In our work with the gifted since 1979, it has been clear that gifted students fare better in schools when their parents are strong, knowledgeable advocates. Yet, advocacy for giftedness can feel uncomfortable and many parents admit they don’t know what to ask FOR. Associate Director, Bobbie Gilman offers consultations on advocacy to prepare you for this important role. Her Academic Advocacy for Gifted Children: A Parent’s Complete Guide (2008) was written to serve as a reference for the many questions parents ask us. It addresses advocacy issues that arise K-12, for all levels of giftedness and the twice-exceptional. Consultation with Bobbie can further explore your child’s specific needs and answer your questions on issues such as the following:
- How can I ensure that my child enjoys school more than I did?
- What is the best type of school for a gifted child? How do I choose a school?
- We have only our neighborhood school. What options in typical schools are effective for gifted children?
- We don’t call attention to our child’s giftedness. Why should we have our child tested?
- Could my child be twice-exceptional (2e)—gifted with one or more areas of disability (e.g., a learning disability, ADHD, or autism spectrum disorder)?
- My child is struggling, but the teachers don’t see it. Do schools provide identification and services for 2e students?
- How can I clarify my child’s strengths and weaknesses?
- Is homeschooling an option? How do I choose a curriculum?
- How do I plan for a highly, exceptionally or profoundly gifted child? How do I share my child’s needs with teachers? (Bobbie’s Challenging Highly Gifted Learners can help.)
- How do I successfully work with educators on my child’s behalf?
- What do I need to know to prepare for a meeting with the school?!