Synopses & Reviews
Help gifted children realize they’re not alone, they’re not “weird,” and being smart is a bonus, not a burden. Based on a survey of 1,000 gifted kids, this retitled edition of the classic Gifted Kids’ Survival Guide is fully updated with the latest research. Readers learn how to cope with high expectations, perfectionism, labels, bullying, friendships, and more. Upbeat, informative, friendly, and compact, The Survival Guide for Gifted Kids is a must for young gifted children. At a time when many school gifted programs are scaling back, it’s more important than ever for kids to have this essential guide to growing up gifted.
About the Author
Award-winning author and publisher Judy Galbraith, M.A., has a master’s degree in guidance and counseling of the gifted. A former classroom teacher, she has worked with and taught gifted children and teens, their parents, and their teachers for many years. In 1983 she started Free Spirit Publishing, which specializes in Self-Help for Kids® and Self-Help for Teens® books and other learning resources. Judy is the author or coauthor of several books, including The Gifted Teen Survival Guide, When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All The Answers, What Kids Need to Succeed, and What Teens Need to Succeed. She has appeared on Oprah and has been featured in Family Circle and Family Life, as well as numerous other magazines, newspapers, and broadcast and electronic media. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Table of Contents
Welcome to The Survival Guide for Gifted Kids
About This Book
5 Things GTs Need to Succeed
Chapter 1: What It Means to Be Gifted
- 4 Fast Facts About GT
- G v. T
- The Many Sides of Intelligence
- Whiz Quiz: What Are Your Strong Smarts?
Chapter 2: Life as a Gifted Kid: What’s It Really Like?
- 8 Great Gripes of GT Kids
- 8 Big Benefits of Being GT
- When Did You Know?
- Too Many Labels
Chapter 3: YMIGT?
- Meet Your GT Brain
- Nature & Nurture
- Will I Always Be GT?
- What If I Don’t Want to Be GT—Can I Change?
Chapter 4: GT Programs: What Works, What Doesn’t, & What You Can Do About It
- What Is a GT Program?
- Who Gets In?
- Whiz Quiz: 20 Questions to Identify a GT
- Who Might Get Left Out?
- How’s Your Program?
- What If There’s No GT Program?
Chapter 5: When School Bores You Out of Your Brain
- 8 Great Ways to Make Regular School More Cool
- Find Other GTs & Take Action!
- What If You Hit a Roadblock?
Chapter 6: Perfectionism & Other Pains in the Brain
- The Perfection Infection (& Cure)
- Whiz Quiz: Are You a Perfectionist?
- What’s the Big Deal About Self-Esteem?
- The Great (or Not-So-Great) Gender Gap
- What to Do When You’re Freakishly Frantic or Down in the Dumps
Chapter 7: Social Smarts
- What Are Friends & Where Do You Find Them?
- Friendship Fiascos & Fixes
- The Trouble with Teasing & How to Cope
- What If the Teasing Becomes Bullying?
Chapter 8: Family Frustrations, Family Fun
- Great Expectations
- When You’re So Busy You Can’t See Straight
- Siblings: Pests or Pals?
Chapter 9: Great Brain Power
- Whiz Quiz: Brain Boost or Brain Drain?
- Witty Web Sites
- Brainy Books
- Vexing Video Games
Chapter 10: Freedom to Be GT
- Know Your Rights
- Get Your Rights
- A Few Final Words
Contests & Competitions
Sources for GT Facts
About the Author