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When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers
How to Meet Their Social and Emotional Needs
Jim Delisle, Ph.D., and Judy Galbraith, M.A. 
When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers

SPECIAL PRICE: While supplies last. Gifted kids are so much more than test scores and grades. Still, it’s sometimes difficult to see past all that achievement and potential to the child, adolescent, or teen who may be filled with anxiety, pressured to be perfect, lonely, alienated, confused, and unsure of what the future might bring.

This book offers proven, practical suggestions for encouraging social and emotional growth among gifted, talented, and creative children and youth. The authors explain what giftedness means, how gifted kids are identified, and how we might improve the identification process. Then they take a close-up look at gifted kids from the inside out (their self-image and self-esteem) and the outside in (challenges to their well-being from their family, school, peers, and society in general).

They present ways to:

  • help gifted underachievers, perfectionists, and those who are bored in school
  • advocate for gifted education
  • create a supportive environment for all gifted students
  • make it safe to be smart
  • create a gifted-friendly classroom

Complete with first-person stories, easy-to-use strategies, classroom-tested activities, and resources, this book is for anyone committed to helping gifted students gain insights, find solutions, and know they’re not alone.

“The invitations to learn that we give our students on a minute-by-minute, day-to-day basis are very efficient ways to enhance both achievement and self-esteem in the classroom. Students who feel good about themselves as human beings, not just scholars, grow to become (in the words of William James) ‘effective geniuses’: young people in touch with both their hearts and their minds, and eventually adults as willing and able to care deeply as to think deeply.” —Jim Delisle and Judy Galbraith, in When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers

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Table of Contents
"What Does Giftedness Mean to You?" excerpt
"Emotional Dimensions of Giftedness" sample chapter
"Making It Safe to Be Smart: Creating the Gifted-Friendly Classroom" sample chapter



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288 pages, illustrated, softcover, 7¼" x 9¼", For educators, guidance counselors, parents, and other adults working with gifted kids and teens, All ages, ISBN 978-1-57542-107-0


“Recommended for all public and academic libraries.” —School Library Journal

“A comprehensive resource for teachers and youth professionals.”—Youth Today

“For anyone committed to helping gifted students gain insights, find solutions, and know they’re not alone.”—Today’s School

“A valuable resource for anyone involved in the lives or education of gifted children.”—Gifted Child Quarterly


Item No: 21070W

Price: $11.00 $21.99


Related materials:
Expert Approaches to Support Gifted Learners
A collaboration with the California Association for the Gifted and edited by Margaret Wayne Gosfield 
Teaching Gifted Kids in Today’s Classroom
Susan Winebrenner, M.S., and Dina Brulles, Ph.D. 
The Gifted Teen Survival Guide
Judy Galbraith, M.A., and Jim Delisle, Ph.D. 
The Survival Guide for Gifted Kids
Judy Galbraith, M.A. 

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What People Are Saying
“Free Spirit has, once again, produced something that is so useful and so helpful. This book includes many practical activities.”—Dr. Rita R. Culross, Associate Dean, LSU College of Education, Gifted Parenting expert for