Parent Support and Resources

Advocating for your gifted child at school

Classroom Advocacy Tip Sheet for Parents of Gifted Learners (NAGC)

Teaching Your Gifted Student to Self-Advocate Tip Sheet (NAGC)


The unique social and emotional needs of GT students

As Ian Byrd, a nationally-known gifted education presenter said, "Although we often define gifted students by their intelligence, it is their social and emotional needs that are often the biggest challenge.  By having a better understanding of gifted students' needs beyond pure academics, we can better serve as their (parents), teachers, and mentors."  Follow this link to Ian's easy-to-read article that goes over GT learners' unique social and emotional needs.

Other social and emotional resources:

Perfectionism tip sheet (NAGC)

Asynchronous Development tip sheet (NAGC)

Cyberbullying & Gifted Children tip sheet (NAGC)

Making Friends tip sheet (NAGC)


Twice-exceptional (2e) information for parents 

"Some students with learning and thinking difference have outstanding skills in certain areas.  These kids are often called "twice-exceptional (or 2e) learners.  They are exceptional in two ways.  They are gifted, and they have learning differences" (Morin 2014).

For more parent information regarding your 2e learner, please click on one of these following links:

CDE one-pager 2e document for parents (2016)-- English version OR Spanish version

"7 Myths About Twice-Exceptional (2E) Students" (2014)

12 Questions to Ask the School About 2e Students (2014)

Dabrowski's Overexcitabilities in Gifted Children (2020)

Preparing Your 2e Child for the Transition to College (2010)


Various Perspectives on Boredom in Class

When "I'm Bored" Doesn't Call for More Challenge.pdf (2008 article in Understanding Our Gifted)

Boredom: A Surprisingly Interesting Topic.pdf (2008 article in 2e Newsletter)

Giftedness and Classroom Boredom: Maybe It's Not All Bad (2013 article in Psychology Today)  



A variety of resources are available for parents of gifted children, as well as gifted children themselves.