5 Levels of Gifted

5 levels of gifted book

School Issues and Educational Options




Deborah L. Ruf, Ph.D.

Giftedness exists on a continuum—there is a broad range of traits and behaviors that children can exhibit based on where they fall in that continuum. Formerly titled Losing Our Minds: Gifted Children Left Behind, this award-winning book describes these differences within the gifted population. From her 35 years of experience as a consultant working with gifted children and their families, the author looks at 78 gifted children and groups them into five levels of giftedness based on developmental milestones, as well as test data. This information gives parents and educators a reference guide to compare with their own gifted children or students. The author then offers different educational approaches and practical advice, including how to find the best type of school for children at each level.


Watch the interview with the author for more information about Dr. Ruf’s concept of levels of giftedness.


Length: 368 pages
ISBN 10 digit: 0-910707-98-7
ISBN 13 digit: 978-0-910707-98-5

Price: $26.95




[A]n excellent resource for parents, educators, and anyone who wants to learn more about gifted children and adults.”
– Educational Consultant, Elenor Munson Ph.D.

I… highly recommend Deborah Ruf’s book, 5 Levels of Gifted.”
e.Merging Educational Consultant

Gifted young people, as well as their families and educators, certainly stand to benefit from the application of the tools and strategies Dr. Ruf describes in this exceptional book.”
Davidson Institute for Talent Development

I wish [this book] had been aound when my children were small.”
– Best-Books-for-Kids.com


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