ERIC Number: ED371536
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Parenting the Very Young Gifted Child. Parenting Research Based Decision Making Series.
Robinson, Nancy M.
This report provides research-based answers to questions facing families of young, gifted children. Questions include: (1) "what does "giftedness" mean in a very young child?"; (2) "how does one know whether a child is gifted?"; (3) "should my young child be tested?"; (4) "how do adults promote the development of gifted children?"; (5) "does a gifted child need a special school, special lessons, or special equipment?"; (6) "what other aspects of development need attention?"; (7) "what about friends and playmates?"; (8) "how do ethnicity and gender relate to giftedness?"; (9) "will precocious young children remain gifted in the long run?"; (10) "when should my child enter elementary school?"; and (11) "where can help be found?" The report finds that the home environment is a strong influence and that parents of gifted children make an extra investment in reading to and playing with their children, enriching their experience, and helping them focus on potential opportunities for learning. Responsive parenting calls for creating an optimal match for children among their readiness, their pace of development, and their environments. A list of 16 books for parents and teachers, 11 other resources, and 3 organizations is included. (Contains approximately 120 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Ability Identification, Child Development, Child Rearing, Developmental Programs, Ethnic Groups, Family Environment, Gifted, Parent Child Relationship, Performance Factors, Preschool Education, Research and Development, School Readiness, Sex Differences, Theory Practice Relationship, Young Children
National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, The University of Connecticut, 362 Fairfield Rd., U-7, Storrs, CT 06269-2007.
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, Storrs, CT.