Being gifted is a special need

Even if you don’t think of your child as gifted, gifted education resources can help you unlock your child’s passions, and revive a discouraged learner. It can be hard to tell if a child with special needs is gifted; in fact some learning disabilities are masked by giftedness. So everyone should check out these resources. Gifted children do not need simply more challenging work; we need to understand how they think and feel to help them thrive.

On Neil Haley’s Total Tutor radio webcast, I had the privilege of being on the panel with a wonderful group, including Corin Barsily Goodwin, Executive Director of The Gifted Homeschoolers Forum. GHF offers articles, a newsletter, and message boards to encourage and support you as your teach your extraordinary child.

At a conference for gifted underachievers, I met Carolyn K, a.k.a. Hoagie of Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page. which is another good resource–no forums or newsletter, and not specifically for homeschooling–but lots of helpful articles.

My friend Shulamit Widawsky has several helpful articles about giftedness on her website.

Finally, as I’ve reported before, SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) is another helpful site. It’s not for homeschoolers specifically, but it provides webinars, a newsletter, and many articles.

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