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How Can I Support My Gifted Child?



Updated December 07, 2003


Parents of gifted children need opportunities to share parenting experiences with one another. It takes the persistence of large groups of parents to ensure that provisions for gifted children are kept firmly in place. It is important for parents of children with any special needs to meet with teachers early in the school year, work regularly with teachers, and stay both involved in their child's education and informed about gifted education in general.

The key to raising gifted children is to respect their uniqueness, their opinions and ideas, and their dreams. It can be painful for parents when their children feel out of sync with others, but it is unwise to put too much emphasis on the importance of fitting in; children get enough of that message in the outside world. At home, children need to know that they are appreciated for being themselves.


References identified with EJ or ED are abstracted in the ERIC database. EJ references are journal articles available at most research libraries. ED references are documents available in microfiche collections at more than 900 locations or in paper copy from the ERIC Document Reproduction Service at 1-800-443-ERIC (3742). Call 1-800-LET-ERIC (538-3742) for more details.

Alvino, J. 1995. Considerations and Strategies for Parenting the Gifted Child. Storrs, CT: National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented.

Feldhusen, J. F. 1992. "Early Admission and Grade Advancement for Young Gifted Learners." The Gifted Child Today 15 (2): 45-49. EJ 445 888.

Gardner, H. 1996. "Multiple Intelligences: Myths and Messages." International Schools Journal 15 (2): 8-22. EJ 522 811.

Renzulli, J. S. 1994. "New Directions for the School-wide Enrichment Model." Gifted Education International 10 (1): 33-36. EJ 496 249.

Silverman, L. K., and L. P. Leviton. 1991. "Advice to Parents in Search of the Perfect Program." The Gifted Child Today 14 (6): 31-34.

U.S. Department of Education. 1995. The Improving America's Schools Act of 1994. Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Washington, DC. ED 399 649.

Webb, J. T. 1994. Nurturing Social-Emotional Development of Gifted Children. ERIC Digest #E527. Reston, VA: The ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education. ED 372 554.

This brochure is an updated version of the 1992 ERIC Digest How Can Parents Support Gifted Children?, written by Linda Kreger Silverman of the Gifted Child Development Center. It has been updated by Sandra Berger of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education.

This publication was prepared by ACCESS ERIC with funding from the Educational Resources Information Center, National Library of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education, under Contract No. RK95188001. The opinions expressed in this brochure do not necessarily reflect the positions or policies of the U.S. Department of Education.

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