parents must play a positive and active role in determining whether the school system, public or private, is providing adequate learning experiences for their children. Recommendations of what to look for in the classroom experience are provided. In addition, Alvino suggests many at-home activities to develop critical thinking skills, encourage creative writing, and challenge mathematical ability. These activities provide a channel for encouraging communication between parent and child as well as imparting important skills in an entertaining and unstructured manner.
Alvino devotes two chapters to counseling and trouble-shooting. These sections will be particularly helpful to parents, especially...
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