Giftedness 101

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Giftedness 101

SKU# 9780826107978

Author: Linda Silverman PhD


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In my estimation Giftedness 101 ranks high among authoritative texts devoted to this particular population of children. It not only offers thorough experience and knowledge-based insights to those who are already or are contemplating serving the social emotional needs of these children in the future, but also those who profess to educate future teachers, those who would venture out into classrooms charged with the teaching and many others besides. It should be required reading for politicians - especially those who shape educational policy."--Gifted and Talented International

"Linda Silverman is an articulate, insightful, authoritative, and extremely "gifted" international expert in the assessment of giftedness...[She] has created a gem with Giftedness 101. The fields of psychology and education should welcome this vibrant book with open arms."

Alan S. Kaufman, PhD
Yale Child Study Center
School of Medicine

"This is a really terrific book! I'm really impressed at how much information has been packed into it, how accessible it is (without talking down to the audience), and how well the author has parsed the many key issues in the world of giftedness. Parents and mental health professionals with find this book incredibly useful. I look forward to sharing it far and wide. I think it is a book that was badly needed and will really fill a niche."

Corin Goodwin
CEO & Executive Director, Gifted Homeschoolers Forum

This is the most thorough history, explanation, and call to action for gifted advocates you will find."--Laughing at Chaos Blog

What is giftedness? Is it the potential for success or is it the experience of being an "outsider"? This book addresses the unique psychological needs of gifted children, which are often manifested as "feeling different," and examines special issues such as gifted children with learning disabilities, gender considerations, implications of socio-economic status, and more.

Giftedness 101 dispels common myths about giftedness and challenges the view that eminence is the true signifier of giftedness. It offers specific guidelines to psychologists, parents, and teachers; describes comprehensive assessment of the gifted; provides support for the twice exceptional; and focuses on the complex inner world of the gifted. The book defines giftedness as a psychological reality with powerful ramifications throughout the lifespan. Giftedness 101 will be a valuable, eye-opening resource for psychologists, educators, and other professionals who work with the gifted, as well as gifted individuals and their families.

Key Features:

  • Provides a concise, accessible overview of one of the most important and challenging topics in psychology and education
  • Examines the concept of giftedness across the lifespan
  • Covers both the intellectual assessment and development of gifted individuals as well as the psychological well-being issues of this population
  • Written by a prominent expert in the field of the psychology of giftedness

Product Details 

  • Publication Date December 12, 2012
  • Page Count 308
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826107978
  • EISBN 9780826107985

Table of Contents 

1. What is Giftedness?

a. Historical Perspectives

b. Debunking the Myths

c. Is Giftedness Born or Made?

d. Giftedness as Developmental Advancement

e. Asynchronous Development

f. Parallels between Developmental Advancement and Developmental Delay

2. Stereotypes and the Pioneers Who Slew Them

3. What Does Giftedness Look Like?

4. The Psychology of Giftedness

5. Comprehensive Assessment of Giftedness

6. Optimal Development of the Gifted

7. Special Issues

8. Where Do We Go From Here?

Interview With The Author 

Myths of Giftedness: Linda Silverman

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Why did I write "Giftedness 101"?

This book is a wake-up call to mental health providers. Every other field of exceptionality has been embraced by psychology, but this child has been abandoned. The fate of the gifted has been left in the hands of educators. When Giftedness 101 was submitted to the Library of Congress for cataloguing, it was classified... Read More