Helping Gifted Children Soar: A Practical Guide for Parents and Teachers

Strip, Carol A. with Gretchen Hirsch. Helping Gifted Children Soar: A Practical Guide for Parents and Teachers. Gifted Psychology. Dec. 2000. c.270p. index. LC 00-034756. ISBN 0-910707-41-3. pap. $18. CHILD REARING

“Giftedness isn’t always pretty,” write Strip, a gifted-education specialist, and Hirsch, president of an Ohio-based business communications company. “Sometimes it’s confusing and downright messy.” In clear, enthusiastic writing, the authors describe different manifestations of giftedness as well as options for curricular and educational advancement. They explain that while gifted youth have added brainpower, they are particularly susceptible to perfectionism, depression, and low self-esteem. “Asynchronous development,” in which the intellect matures in advance of emotional, physical, and social skills, often wreaks havoc on these children. To counter these problems,, the authors encourage clear and open partnering among students, parents, and teachers on educational issues. When these groups act as “teammates in dealing with children’s academic, emotional and social needs” it is easier for gifted children to operate at their highest capacity. This solid, practical book includes a strong reference section. A scholarly and comprehensive examination of giftedness can be found in Ellen Winner’s Gifted Children: Myths and Realities (LJ 5/15/96). Recommended for large public libraries and also academic libraries with teaching programs.–Douglas C. Lord, Hartford P.L., CT

This book was reviewed in Library Journal 125.20 (Dec. 2000): p174; the galley was shredded on March 26, 2012.




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