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Judy Galbraith, M.A.

Award-winning author and publisher Judy Galbraith, M.A., has a master’s degree in guidance and counseling of the gifted. A former classroom teacher, she has worked with and taught gifted children and teens, their parents, and their teachers for many years. In 1983 she started Free Spirit Publishing, which specializes in Self-Help for Kids®; and Self-Help for Teens®; books and other learning resources.

Judy is the author or coauthor of several books, including the perennially popular The Survival Guide for Gifted Kids, The Gifted Teen Survival Guide, When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers, What Kids Need to Succeed, and What Teens Need to Succeed. She has appeared on Oprah and has been featured in Family Circle and Family Life, as well as numerous other magazines, newspapers, and broadcast and online media. Judy has served on many organizational boards including Search Institute and the Minnesota 4-H Foundation. In 1996, Galbraith received the E. Paul Torrance Creativity Award; in 2004, she was named the Midwest Publisher of the Year; in 2011, she was awarded with the California Association for the Gifted (CAG) Ruth A. Martinson Award; in 2012, she was awarded the “Friend of the Gifted” award by the Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented for her sustained advocacy on behalf of gifted children; and in 2015 she was awarded the Global Awareness Network Annemarie Roeper Award.

A popular speaker on the social and emotional needs of gifted students, Judy is available to conduct professional development workshops and for conference keynotes. She is also available for classroom visits via Skype. Judy lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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  • Perfectionism
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The Gifted Teen Survival Guide

Sage advice for gifted teens who want to think for themselves, relate well with others, and reach their potential in life.

The Survival Guide for Gifted Kids

The classic and essential guide to growing up gifted.

When Gifted Kids Don’t Have All the Answers

Look beyond the grades and test scores to see the real child in need of support.

You Know Your Child Is Gifted When . . . eBook

A lighthearted introduction to life with a gifted child.

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