Beginner’s Guide to Life on the Bright Side

I have just finished reading Derrin Cramer’s new book and I can definitely recommend it for parents and teachers of gifted students!
Beginner’s Guide to Life on the Bright Side by Derrin Cramer
Published by Thinking Ahead Extension Workshops, Como Western Australia, 2012

This book is a comprehensive guide for parents and teachers and provides them with a wealth of information in an easy to read format.
Part 1 – A Gifted Child describes what a gifted child looks like, giftedness in the early childhood years and examines some of the myths surrounding giftedness

Part 2 – The Needs of the Gifted covers friendship and social issues, sensitivity, intensity and emotional issues, Dabrowski’s overexcitabilities, perfectionism, sense of justice and moral awareness, depression and stress, giftedness in families and giftedness throughout life

Part 3 – Measuring Intelligence looks at IQ testing and the different IQ assessment tests

Part 4 – Twice –Exceptionality is devoted to discussion of children who are both gifted and have some disability, learning difficulty or difference such as the 4 Ds –dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia, ADHD and Sensory issues

Part 5 – Succeeding discusses Succeeding in Life and Motivation and Success with Learning including the topics of creativity, optimism, resilience, Mindset, boredom and good habits

Part 6 – Advocating for your child addresses advocating for your child including choosing a school, meeting with the school and what to ask for

Part 7 For Teachers is a section to help teachers recognise the gifted students in their classes and provide some strategies for working with gifted students.

Throughout the book there are quotations and every part contains Read More sections giving details of books and articles for further reading.  As well as an Appendix containing useful checklists, an Index and a Glossary there is an excellent Notes section at the end of the book.

This is the book I would have loved to have when our children were young!

It can be purchased at

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