State and National Resources
For all things gifted
Blog sites- Food for Thought
Educational tools/toys- including sensory items
Support for Learning Difficulties
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Books and other Materials
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Great Reads For Kids
The Red Beast – Author K.I. Al-Ghani
This book assists children in taming their ‘anger beast’ and building their self-esteem by learning to control their feelings.
Mister Jitters – Author Kerry Moss
A book to help manage childhood anxiety and behavioural difficulties. A story for pre-school and early primary school aged children.
Great Reads For Adults
The Beginner’s Guide to Life on the Bright Side – Author Derrin Cramer
This a good starting point for parents covering the answers to frequently asked questions. Derrin has consulted to more than 300 families and has now packaged his knowledge in a book.
Gifted and Thriving at School – Author Derrin Cramer
This an advocacy handbook, leading parents though the process of seeking a good educational ‘fit’ for their gifted child. It covers gathering and organising information about your child, building positive relationships with the school, preparing for and attending meetings, ways to communicate effectively and is packed with comments from parents who have been down the gifted road, in addition to what Derrin has learnt over the years.
You can find more about the books at http://www.thinkingahead.com.au/Resources/purchase_resources.htm They are available in paperback, ebook and pdf formats.
Orientation-The School for Gifted Potentials Author Allis Wade
“One hundred years in the future, Government Observers roam the classrooms of average learners, looking for the rare gifted learners still left in the general population. One gifted child, who has been carefully coached by his mother to appear average, is unaware that his abilities have been documented by an Observer for years, until he is tricked into showing his mathematical strengths. He is devastated to receive a letter requiring him to test at The School for Gifted Potentials, but he cleverly sabotages the tests and is prepared to leave, only to discover that his mother has abandoned him at the school she has raised him to fear. During his one week orientation, as he undertakes an enlightening journey of self-discovery, he uncovers a secret about his mother’s past that leads him to question everything that he once believed”.
Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual Spacial Learner – Author Linda Kreger Silverman
Dr. Linda Silverman coined the term “visual-spatial learner” in 1981 to describe the unique gifts of people who think in images. They get the big picture because they see the world through artists’ eyes. They remember what they see, but forget what they hear. They’re disorganized, can’t spell and have no sense of time, but they have an infectious sense of humor, wild imaginations and can lose themselves completely in the joy of the moment.
A Nation Deceived From- The Institute for Research and Policy on Acceleration (also available online at www.accelerationinstitute.org)
Research documents and study into the need and validation of HG/EG/PG kids to be accelerated. Includes full version and summarised for version for easy reading. A must read for anyone consideration acceleration for their child.
Exceptionally Gifted Children – Author Miraca Gross
In Exceptionally Gifted Children, Gross’ 20 year study reveals the ongoing negative academic and social effects of prolonged underachievement and social isolation imposed on gifted children by inappropriate curriculum and class placement. It goes on to show clearly the long lasting benefits of thoughtfully planned individual educational programs. The young adults of this study speak out and show how what happened in school has influenced and still influences many aspects of their lives. Miraca Gross provides a clear, practical blueprint for teachers and parents who recognise the special learning needs of gifted children and seek to respond effectively.
It’s Not Fair- Parenting the Bright and Challenging Child Hines/Baverstock
Focuses specifically on parenting 8-12 year olds who are independent risk-takers. Discusses the need to set and reinforce boundaries, identify issues and risks and helps your child be more aware of the needs of others.
Raising a Left-Brain Child in a Right-Brain World Katharine Beals
Beals uses the term ‘left-brain’ to describe a type of child whose talents and inclinations lean heavily toward the logical, linear, analytical and introverted side of the human psyche, as opposed to the ‘right brain’, a term often associated with our emotional, holistic, intuitive and extroverted side.
Raising Gifted Kids, Everything You Need to Know to Help Your Exceptional Child Thrive – Author Barbara Klein
While it can be rewarding to raise an extremely bright child — quick, curious, sensitive, and introspective -it’s also a daunting challenge. Parents need insight into their own motivations (as well as those of their children), and the courage and ability to make tough decisions about their child’s development. Raising Gifted Kids will help parents understand and cope with the obstacles they face in raising a gifted child, and help them make the best choices for their son’s or daughter’s growth and happiness.