Reviewed by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development.
Carol Fertig, a 35-year professional in the education field, explores the numerous possibilities of enhancing and fostering a gifted child’s curiosity and eagerness to learn in Raising a Gifted Child: A Parenting Success Handbook. For more than 2 decades, she has worked with and served as a resource for gifted students and their parents, as well as educators and school administrators. The expertise she has gained over the years is presented in this book, which includes resources for parents raising gifted children, and shares stories and experiences of families with gifted children. Fertig has a master’s degree in educational psychology and gifted education.
Raising a Gifted Child gives an overview of the different characteristics and needs of gifted children. Fertig discusses a variety of these needs, including topics such as perfectionism and acceleration. She describes the uniqueness of each individual child by stating that “There is no cookie-cutter description for a gifted child; they come in many different shapes and sizes” (p. 33), and stresses that there are no magic solutions to parenting these children but a menu of strategies, organizations, and websites.
Offering this menu, Fertig incorporates the use of practical tables to help readers better understand “Concomitant Characteristics of Gifted Kids” and “A Bright Child vs. A Gifted Learner.” She gives resources and suggestions to help parents understand their gifted child, encourage success and happiness, work with his/her child’s school and teachers, and provide learning challenges. From recognizing a child is gifted to enrolling him/her in college classes, Fertig offers advice on selecting a tester and developing critical thinking skills. She also emphasizes the importance of fostering creativity, using mentors, and supporting interests and hobbies.
Knowing there are many ways to educate a child, Fertig outlines and describes the various options of schooling arrangements, acceleration, parent involvement, and other subject specific resources. Additionally, she lists websites and contact information for several talent searches, science fairs, and math competitions.
Through the encouraging stories of other gifted children and the practical suggestions Fertig presents, Raising a Gifted Child offers many resources and creative ideas parents can utilize to tap into and further develop their child’s talents and capabilities.
This article is provided as a service of the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to supporting profoundly gifted young people 18 and under. To learn more about the Davidson Institute’s programs, please visit www.DavidsonGifted.org.
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