The importance of play is readily apparent in even the most intricate levels of child development, as is described in several recent articles and blogs. The growth and development of children is deeply impacted by those experiences of play on a daily basis. With this in mind, Drs. Susan Daniels and Dan Peters have taken extreme care to introduce play as an integral part of their book Raising Creative Kids.
Written for parents and teachers, Raising Creative Kids is a guide to fostering creativity and sustaining the creative spirit in children both at home and at school. In addition to describing various theories of creativity, the authors describe personality traits, programs, processes, and products that foster creativity. Filled with examples and practical suggestions, this compelling book describes parenting for creativity, teaching organizational skills, and ways to preserve and enhance one’s own creativity. While reaching out to a larger audience, Raising Creative Kids also increases understanding of the unique needs of gifted and talented children and works to help ensure they are met in all aspects of their lives.
See more perspectives on the necessity of play with the links below:
“The Need for Pretend Play in Child Development” ~Scott Barry Kaufman, The Scientific American
“Play, Creativity, and Lifelong Learning” ~Gina Kemp, M.A., Melinda Smith, M.A., Bernie DeKoven, and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., Helpguide.com
“Why Creative Play Matters” ~ Zrinka Peters, Education.com
Wanting to know what’s new from GPP?
We are so pleased to have so many new books in the pipeline and that we will have such wonderful information to share. The following list of books are recently available, available for pre-order, and forthcoming.
*Find more information for each of available new books by clicking the titles.
$24.95 / Paperback / 224 pp.
Bright idealists often find themselves disillusioned and searching for meaning in today’s world. Grasping for answers can lead to existential depression. Searching for Meaning helps idealistic adolescents and adults understand their struggles and describes various ways in which they attempt to cope with their disillusionment. Helpful information and suggestions provide courses of action to nurture idealism, hope, happiness, and contentment. This book offers guidance and support in taking the first steps toward renewed perspective and helps to promote a solid foundation to prevent future relapses.
Available for Pre-Order
$16.95 / Paperback / 200 pp./ Illustrations
This book is about parents teaming up with their children or teens to help them do the most courageous thing they will ever have to do: conquer their Worry Monster. Make Your Worrier a Warrior provides approachable and non-stigmatizing methods that parents can use to help their children create an anxiety-diffusing “toolbox” that they can carry with them wherever they go. In building this foundation for their children, parents might even find that these strategies to manage anxiety will work just as effectively for them!
Available for Pre-Order
$12.95 / Paperback / 150 pp./ Illustrations
From Worrier to Warrior is a companion book to Make Your Worrier a Warrior, designed to teach children how to conquer the Worry Monster. Throughout the book they are shown how to overcome worry and fear using several easy-to-follow strategies. They can read the book and learn the strategies by themselves or read along with their parents or other trusted adults. From Worrier to Warrior will teach them how to create their very own “toolbox” of strategies that they can carry along with them to fight the Worry Monster at any time. With these tools, they will discover that they can face and conquer whatever challenges come their way.
Smart Girls in the 21st Century
Understanding Talented Girls and Women
Barbara Kerr, Ph.D., and Robyn McKay, Ph.D.
$24.95 / Paperback / 290 pp.
This new edition of Smart Girls is a map to happiness and success for bright and talented women, as well as for their educators, mentors, parents, friends, and partners. Within this book, Drs. Kerr and McKay will teach you what they know about giftedness in women. They point out the milestones that mark the way to achievement and self actualization, and they identify the danger zones with caution tape and red flags. The book also provides case studies of real girls and women at various points along their journey to fulfilling their potential. From personal experience, the authors offer their very best advice about living with, working with, and being a smart girl.
Helping Children Overcome Procrastination
$18.95 / Paperback / 168 pp.
This book is written for parents and teachers as a guide to understanding procrastination, primarily in children, and to provide tips for helping children develop skills to improve their productivity. Procrastination relates to many important aspects of life, including success and failure, school-related and other activities, an individual’s thoughts and feelings, and motivation. Not Now, Maybe Later provides lots of straight-forward strategies for children to use (now, not later).
New From Great Potential Press:
Make Your Worrier a Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Child’s Fears and From Worrier to Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Fears
By Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D.
Eight percent of youth ages 13-18 have been diagnosed with anxiety. Millions of adults are affected by anxiety in a given year, and each was once a child who likely suffered from anxiety. Imagine how different their lives would be if they had been given the tools to overcome their worry and fear.
Learning coping strategies as a child clearly improves one’s ability to cope as an adult. Make Your Worrier a Warrior, and its companion From Worrier to Warrior, have been written to guide parents and children through their worries situation by situation. Detailed examples and illustrations invite readers to identify with each of the warriors in the book who have learned to tame their fears and conquer their Worry Monsters.
Together, these books provide easy-to follow, practical strategies. Children can read the book by themselves and learn the strategies or read along with a parent or other adult. Using these tools, they will discover that they can face and conquer whatever challenges come their way. Make Your Worrier a Warrior and From Worrier to Warrior provide approachable methods that parents can use to help their children create an anxiety-diffusing “toolbox.” In building this foundation for their children, parents might even find that these strategies will work just as effectively to manage their own anxieties.
These books are Dr. Peters’ culmination of more than 20 years of working with children and families as a clinical psychologist, 13 years of raising his own children, and 43 years of living with his own tendencies to be a worrier and a perfectionist.
- Jack Roy Cope, Warrior
- Dana Cope, Warrior and a parent of a Warrior
- Lily Demus, Warrior
- Sally Baird, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist and Co-Author of the children’s book Shrinking the Worry Monster
Gifted insight in 100 words!
When intensity and sensitivity are combined with idealism, as so often happens with bright children and adults, good things can happen because they can keenly see how things might be. But this can also lead to frustration, disillusionment, and unhappiness. Sometimes this prompts perfectionism; other times it results in existential depression. Through our relationships, we must provide understanding and nurturance so that they do not feel alone and helpless in a world that seems so paradoxical, arbitrary, and even absurd. We can help nurture their idealism, and indeed we must if the world is to become a better place.
Originally published on SENG’s website.
Does the insight above resonate with you?
If so, you may want to take a look a Dr. Webb’s book Searching for Meaning.
If you could give any advice on giftedness in just 100 words, what would you say? Let us know here!
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An interview with Dr. Webb
All this week (June 3-9), The Global Center for Gifted and Talented Children, along with other National and International Organisations, is hosting the first Gifted Awareness Week in Germany.
In the interview below, Roya Klinger, Head of The Global Center for Gifted and Talented Children, asks Dr. James Webb about his advice for parents, teachers, psychologists of gifted in Germany.
For more information about the first Gifted Awareness Week, visit the event’s site on GCTC: http://www.gcgtc.com/services/projects/the-1st-gifted-awareness-week-germany-2013
- Roya Klinger: What is your message for the first gifted awareness week in Germany?
Dr. Webb: I am so pleased to hear of the Gifted Awareness Week in Germany! It will help focus attention on the particular needs of gifted and talented children and their families. Throughout so much of the world, the prevailing idea is that bright minds do not have any special needs, and that they will simply make it on their own. In so many places, bright minds are being required to go at a snail’s pace in their classrooms where the emphasis is on being like the rest of the children in order to be sociable and to fit in. At home, parents often find themselves puzzled by their child’s behaviors, and frustrated or even angry because their very bright, intense, and sensitive child is so strong-willed and seems to question everything. As a result, gifted children are often neglected, misunderstood, overlooked, and misdiagnosed as having behavioral problems.
In 2008, we began a similar effort through SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted) where we created National Parenting Gifted Children Week, and each year we continue to celebrate that week as a way to highlight particularly common issues faced by gifted and talented children, such as underachievement, advocacy, special issues for gifted boys and gifted girls, depression, etc. We encourage other groups in the United States to join us in this effort, and we applaud and encourage Germany for establishing Gifted Awareness Week. I hope that other countries will engage in similar efforts.
- The Global Center for Gifted and Talented Children is organizing the first Gifted Awareness Week in Germany. Could you please tell us about the importance of the gifted education and development of potentials in a country?
I do not think that I am putting too fine a point on it when I say that the world is facing a dizzying array of problems—environmental concerns, economic woes, national protectionism, religious zealotry, terrorism, new diseases, etc. These problems are not going to be solved by our dullest minds. The world’s greatest resources are our brightest minds, and yet they are so often neglected and even punished for their idealism and for their non-traditional attempts to change the world. However, being bright is not enough; we must also cultivate courage and caring along with developing creativity, intelligence, and motivation. Otherwise, we run the risk of having bright minds who lose their idealism or lack the courage and motivation to engage in leadership behaviors with creative ideas that can truly make a difference. It is vital that educators and parents, as well as policy makers, understand the complexity, intensity, sensitivity, and idealism of gifted children and adults. Otherwise that country will not be able to nurture and develop its greatest asset.
- Tell us about your research, your work, and your experience in Gifted Education, please.
My background and training is as a clinical psychologist and, like most mental health professionals, I received essentially no training about gifted children and their families. However, during the early years of my practice and teaching, I found myself beginning to notice patterns of behaviors and concerns in bright and creative children. Still, I did not make gifted children a focal point of my professional life until 1981 after a tragedy. A very bright 16-year-old computer whiz kid, who had entered college earlier than most, suddenly disappeared. After a nationwide search, he was found working at a low-level job in an oil field, and this clearly unhappy young man was brought back home to begin seeing a psychiatrist. Sadly, this young man committed suicide shortly after. His parents contacted me through a mutual friend, and they inquired as to whether there was some national center that focused on social, emotional, and family issues of gifted children to which donations might be directed in their son’s memory. I checked, but was unable to find such a place, and so we began the SENG program (Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted) at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where I was professor and associate dean.
The SENG program completely changed the direction of my professional work. I quickly realized that gifted children and their families were a neglected area of practice, and also that most psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, and counselors had received no training in the special needs of gifted children. The SENG program began to work with parents and established the SENG Model Parent Group model that continues to provide support and discussion formats throughout the United States and in many other countries, including in Germany. We began to train psychologists and other mental health professionals in issues of misdiagnosis and dual diagnoses of gifted children and adults. So many children that we saw had incorrectly been labeled as ADHD or Oppositional Defiant Disorder or OCD or Asperger’s Disorder or some other disorder, and many gifted children had learning disabilities that were overlooked because of their high abilities in other areas.
We also began to hold annual SENG conferences, and to do research and to write about our observations. Not surprisingly, we discovered that many of the traditional publication sources considered gifted children to be a small niche, and they were unwilling to publish books or sometimes even articles. As a result, we decided to create a small publishing company, now known as Great Potential Press, as a vehicle that would allow publication of books by various authors dealing particularly with social and emotional needs of gifted children and their families. Other publishers had produced books on meeting educational needs, but not on family, social, or personal needs of gifted children, and, of course, there is a need for all of these areas to be covered.
Even before retiring from Wright State University, I had begun speaking as widely as possible about the topics being covered by SENG. It has become a passion and a mission for me to try to reach as many people as possible in order to help them understand the educational, social, and emotional needs of gifted children. More recently, too, I find myself focusing on the special issues of gifted adults. I often tell people that giftedness is not something you outgrow when you reach adulthood; it continues, and it influences your life in many, many ways. Recently, I just completed a book titled Searching for Meaning: Bright Minds, Idealism, Disillusionment, and Hope, which focuses on so many issues, such as existential depression, that we see in gifted adolescents and adults – and sometimes in gifted children, too.
- Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children is one of your topics. What can we do? What is your advice?
Regrettably, I find that I must tell parents that they cannot necessarily depend on health-care professionals to be knowledgeable and informed about gifted children. Instead, parents must first educate themselves, and then often they must educate the health-care professional or counselor. Gifted children, in addition to often being unusually intense and sensitive, seem to have a substantial number of unusual behaviors or quirks. For example, many, many parents tell me that they have to cut the tags out of the back of their children’s clothing, or that their child seems unusually sensitive to noises, or crowds, or lights, or odors. They tell me that their very bright child seems to be lacking in common sense (not knowing that judgment typically lags behind intellect). And some tell me that their child simply needs very little sleep, is extremely active, and is impatient with school and with friends. When the parents take such a child to a health-care professional, that professional will try to make sense of the unusual behaviors that are being described, and the most frequent way is to fit the behaviors into a diagnosis. This is how misdiagnosis most often occurs.
Find this interview and many more on the GCGTC Gifted Awareness Week page!
The image named “The Lighthouse” by all of the people that offered their wonderful input will be the book cover for our forthcoming book Searching for Meaning: Idealism, Bright Minds, Disillusionment, and Hope. GPP would like to thank everyone that participated and provided so many insightful comments.
Check back over the next few months for news on this latest book!