Books and Journals

The following is not an exhaustive list. Rather, it is a starting point for anyone who wants to study giftedness and gifted people. Even if you directly consult with a specialist, you will find the following books and journals helpful.

Dr. Ruf's Book

5 Levels of Gifted: School Issues and Educational Options (2005) (formerly titled Losing Our Minds: Gifted Children Left Behind). 5 Levels of Gifted, published by Great Potential Press, combines four years of data gathering from 50 families with nearly 30 years of research and experience in the field of giftedness, individual differences, and high intelligence. The book is aimed primarily at parents and vividly describes the upper 10 to 15 percent of the intellectual continuum in human beings from birth to adulthood as manifested in their behaviors, thoughts, accomplishments, and test scores. She introduces the concept of Levels of Giftedness and makes it very clear how many factors contribute to a person's intellectual levels and achievement. Learn more or buy now.

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Other Learning Issues (Twice Exceptional, Visual-Spatial, Dyslexia, etc.)

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Other Learning Issues (Twice Exceptional, Visual-Spatial, Dyslexia, etc.)

Crossover Children: A Sourcebook for Helping Children Who Are Gifted and Learning Disabled, by Marlene Bireley. (2nd edition, 1995). The Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA. This very readable “how to do it” book for parents, regular classroom teachers, teachers of learning disabled/gifted and talented students, school psychologists, counselors and administrators provides guidelines for a better education and therefore better opportunities for this group of children. This is a rich resource that provides specific strategies, recommendations for academic interventions and enrichment activities to help these children (who may also be ADD) to control impulsivity, increase attention, enhance memory, improve social skills, and develop a positive self-concept. Sections of the book deal with educational planning and programming for gifted/learning disabled children, behavior and social interventions, academic intervention, academic enrichment, and some things to consider as crossover children grow up. The author has more than 35 years of experience as a teacher, psychologist, and university professor. Excellent appendices include resources, organizations, computer programs and a bibliography.  

  Different Minds

Different Minds: Gifted Children with AD/HD, Asperger Syndrome, and Other Learning Deficits, by Deirdre V. Lovecky. The author guides parents and professionals through methods of diagnosis and advises on how best to nurture individual needs, positive behavior and relationships at home and at school, using case studies to illustrate emotional, intellectual, creative and social development.   


In the Mind's Eye: Visual Thinkers, Gifted People With Dyslexia and Other Learning Difficulties, Computer Images and the Ironies of Creativity (1997), by Thomas West. The author examines the learning difficulties experienced by these people and others, and how recent neurological research shows an association between visual talents and verbal difficulties. His book probes new data on dyslexics to see how computers enhance the creative potential of visual thinkers, as well as interactive computer applications to all levels of education and work.   


Living With Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, and the Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Adolescents, and Adults (2008),  edited by Susan Daniels and Michael Piechowski.  This resource describes overexcitabilities in children and adults and provides essential information about Dabrowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration. The book includes practical methods for nurturing sensitivity, intensity, perfectionism, and much more. 


MisdiagnosisMisdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression, and Other Disorders, by James T. Webb, Edward R. Amend, Nadia E. Webb, Jean Goerss, Paul Beljan, F. Richard Olenchak, and Sharon Lind. Physicians, psychologists, and counselors are unaware of characteristics of gifted children and adults that mimic pathological diagnoses. Six nationally prominent health care professionals describe ways parents and professionals can distinguish between gifted behaviors and pathological behaviors.  



The Mislabeled ChildThe Mislabeled Child: How Understanding Your Child’s Unique Learning Style Can Open the Door to Success, by Brock Eide and Fernette Eide.   The Eides are physicians who specialize in treating children with learning challenges, such as ADHD, autism and dyslexia. Based on physiological research on brain development, the authors discuss children's learning strengths and weaknesses and how to make the most of their potential. These people understand the 2e issues of giftedness combined with learning disabilities. Highly recommended. 


A Parent's Guide to Gifted Teens: Living with Intense and Creative Adolescents (2010), by Lisa Rivero. This book helps parents to view the challenging years of middle school and high school not merely as college prep, but as a preparation for life. Learn how to understand the adolescent's intensity and excitability, how to nurture creativity and self-directed learning, how to offer support without taking control. 


Raising Topsy-Turvy KidsRaising Topsy-Turvy Kids: Successfully Parenting Your Visual-Spatial Child, by Alexandra (Allie) Shires Golon. 2005. Gifted Development Center, Denver. A celebration of the gifts of students who prefer a visual-spatial learning style and who can use help in the following areas: spelling; handwriting; taking timed tests; memorizing times tables; getting and staying focused during auditory lectures; creating outlines and written reports; and lots more. Website for Visual Spatial Resource Center at the Gifted Development Center:   


Right-Brained ChildrenRight-Brained Children in a Left-Brained World: Unlocking the Potential of Your ADD Child, by Jeffrey Freed and Laurie Parsons. Simon &Schuster, 1997. An in-depth look at visual-spatial kids and gifted kids with ADD. Includes strategies to help these kids cope and succeed.   



The Spatial ChildThe Spatial Child, by John Philo Dixon. Charles C. Thomas Publisher, 1983. One of the first books written about this topic. Although often a primary sign of giftedness, spatial ability may be unrecognized, misdiagnosed or misunderstood. The author describes ways to identify spatial children and methods of classroom instruction, with emphasis on approaches that encourage the spatial gift while compensating for possible deficiencies, especially in social learning, the language arts and memory. Includes a section on the lives of spatial geniuses such as Picasso, Einstein and Newton.


The Survival GuideThe Survival Guide for Kids with ADD or ADHD, by John Taylor. Written in a clear and kid-friendly manner, this book covers such topics as medications, getting along at home, making friends, and succeeding at school. The format and style work well for young children to read with a parent so that discussions happen.   




Teaching KidsTeaching Kids With Learning Difficulties in the Regular Classroom: Strategies and Techniques Every Teacher Can Use to Challenge and Motivate Struggling Students, by Susan Winebrenner and Pamela Espeland. Free Spirit Publishing, Inc., Minneapolis, MN. This book is a comprehensive menu of options, a gold mine of proven, practical ways to help students labeled “special education,” “slow,” “remedial,” or “LD” succeed in school - without watering down content, lowering expectations, or depriving other students of a teacher's time and attention.  


Upside-Down BrillianceUpside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner, by Linda Kreger Silverman. Gifted Development Center, Denver, CO. 2002. Learn practical ways to recognize, reach, and develop visual-spatial abilities (such as imagination, three-dimensional perception, visualization, artistic expression, intuitive knowledge, scientific & technological proficiency, invention, emotional responsiveness, discovery, holistic & whole-part thinking, spirituality, holographic understanding), an overlooked form of giftedness, the gifts of the right hemisphere. Adults and children alike will find in this book an opening to hidden abilities they may not even know they have.