Signs of Giftedness in Children Include: 

  • an extreme need for constant mental stimulation 
  • an ability to learn and process complex information rapidly 
  • a need to explore subjects in surprising depth 
  • an insatiable curiosity, as demonstrated by endless questions and inquiries ability to comprehend material several grade levels above their age peers surprising emotional depth and sensitivity at a young age 
  • enthusiastic about unique interests and topics 
  • quirky or mature sense of humor 
  • creative problem solving and imaginative expression 
  • absorbs information quickly with few repetitions needed 
  • self-aware, socially aware, and aware of global issue

-Davidson Institute (2021)

Parents

National Association for Gifted Children – Resources for Parents

NAGC is the leading authority on Gifted learners in our nation. 

https://www.nagc.org/resources-publications/resources-parents

Myths About Gifted Students 

NAGC compiled a list of the most prevalent myths in gifted education with evidence rebutting each of them. This list was developed from a longer list of myths explored in a special of Gifted Child Quarterly (GCQ) in the Fall of 2009.

https://www.nagc.org/myths-about-gifted-students

Motivation and Learning 

As a parent of a gifted child, you want to know how you can help your child stay engaged with learning. Your child’s interests open the door to a love of learning. 

https://www.nagc.org/resources-publications/resources-parents/motivation-and-learning

Parent TIP Sheets 

The Timely Information for Parents (TIP) Sheets are for parents and caregivers of gifted children to download, read, and share as their children’s needs change.

http://www.nagc.org/resources publications/resources-parents/parent-tip-sheets

Virtual Gifted and Talented Enrichment Support Materials 

The Kentucky Association for Gifted Education has prepared resources for parents and educators that list and link virtual gifted and talented enrichment support materials.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UbaobL2ymO4_MW4N0eVvdBEfMPLyGaH7KipH27O nmg0/edit

Minnesota Academic League Council 

Programs that have met the criteria and received the Minnesota Academic League Council’s approval are included in the Reach for the Stars catalog. An abbreviated list highlighting  programs with international participation is available at  

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1RKztxW1ZdnTCCm3VOFkjHLT2pMeDG-wYWuyc6- 1oRok/edit#gid=0

Giving Back: A Guidebook for Volunteerism and Community Service

Published by the Davidson Institute. Giving Back: A Guidebook for Volunteerism and  Community Service is specifically designed to help bright students make an informed decision about how to utilize their talents to make a positive difference. 

https://www.davidsongifted.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Davidson_Guidebook_GivingBack_2021.pdf

Mentoring Guidebook 

This guidebook is specifically designed to help parents and students interested in developing a  mentorship. The guidebook will help you answer such questions as: Is a mentoring partnership appropriate? How do I locate a mentor? What kind of relationship is most beneficial? What will the connection entail? Ideally, this guidebook is to be used as an information guide to help establish, maintain, and conclude a mentorship.  

https://www.davidsongifted.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Davidson_Guidebook_Mentoring_2021.pdf

Twice Exceptionality 

Though this isn’t an exhaustive text, this guidebook is meant to act as a launchpad for parents and educators to learn more about twice-exceptionality, the process of identification and assessment, and how to support children who are 2E intellectually, emotionally, and socially.

https://www.davidsongifted.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Twice-Exceptionality-A Resource-Guide-for-Parents-15-June-2018.pdf

2e Guidebook Resources and Bibliography 

These references are part of a Davidson Institutes guidebook, Twice Exceptionality: A  Resource Guide for Parents. https://www.davidsongifted.org/gifted-blog/2e-guidebook resources-and-bibliography/

Davidson Gifted Blog 

https://www.davidsongifted.org/gifted-blog/

Tips for Parents: Advocacy and Working with Your Child’s School 

This Tips for Parents article, authored by Ann Lupkowski-Shoplik, Ph.D., is from a seminar she hosted exclusively for Young Scholar parents. She provides numerous strategies on how to advocate for your gifted student in his/her school setting. 

https://www.davidsongifted.org/gifted-blog/tips-for-parents-advocacy-and-working-with-your childs-school/