The term “special education” is typically used to define “instruction/classes for children with special needs because of physical or learning problems.” But what about the special needs of gifted kids? And who falls into that category? The classic definition states that gifted children are those with unusual ability or potential in any one or more of 4-5 areas. Those are: intellect, academics, creativity, performing arts, or leadership. How much ability? How much potential? According to Dr. Jim Webb, author of A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children, relying solely on that definition is like asking “how dark does dark blue have to be before it is navy blue or darker?” Annie talks with Jim about gifted kids and how parents can best help them understand and use their gifts.
About Jim Webb (@SENG_gifted)
James T. Webb, Ph.D., ABPP-Cl, a licensed and board-certified psychologist, has been recognized as one of the 25 most influential psychologists nationally on gifted education. In 1981, Dr. Webb established SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted), a national nonprofit organization that provides information, training, conferences, and workshops to parents and educators of gifted children, and he remains as Chair of SENG’s Professional Advisory Committee. Another outstanding resource for parents of gifted kids is Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page, a website full of articles, books, and links to help support parents, teachers, and gifted children alike.
Dr. Webb, has appeared on such national media outlets as Good Morning America, CNN, and National Public Radio. He has served on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Gifted Children and was President of the American Association for Gifted Children. Currently, Dr. Webb is President of Great Potential Press, Inc. He is the lead co-author of several award-winning books including: A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children and Grandparents’ Guide to Gifted Children. Learn more at GreatPotentialPress.com
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