A Davidson Institute Family Consultant conducted a seminar for parents on the subject of peer relations and the profoundly gifted child. The following is a synthesis of information provided to parents from this facilitated discussion group.
Our discussion concluded with the fact that struggles with peers will always be present. There are no easy answers when dealing with people. The only thing you can do is to give your child the tools that will help him or her be successful with peers. After that, they will learn as they go. It is a tough road, but with a little hard work and dedication, the friends you end up with will be worth it. Thank you to all the parents of PG children who helped contribute to this discussion. We all benefited greatly from the insight you had to share.
Vulnerabilities of highly gifted children, by Wendy Roedell from the Roeper Review, Volume 6, No. 3, 1984.
Aspects of personality and peer relations of extremely talented adolescents, by Susan Dauber & Camilla Persson Benbow from Gifted Child Quarterly, vol. 34(1), 10-14, Winter 1990.
Highly gifted children and peer relationships, by Dr. Dee Lovecky from Counseling and Guidance Newsletter, 5(3), 2, 6-7, 1995.
Friendship patterns in highly intelligent children, by Paul Janos, Kristi Marwood, & Nancy Robinson from the Roeper Review, vol. 8, no. 1, September 1985.
Tips for parents: Socialization and the PG child, by Jim Delisle from the Davidson Institute for Talent Development Online Seminar.
The Survival Guide for Gifted Kids: For Ages 10 & Under, Galbraith, J.
Making & Keeping Friends: Ready-to-Use Lessons, Stories and Activities for Building Relationships, by Schmidt, J. Ed.D.
When Gifted Kids Don't Have all the Answers: How to Meet their Social and Emotional Needs, by Delisle, J. Ph.D. & Galbraith, J. M.A.
Gifted Kids Speak Out, by Delisle, J.
Good Friends are Hard to Find: Help Your Child Find, Make and Keep Friends, by Frankel F. & Wetmore B.
Some of my best friends are books: Guiding gifted readers from preschool to high school, by Halsted, J.
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