Coping for Capable Kids: Strategies for Parents, Teachers, and Students

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9781882664238: Coping for Capable Kids: Strategies for Parents, Teachers, and Students

From solving social problems, to dealing with perfectionism, and developing time-management strategies, to mastering goal setting, this book is the most comprehensive, up-to-date guide for gifted kids, their parents, and teachers. Based on years of research and experience, this book is actually two books in one—an exciting easy-to-read, high-interest book for bright students and a book for parents and teachers.

For Bright Students! The student section of the book helps gifted kids master the strategies they need to be happy and successful by actively involving them in understanding the problems they face and in using the strategies needed to cope with them successfully. Topics include separating facts from feelings, stress, peer pressure, being introspective, dealing with authority, social issues, depression, and much more. Written just for students, this section provides thought-provoking activities that lead to coping skills.

For Parents and Teachers! The parent and teacher section defines who capable kids are, the problems and needs they face, and the many ways parents and teachers can help them develop coping strategies. Topics include the definition of giftedness, emotional development, social development, moral development, perfectionism, boredom, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, family functioning, and much more. Extensive and current reference and resource listings are included.

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Dr. Nora Cohen has worked in the field of gifted education for more than 27 years as a teacher, parent, initiator, coordinator for the Mentally Gifted Program for Philadelphia Schools, researcher, and professor. She has published more than 50 articles, books, and chapters related to the development of gifted young people. She was an associate professor in the TAG Institute at the University of Oregon, senior lecturer at the CHIP Unit at the University of Melbourne, and is presently an associate professor in the School of Education at Oregon State University. She is interested in a wide range of concerns related to able young people. She founded the Conceptual Foundations Division of the National Assocation for Gifted Children and served as president of the state associations for gifted in Pennsylvania and Oregon. She is the mother of Max and Elizabeth Cohen.

Dr. Erica Frydenberg is an educational and clinical psychologist and senior lecturer in psychology in the Department of Learning, Assessment, and Special Education, in the Faculty of Education at the University of Melbourne. Her main areas of research relate to understanding what concerns young people and how they cope. She has authored or co-authored more than 30 publications relating to adolescent concerns and coping. She and Ramon Lewis developed the Adolescent Coping Scale, an instrument designed for research and for use by counselors. The Coping Scale for Adults is scheduled for publication in 1996. She has served as a foundation member of the Psychologists Registration Board and is a fellow for the Australian Psychological Society. She is the mother of Joshua and Lexi Frydenberg.

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Coping for Capable Kids is a two-in-one guidebook . . . The parent/teacher component to Coping for Capable Kids is an informative beginning read. The authors define giftedness and discuss its aspects at length, as well as common problems that gifted children may encounter . . . The student edition for Coping for Capable Kids is a user friendly guide for capable children. The authors clarify the terms "coping" and "capable," delve into how emotions work and what young people can do to change their negative thinking, and the 18 coping strategies created in the development of the ACS . . . Coping for Capable Kids has the potential to be an instructive resource for parents, teachers and students. --Davidson Institute for the Gifted - January 1, 2006

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