This site is designed to serve both AACAP Members, and Parents and Families. Information is provided as a public service to aid in the understanding and treatment of developmental, behavioral, and mental disorders. You will find information on child and adolescent psychiatry, fact sheets for parents and caregivers, AACAP membership, current research and more.
This guide by Will Glennon and Jeanne Elium, suggests tools for raising emotionally healthy boys in a culture that preaches stoicism for men. Some of the suggestions revolve around attitudes adults should cultivate in dealing with boys. The book also describes practical things adults can do to enhance boys' mental and emotional health.
Michael Gurian the author of "The Wonder of Boys" addresses the challenges of male adolescence. Gurian explores the biological and emotional landscape of male adolescence from cross disciplinary perspectives--culling research from medical science, psychology, anthropology and his own personal observation.
A Parent's Guide to Gifted Teens will help parents understand their gifted adolescent's intensity and excitability and provide tips for nurturing self-discipline, being supportive without being controlling, and for caring for yourself while guiding an intense, creative teen. Click here to read a review of this book.
This book examines the lack of a "crisis of confidence" in homeschooled adolescent girls, compared with other girls in more traditional school settings. Several of the girls interviewed for this study are intellectually or artistically gifted.
Part memoir, part self-help for teens, Being Me with OCD tells the story of how obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) dragged the author to rock bottom—and how she found hope, got help, and eventually climbed back to a fuller, happier life.
This book, written by Norine Johnson, Michael Roberts and Judith Worrell, takes a scientific approach to research the culture of teenage girls. The book discusses gender roles, body image, family/peer relationships, sexual decision making, and experiences that impact and shape teenage girls and society.
This book is predicated on the belief that the spiritual development of college students has been largely ignored in our colleges and universities, despite the importance of spiritual matters to young people in their quest to lead integrated lives. Thus, while academics are understandably proud of their "outer" accomplishments in the fields of science, medicine, technology, and commerce, colleges and universities have increasingly come to neglect the student's "inner" development--the sphere of values and beliefs, emotional maturity, spirituality, and self-understanding.
In this 45 minute DVD video, James Webb, Ph.D. describes the traits, common behaviors and challenges for gifted children from preschool through adolescence. As they enter school, gifted children are often criticized for their characteristics. Dr. Webb discusses ways to help and nurture gifted children as they grow.
Named as a 2001 Notable Book in Education by the American School Board Journal, this book by Denise Clark Pope offers a highly revealing - and troubling - view of today's high school students and the ways they pursue high grades and success. Pope, a veteran teacher and curriculum expert, follows five motivated and successful students through a school year, closely shadowing them and engaging them in lengthy reflections on their school experiences.
A companion guide to Make Your Worrier a Warrior (for parents), this book is designed to teach students how to conquer the Worry Monster by using several easy-to-follow strategies to overcome worry and fear. From Worrier to Warrior teaches readers how to create a “toolbox” of ways to combat fear and anxiety, and conquer the Worry Monster at any time.
A humorous and irreverent guide to how "lazy" (i.e. "bored, frustrated, and otherwise sick of school") students can survive the tedium of school, and maybe even have fun doing it. A guide for teens who are bored and frustrated at school, and need motivational skills.
Despite the best efforts of parents, today's adolescents frequently drink, experiment with drugs and are sexually active. According to the Anthony E. Wolf, however, it is still important to have rules even though a teenager may break them. He clearly has a feel for both the angst of young people who must deal with an evermore complex world and the difficulties parents face when a cooperative loving child morphs into a teenager who lies, talks back and avoids parental company.
Written by Paula Olszewski-Kubilius, Ph.D., this book covers topics dealing with gifted adolescents, such as: talent development during adolescence; critical issues for gifted adolescents; and, implications for educational practice and parenting.
This book, written by Terry W. Neu, Ph.D., Rich Weinfeld, combine field-tested strategies and advice with case studies of boys across the nation to give smart young boys and their parents a strong guide for ensuring boys' success in school and the future.
Profoundly gifted kids often get the least help in school. It’s assumed they’re smart enough to succeed on their own, plus teachers (and parents) feel out of their depth with these unique kids. A blend of personal stories and practical strategies, scholarly articles and entertaining essays from a community of voices—parents, educators, authors, researchers, and other experts—this book addresses the joys and challenges of raising and teaching, living with and understanding exceptionally gifted kids of all ages.
This book is a complete guide to successfully homeschooling 13 to 18 year olds, the years when many homeschooling parents start to question or abandon their efforts. It's a precarious time, with challenging academics, pressing social issues and the prospect of college looming. This guide calms parents' teen-time jitters and offers hope to those turning to homeschooling when their child is about to enter high school. With "how we did it" testimonials from other parents throughout the book, the author offers sage advice.
This is a great book about manners for any and every occasion. Most books on manners are droll do-this-do-that books, but this one is hilarious and still gets the point across. Some of the topics covered in this book are: how to "cope with cliques, handle friendship problems, be a host with the most (and a guest with the best), offer someone your seat, fight fair, answer invitations, deal with rude adults, respond to bigoted remarks, write a letter addressed properly for any occasion, survive a formal dinner..." and much more.
Thoughtful, clear-eyed, comprehensive, and refreshingly free of jargon, this book helps parents identify whether their teens are exhibiting typical behavior, such as locking themselves in their room for hours, or are exhibiting real danger signs, such as being secretive, despondent, or constantly angry.
A clinical psychologist who's spent more than two decades bringing families back from the brink, author Dr. Neil I. Bernstein knows how to help parents and teens successfully navigate these difficult and trying years. The focus, above all else, is effective communication.
Based on surveys with more than 5,000 gifted young adults, this book sheds light on the day-to-day experiences of those growing up gifted. In their own enlightening words, teens share their experiences with giftedness, including friendships and fitting in with peers, school struggles and successes, and worries about the future.
Authors Roni Cohen-Sandler and Michelle Silver say that although the teen years can be a tumultuous time for girls and their mothers, don't despair. Strong feelings and conflict, if approached correctly, can actually lead to a deeper mutual understanding and a more satisfying relationship.
In this book, Dr. Judy Willis, a neurologist and teacher, explains the inner workings of the adolescent brain. She uses the findings of brain research to explain how parents and teachers can help students’ motivation and memory, bypassing the “filters” that adolescents often use to block their learning and triggering untapped inspiration.
A companion guide to From Worrier to Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Fears, this book offers parents the opportunity to help their children or teens do the most courageous thing they will ever have to do: conquer their Worry Monster. Make Your Worrier a Warrior provides useful and comforting methods that parents can use to help their children create an anxiety-reducing “toolbox” to carry with them wherever they go. In building this foundation for their children, parents might even find that these strategies will work just as effectively to manage their own anxieties.
Sal Mendaglio brings together a group of contributing authors who share in detail their approaches to counseling clients who are gifted and talented. This book is designed to help interested professionals, as well as those in preparation programs, conduct effective counseling techniques with highly able clients.
In this book, Dr. Koplewicz uses his experience as a clinician and researcher to help parents distinguish between normal teenage angst and actual depression, a serious psychiatric illness. He combines prescriptive advice and compelling stories to show parents the warning signs, risk factors, and key symptoms that distinguish this behavior from depression, an under-treated problem that can have serious long-term consequences, and that can even be life-threatening.
This book by Rachel Simmons, begins with the premise that girls are socialized to be sweet with a double bind: they must value friendships; but they must not express the anger that might destroy them. Lacking cultural permission to acknowledge conflict, girls develop what the author calls "a hidden culture of silent and indirect aggression." Simons, who visited 30 schools and talked to 300 girls, presents clear-cut strategies for parents, teachers, and girls who resist them.
The editors of this book brought together 19 essays by renowned gifted education specialists to explore the effects of asynchronous development on gifted children and adults. It contains sections on Asynchrony and the Individual, Asynchrony and the Family, Asynchrony and Learning and chapters describe the nature of asynchrony, methods of dealing with the challenges of asynchrony, and recommendations for adapting education in a variety of settings.
The topics covered in this book by Sara Shandler, include parental expectations, racial relations, and faith and eating disorders. Shandler also gives practical insight for parents who may find it hard to relate to their teenage daughters. Ranging from problems with body image and self-mutilation to difficult relationships with parents and other family members, to intense academic pressures, the book includes entries from dozens of girls across the country.
The fast pace of technology, family breakups and other changes in today's evolving world make parenting more difficult. Learn more than two dozen strategies to set successful limits, avoid power struggles, minimize sibling rivalry and promote self-esteem in this video from James Webb, Ph.D.
When kids hit their teen years, parenting takes on a whole new dimension. As they struggle toward independence and autonomy, some dicey issues emerge. The real world you want them to be ready for can make you shudder - kids today face life-and-death decisions long before they're on their own. So what do you do? Hover over them so they won't get hurt? Drill them so they'll do the right thing? According to Jim Fay and Foster Cline, hovering and drilling won't prepare teens for the real world. Because they learn responsibility like they learn everything else: through practice.
James Alvino details a practical, informative primer for raising and educating our gifted children from preschool to adolescence. Strategies are provided for determining whether a child is gifted as well as ways to nurture a child's gifts and talents, and explains how gifted children can become bored, socially aggressive, and even underachieving if not appropriately challenged.
This book is designed to provide parents with a blueprint for understanding the nature of introversion. Quiet Kids provides specific strategies to teach children how to thrive in a world that may not understand them. Presented in an easy-to-read, conversational style, this book uses real-world examples and stories from introverts and parents to show parents and educators how to help children develop resiliency and enhance the positive qualities of being an introvert. Click here to read a review of this book.
This book examines some of the pressures that are placed on today's teens. It give parents information on how to keep communication open between themselves and their teen.
Mary Pihper explains why more American adolescent girls are prone to depression, eating disorders, addictions, and suicide attempts than ever before. Dr. Pipher challenges the reader to look at what our culture does to teenage girls.
What if every kid had a handy toolbox of ways to get along with others? That’s just what this book is: a collection of 21 concrete strategies kids can pull out and use to express themselves, build relationships, end arguments and fights, halt bullying, and beat unhappy feelings. Like the Mighty Might, which takes all the fun out of teasing. And the Thought Chop, which helps kids resist self-defeating thoughts. And the Squeaky Wheel, a type of persistence that gets results. And the Coin Toss, a simple way to resolve small conflicts.
This book explores the phenomenon of suicide among students with gifts and talents. It provides the reader with a coherent picture of what suicidal behavior is; clarifies what is known and what is unknown about it; shares two major theories of suicide with explanatory power; and offers an emerging model of the suicidal behavior of students with gifts and talents.
This book by Janet Price and Jennifer Engel Fisher is a unique handbook for kids and teens on living successful lives with these disorders by taking control of their strengths to overcome their weaknesses. Drawing on their experiences as parents and teachers of students with Asperger's syndrome (AS) and Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD), the authors provide tips on understanding the disorders, living with the symptoms, succeeding in school, completing homework, talking to others about strengths and needs, making friends and socializing, and using technology to connect with other kids and teens with these disorders.
The result of an extensive five-year study, this pioneering book examines a group of gifted teenagers in an effort to understand the loss of motivation and diminution of talent that takes place during this troublesome period. Click here to read a review of this book.
This book aims to dispel the myth that good grades, high test scores, and college acceptances should define the parenting endgame. This book discusses the value of internal satisfaction and growth, and takes a long-term approach to parenting strategies and success.
Teen-Proofing tackles the challenges of raising a teenager. Rosemond lays out a perfectly sound and logical case for recognizing the realities of the teen-parent relationship, forming the foundation, and parenting with the "Long Rope Principle."
Chris Zeigler Dendy presents practical information that will help parents in their day to day struggle to deal with the changing world of an adolescent with ADHD. Dendy illustrates these points with factual material helpful to both parents and teachers.
Written by Sean Covery for ages 13 and up, this book, which is based on his father's bestselling "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People", applies the same principles to teens. To keep it fun, Covey filled this book with cartoons, clever ideas, great quotes and incredible stories about real teens from all over the world.
In the book titled, The Blessing of a B Minus, author Dr. Wendy Mogel helps parents navigate the teenage years, when a child’s sense of entitlement and independence grows, the pressure to compete skyrockets, and communication becomes fraught with obstacles. She emphasizes empathy and guidance over micromanaging teens’ lives and overreacting to missteps. Mogel reveals that emotional outbursts, rudeness, rule-breaking, staying up late, and other worrisome teen behaviors are in fact normal and necessary steps in psychological growth and character development to be met with thoughtful care, not anxiety.
Renowned developmental psychologists and experts in gifted education come together to explore giftedness from early childhood through the elder years. Focusing on the practical implications of emerging theoretical perspectives and empirical findings, contributors examine prediction and measurement, diversity issues, and psychosocial factors as they relate to developing talent in different domains.
Why are many of the most successful people plagued by feelings of emptiness and alienation? This wise and profound book has provided thousands of readers with an answer - and has helped them to apply it to their own lives.
Like other kids their age, highly capable adolescents experience developmental challenges. They’re forging identity, finding direction, exploring relationships, and learning to resolve conflicts. These are difficult tasks to do alone, no matter how smart one may be. The 70 guided discussions in this book are an affective curriculum for gifted teens. By “just talking” with caring peers and an attentive adult, kids gain self-awareness and self-esteem, learn to manage stress, build social skills and life skills, and discover they are not alone.
This one-of-a-kind book is full of sage advice to help gifted teens understand themselves, relate well with others, and reach their potential in life. Based on surveys of nearly 1,400 gifted teens, this updated classic (2011) is the ultimate guide to thriving in a world that doesn’t always support or understand high ability. Full of fresh illustrations, surprising facts, cutting-edge research, revealing quizzes and survey results, step-by-step strategies, inspiring teen quotes and stories, and insightful expert essays, the guide gives readers the tools they need to appreciate their giftedness as an asset and use it to make the most of who they are. Click here to read a review of this book.
In this book, journalist Alexandra Robbins delivers a poignant, funny, riveting narrative that explores how our high-stakes educational culture has spiraled out of control. High school isn’t what it used to be. With record numbers of students competing fiercely to get into college, schools are no longer primarily places of learning. They’re dog-eat-dog battlegrounds in which kids must set aside interests and passions in order to strategize over how to game the system. In this increasingly stressful environment, kids aren’t defined by their character or hunger for knowledge, but by often arbitrary scores and statistics.
A practicing psychologist in Marin County, Calif., Madeline Levine counsels troubled teens from affluent families, and finds it paradoxical that wealth, which can open the door to travel and other enriching opportunities, can produce such depressed, anxious, angry and bored teenagers.
In this book, Charlene Giannetti covers many different aspects of pre-adolescence and adolescence by presenting different scenarios which are typical of this age group. Some of the statistics provided are alarming but can be helpful for parents in understanding the scope of adolescent problems. Strategies are provided on how to steer your middle school child in the right direction.
This book by Lisa Rivero is written for pre-teens and teens who love to learn, although they might not love school. How these teens can understand their intensity, manage perfectionism and self-talk, understand their parents better, and take charge of their education are all covered topics. When these students open up the possibilities of how to learn both in and outside of school, they can live life more fully, intensely and creatively. This is an excellent companion book to A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Teens, written by the same author but for parents of gifted adolescents.
This book by Marlene Bireley and Judy Genshaft is from the Education and Psychology of the Gifted Series published by Teacher College Press.
Mostly free verse poems deal with a variety of social issues relevant to today's adolescents; such as: falling in love, friendship, peer pressure, gangs, violence, family relationships etc. The poems seem to speak from the perspective of young people in transition, as they face coming of age situations and emotions.
This book inspires and empowers teens to build their own assets. It invites readers to identify the assets they already have and the ones they need, clearly describes the 40 assets identified as most essential, then gives hundreds of suggestions teens can use to develop the assets.
Handling the topic of teen depression, this author tells about treatment options, presents the facts about therapy, explains the differences between various types of helping professionals (psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, physicians, counselors, etc.), discusses medications and more.
Written by Chip Wood, this is a guide for anyone working or living with children ages 4-14. Written for teachers and parents, it offers clear and concise descriptions of children's development. A comprehensive, "user-friendly" reference that helps translate knowledge of child development into schooling that helps all children succeed. Yardsticks includes charts summarizing physical, social, language, and cognitive growth patterns, suggestions for curricular areas, thematic units, and favorite books for different ages.
Written by Dr. Thomas Armstrong an award-winning expert on the topic of Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, this book introduces the theory, explains the different types of intelligences (like Word Smart, Self Smart, Body Smart), and helps kids identify their own learning strengths and use their special skills at school, at home, and in life. As kids read the book, they stop asking “How smart am I?” and start asking “How am I smart?” Resources describe related books, software, games, and organizations. This revised and updated edition includes information on a newly researched ninth intelligence, Life Smart—thinking about and asking questions about life, the universe, and spirituality.
This article outlines the risk factors and vulnerabilities of gifted students and suggests ways parents and educators can work to prevent such tragedies.
Geared toward nine to fourteen year olds, FACES encourages young readers to build their critical thinking skills as they learn to look at other cultures - and their own - in new perspectives. Photographs, maps, time lines, activities, and contests all add interest as children roam the earth in their reading, one theme at a time.
In this 45-minute video presentation on a VHS tape, Dr. James Webb describes the most common characteristics of gifted children and shows how some of these traits can actually result in underachievement, power struggles and failure to be recognized as bright.
This website is an electronic guide to information on adolescent issues. It is a service of the Center for Adolescent Studies at Indiana University. Educators, counselors, parents, researchers, health practitioners, and teens can use ADOL to find Web resources.
This website, CapabilitiesInc.com, offers advice and products for parents and teachers who would like to take a different approach to raising capable young adults.
This article link takes users to a publication on the U.S. Department of Education website, part of a series entitled "My child's academic success." The article is broken into two sections: contributors to low motivation and tips for encouraging motivation. Although not written specifically for the gifted population, this article is applicable and should be useful for parents of highly intelligent young people.
This theory of cognitive development from Piaget has had a tremendous influence on all modern developmental psychologists. After observing a number of children, he posed that children progress through a series of four stages (described on this website's page) and that they all do so in the same order.
Please Stop the Rollercoaster! How Parents of Teenagers Can Smooth Out the Ride is a blog by the author of the book by the same title. In her blog, Sue Blaney covers the most important topics for parents to examine when raising teenagers.
This article explores the challenges that gifted students may face with career development.
The term social thinking encompasses many treatment programs described as "teaching social thinking and related social skills." These strategies share common traits: How their own social minds work - why they react and respond the way they do, The behaviors that make others feel good and bad, How these behaviors are affecting their own emotions, responses to and relationships with others across different social contexts.
This article by Rita Richardson gives some insight on how parents, teachers, and counselors can reduce stress for gifted adolescents.