Media, Books, and Links


Social Dynamics – Presentation by Michelle Springman and Silvia Henning, of Macdonald Psychological Services:

Gifted and Underachievement – Presentation by Dr. Laurie Alisat at Queen Elizabeth High School, January 2017

Mindful Parenting – Presentation by Rosanna D’Agnillo at Louis Riel, September 2016

The High School Experience – High School information night presentation at Henry Wise Wood, March 2016

Perfectionism, anxiety, and depression in gifted learners – Dr. Laurie Alisat’s January 2016 presentation to the GATE parents

Living & thriving with your twice exceptional gifted child – Dr. Laurie Alisat’s November 2015 presentation to the GATE parents


When Perfect Isn't Good Enough: Strategies for Coping with Perfectionism

Martin Antony, Richard Swinson

In this fully revised and updated second edition of When Perfect Isn’t Good Enough , you’ll discover the root cause of your perfectionism, explore the impact of perfectionism on your life, and find new, proven-effective coping skills to help you overcome your anxiety about making mistakes. This guide also includes tips for dealing with other perfectionists and discussions about how perfectionism is linked to worry, depression, anger, social anxiety, and body image. As you complete the exercises in this book, you’ll find it easier and easier to keep worries at bay and enjoylife – imperfections and all.


Carol S. Dweck

In this edition, Dweck introduces a phenomenon she calls false growth mindset and guides people toward adopting a deeper, truer growth mindset. She also expands the mindset concept beyond the individual, applying it to the cultures of groups and organizations. With the right mindset, you can motivate those you lead, teach, and love—to transform their lives and your own.

Parenting Gifted Children: The Authoritative Guide from the National Association for Gifted Children

Donald J. TreffingerTracy F. InmanJennifer L. Jolly

The official guide to parenting gifted kids from the nation’s leading organization on gifted children–this guidebook will allow parents to find the support and resources they need to help their children find success in school and beyond.

A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children

James T. Webb, Janet L. Gore

Triple Award-Winner—this book provides practical guidance in areas such as: Characteristics of gifted children, Peer relations, Sibling issues, Motivation & underachievement, Discipline issues, Intensity & stress, Depression & unhappiness, Educational planning, Parenting concerns, Finding professional help, and more.

The Survival Guide for Gifted Kids: For Ages 10 and Under

Judy Galbraith

Based on 1,000 surveys of gifted kids, this book is packed with illustrations, quizzes, tips and quotes, plus information on gifted brain development, technology and self-esteem. Readers learn how to cope with high expectations, perfectionism, labels, bullying, friendships and more.

The Gifted Teen Survival Guide: Smart, Sharp, and Ready for (Almost) Anything

Judy Galbraith and Jim Delisle

Help gifted children realize they’re not alone, they’re not ‘weird,’ and being smart is a bonus, not a burden. Based on surveys of gifted kids, this book gives readers the tools they need to appreciate their giftedness as an asset and to use it to make the most of who they are.

Different Minds: Gifted Children with AD/HD, Asperger Syndrome and Other Learning Deficits

Deirdre V Lovecky

Through recognizing the different levels and kinds of giftedness, this book provides an insight into the challenges and benefits specific to gifted children with attention difficulties.

Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students: Helping Kids Cope with Explosive Feelings

Christine Fonseca 

This book provides the resource parents and teachers need to not only understand why gifted children are so extreme in their behavior, but also learn specific strategies to teach gifted children how to live with their intensity. Presented in an easy-to-read, conversational style.

Growing up Gifted: 8th Edition

Barbara Clark

Highly recommended! An internationally known expert in the field of giftedness, the author presents some of the most up-to-date research on gifted and talented education spanning pre-school through secondary divisions.



Alberta Learning

Alberta Learning develops and administers legislation, regulations, and policies related to the governance, funding and delivery of education in the province” (Programming for Students with Special Needs: Gifted and Talented, 2000 Book 7, Alberta Learning). Alberta Learning has also published The Journey: A Handbook for Parents of Children Who Are Gifted and Talented, 2004, which is available on their website.


The Calgary Association for Bright Children (CABC)

To advance education by informing, advocating and supporting the social and emotional development of bright, gifted and talented children in Alberta.


The Calgary Board of Education (CBE)

Calgary Board of Education’s basic description of their GATE program.


ABC (Association for Bright Children of Ontario)

To increase the understanding and acceptance of bright and gifted children/youth at home, at school and in the community.


The Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta

The Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta (LDAA) is a registered charity that provides information and support for people with learning disabilities. A voluntary, not-for-profit organization of parents, professionals and other concerned people, the LDAA works locally through its chapters and provincially to promote understanding and improved services for children and adults with learning disabilities.


Dr. Judy L. Lupart, Professor (Canada Research Chair in Special Education)

Department of Educational Psychology, University of Alberta



Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies

Stanford University selects top high school students from around the world to participate in engaging summer academic programs. These programs are ideal for gifted students presently in grades 8 -12.


ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education

Database of abstracts and articles on gifted individuals and education.


The Gifted Development Center

Information about identification, assessment, counselling, learning styles, presentations and resources for gifted children and adults. Includes material on Visual Spatial Learners from Dr. Linda Silverman.


Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page

Provides research on parenting gifted and learning disabled children. Link to legal resources, mailing lists and educational technology pages.


KidSource – Education, Gifted and Talented Students

Presents education articles (over 60) dealing with gifted issues.


Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG)

SENG focuses primarily on the adult in the lives of gifted children. It provides information on identification, guidance, and effective ways to live and work with gifted individuals.


California Association for the Gifted

Resources for the Parent/Questions and Answers includes questions relating to the gifted child’s abilities, emotional development and education.


Center for Talented Youth at the Johns Hopkins University

The Center for Talented Youth is a comprehensive, university-based initiative that promotes the academic ability of children and youth throughout the world.


Council for Exceptional Children

CEC is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving education outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities and/or the gifted.


GT World

An on-line support community for parents of Gifted and Talented kids. This web site is home to information scavenged by parents around the world.


National Association for Gifted Children

An organization of parents, educators, other professionals and community leaders to address the unique needs of gifted children.


Parent Information

Center for Gifted Education – College of William and Mary

The Center for Gifted Education at The College of William and Mary, a research and development center, was established in 1988 under the direction of Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska. The Center provides services to educators, policy makers, graduate students, researchers, parents, and students in support of the needs of gifted and talented individuals. Links to publications, articles and other resources.


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