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. Each session is self-contained and step-by-step; many include reproducible handouts. Introductory and background materials help even less-experienced group leaders feel prepared and secure in their role.
Praise for The Essential Guide to Talking with Gifted Teens:
“Gifted teens have unique social needs but most programs for this population focus on their academic needs. This book remedies that problem by providing discussion guides for 70 topics across 6 categories: identity, stress, relationships, feelings, family, and the future. Helpful activitiy sheets and an extensive list of resources by subject are also included.”—Curriculum Connections, a supplement of School Library Journal
“The Essential Guide is a valuable resource for youth workers who may have gifted students and need more information or perspective on their unique needs.”—Youthworker Journal
In the Real World:
“There is a big problem with suicide here in Korea [and] there is a stigma against seeking counseling . . . To get around that, we use The Essential Guide to Talking with Gifted Teens [which] makes it possible not only for a counselor, but also a teacher of gifted students to engage students in a structured, but fairly informal conversation in the classroom about a different topic each week. I have simply made this part of the curriculum and call it ‘Growing Up Gifted.’ It makes students feel less alone and helps them make friends. It’s a very valuable process.”—Jonathan Jordahl, MFA, head instructor, Center for English Education for Gifted Youth (CEEGY), Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Republic of Korea