Your child is gifted! That’s the exciting news, but now what? Educating gifted children is unique because they have special needs. And while our special education law serves their needs legislatively, we know that parents are the ones who have the most vested interest in their own children. No funding is provided from the federal or state levels to school systems for their gifted education programs.
We know that you, as parents, have the most vested interest your children, and parenting a gifted child means sometimes getting a crash course in education. It’s an exciting time and a challenging one as you learn the ins and outs of how best to serve your child, help your school service your child, and ensure that your child receives the best education available. AAGC wants to help you do this. We have put together a list of resources and references to help you learn more about your child’s giftedness and the educational resources available. While this is not meant to be an exhaustive list, we believe it will guide you to resources you will find useful, including some information on how to form and maintain parent advocacy groups.
Please feel free to contact us with any suggestions or questions. AAGC is here to serve you and your child!
What does it mean to be gifted? – The State of Alabama has a legal definition of “gifted” under its special education code. A parent should begin by knowing what it says. Be familiar with what the law mandates for your child and let this be a starting point for advocating for him or her.
Advocacy - information on becoming a parent advocate
Parent advocates can play an important part in their children’s gifted education. While there is no one way to organize an advocacy group, it’s a good idea to have one. The more you know as parents, the more you can stay involved and be a support for your children’s teachers and schools, but also on state levels to help ensure your children receive the education they should have as gifted students in Alabama schools.
Several resources exist that might help you advocate for gifted education. The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) publishes this advocacy toolkit to help you get started. Also, The Texas Association of the Gifted and Talented (TAGT) publishes this list with some helpful articles on starting parent groups.
Additionally, TAGT’s article Parent Groups: Practical Pathways also provides some excellent resources for creating parent groups.
Books like this may also help you discover more about advocating for your child.
State Resources – The Alabama Association for Gifted Children is your local and up-to-date resource for the state of gifted education in Alabama and contact information. Also, NAGC provides a summary of information on the state of Alabama contacts and laws applying to the gifted.
National Resources – links to parent resources from the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC).
SENG – Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (resources for raising gifted children)
Raising gifted children is about more than nurturing their intellect; it’s also about nurturing them emotionally. Gifted children have unique needs and dynamics. SENG is an excellent resource for understanding these needs. Specifically. You may find the list of articles here very informative for parental understanding of your gifted child and the emotional dynamics this involves.
50 Essential Links for the Parents of Gifted Children - Here are some we think stand out from the crowd, offering advice, information, support, and educational resources to help you support and encourage your child’s special abilities.
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