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Best Online Resources for Gifted Information

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Crowdsourcing has long been thought of as one of the strengths of the Internet and specifically social media communities. This week on #gtchat, we asked our participants to tell us what information they most often seek online regarding gifted issues and where to find the best resources. We also wanted to know how important a sense of community was to those who weekly join us at #gtchat. Self-election was considered acceptable and encouraged. Their links are listed below. The transcript for this chat may be found at Storify.



Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented and sponsored by is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Fridays at 7E/6C/5M/4P in the U.S., Midnight in the UK and Saturdays 11 AM NZST/9 AM AEST to discuss current topics in the gifted community and meet experts in the field. Transcripts of our weekly chats can be found at Storify. Our Facebook Page provides information on the chat and news & information regarding the gifted community. Also, checkout our new Pinterest Page and Playlist on YouTube.

Head Shot 2014-07-14  About the author: Lisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT and Social Media    Manager of the Global #gtchat Community. She is a longtime advocate for gifted children and also blogs at  Gifted Parenting Support. Lisa can be contacted at:


Facebook Groups and Pages:

Gifted Parenting Support Page*** Page*

Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page

Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT Page

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Page

Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented Page

About Gifted Children Page

Laughing at Chaos Page

My Little Poppies Page

Mr. Gelston’s One Room Schoolhouse Page

Favorite Blogs:

Gifted Parenting Support***

Sprite’s Site

Laughing at Chaos

Gifted Resources Blog

Gifted Homeschoolers Blog List

Hoagies’ Gifted Blog Hop List

My Little Poppies

Crushing Tall Poppies

Creating Curriculum for Gifted Children

Not Just Child’s Play

Incredible Journey of Giftedness

Red, White and Grew

Personas, Profiles and Portraits

Lisa Van Gemert (aka Gifted Guru)**

Jade Ann Rivera

Mrs. Brown’s Class

Marianne Kuzujanakis … oh how I see


Advanced Academics Update

Teach from the Heart

Bob Yamtich, MFT

Publishers of Gifted Books/Curriculum:

GHF Press

Great Potential Press

Prufrock Press

Kendall Hunt

Free Spirit Publishing

Tumblehome Learning

Hawker Brownlow Education

Royal Fireworks Press

The Critical Thinking Co.


TAGT Legacy Award 2015 Nominees

Best Online Courses:*

GHF Online

Mr. Gelston’s One Room Schoolhouse

Online G3

Thinkwell Homeschool


CTY Online

Art of Problem Solving

William and Mary Center for Gifted Education Navigators

Kahn Academy

Code Academy



Online Learning: 3 Approaches for Gifted/2E

General: Parenting Gifted Children

Cybraryman’s Evaluating Information Page

Byrdseed Gifted**

Mensa for Kids

National Association for Gifted Children

Hoagies’ Gifted

Gifted Homeschoolers Forum Expert Picks*

SENG Gifted

Adventures of Hahn Academy Online Gifted Resources



Graphic courtesy of Lisa Conrad

* #gtchat Sponsor

** #gtchat Advisor

*** Moderator’s professional page

Guest: Christine Fonseca, Author of ‘Raising the Shy Child’

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This week, #gtchat welcomed back our friend, Christine Fonseca, Prufrock Press Author, to discuss her latest book Raising the Shy Child: A Parent’s Guide to Social Anxiety. You can check out her website and blog, follow her on Twitter, like her on Facebook, and visit her on Goodreads. You can also preview her book at Google Books.

According to Christine, Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) can be recognized by physical, cognitive, and behavioral symptoms. Physical symptoms may include headaches, nausea, palpitations, or choking. Paralyzing fear of humiliation, embarrassment by peers, excessive worry, negation, and avoidance are possible cognitive symptoms. Behavioral symptoms of SAD can include avoiding eye contact, avoiding being in the spotlight, avoiding social events, or school phobia.

Social Anxiety Disorder is more than being anxious for a moment. It can be a lifelong struggle if not dealt with early on. Kids who use excuses – constantly going to the nurse’s office, for example – to avoid certain tasks may be experiencing SAD. Because it may mimic other conditions, adults need to be responsible when dealing with a child’s anxiety!

Not all children with underdeveloped social skills will develop social anxiety. However, lacking social skills can set the stage for social anxiety. Christine told us, “SAD happens when a combination of things occur. This combo is different for everyone. Behavior inhibition, parenting style, and a traumatic event can all contribute to the development of SAD, as well as poor social skills.”

Practicing particular social skills can help any child. It sometimes helps lessen some anxiety. Acting out behaviors seem to follow anxiety. Parents and teachers need to stop and think before reprimanding a child. Kids who may be afraid of an activity may exhibit a behavior they believe will help them avoid the situation altogether. However, Christine reminded as that it is important to support giftedness before assuming SAD.

The conversation then turned to the role of perfectionism, sometimes associated with giftedness, in potential Social Anxiety Disorder. Christine believes that “perfectionism has a bad reputation.” [She] sees this as “task commitment – something that is ultimately good and necessary, but when perfectionism turns to paralysis and avoidance; THEN it is a problem. And yes, this can lead to SAD in some cases. With a mild case, you can teach social skills, work with the school to provide in class strategies, and employ CBT approaches.”

“For students experiencing SAD, support can include increased sensitivity [to the] anxiety, teaching calming techniques (deep breathing, etc) and developing safe zones at school,” Christine explained. “It’s Very important to NOT allow child to develop a habit of skipping or avoiding school or social events. This doesn’t help. [For] severe cases, use a counselor or therapist to assist. CBT and exposure methods are highly effective.”

Some behaviors come out of no where. Learning calming strategies beforehand; even practicing can be valuable. earning the triggers to anxiety can prove invaluable in the classroom as well as at home. For a more extensive review of the chat, a transcript may be found at Storify.

Raising the Shy Child Cover

Congratulations to Mr. Gelston, educator in his Virtual One Room Schoolhouse in Lexington, MA, who was the winner of a copy of Raising the Shy Child courtesy of the author!

Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Fridays at 7/6 C & 4 PT in the U.S., midnight in the UK and Saturdays 1 PM NZDT/11 AM AEDT to discuss current topics in the gifted community and meet experts in the field. Transcripts of our weekly chats can be found at Storify. Our Facebook Page provides information on the chat and news & information regarding the gifted community. Also, checkout our new Pinterest Page and Playlist on YouTube.

Head Shot 2014-07-14About the author: Lisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT and Social Media Manager of the Global #gtchat Community. She is a longtime advocate for gifted children and also blogs at Gifted Parenting Support. Lisa can be contacted at:


How to Raise Shy Kids with Confidence

Publisher’s Weekly Select 2015 Parenting Titles

Shy Kids: Do We Really Need to Change Them?

Social Phobia at Medscape

Infant-Parent Attachment: Definition, Types, Antecedents, Measurement & Outcome 

Social Anxiety Disorder Fact Sheet DSM-V (pdf)

Social Anxiety in Children: Social Skills Deficit, or Cognitive Distortion? (pdf)

Use of Differential Reinforcement & Fading with Separation Anxiety Disorder

Promoting Adolescents’ Prosocial Behavior (pdf)

When Your Child’s Exceptionality is Emotional: Looking Beyond Psychiatric Diagnosis via SENG

What is Social Anxiety?

Graphic courtesy of Lisa Conrad.

“Quiet Kids” with Christine Fonseca

Fonseca head shotThis week we welcomed author and longtime friend of #gtchat, Christine Fonseca, to discuss her book Quiet Kids about introverted gifted children. A full transcript can be found here.

Christine shared with us that she wrote the book after being inspired  by the countless stories she had from working with families struggling with their children who were introverted. As an adult introvert herself, she wanted to have others understand the strength and power of introverts. Given that so many GT individuals are gifted, she also wrote it as part of her push to help others understand giftedness.

From Christine ~ “Extroversion and introversion refer to a person’s temperament; and temperament is hardwired for the most part. It has to do with how a person utilizes energy; for extroverts, they crave social connection, thriving off of the energy of another. Introverts, renew their person energy through solitude; to them, the energy of social involvement is often overwhelming.”

We would like to thank Christine for providing a copy of her book that we gave away during the chat!

Quiet Kids book cover


Quiet Kids: Help Your Introverted Child Succeed in an Extroverted World” Book Review via @DavidsonGifted

Christine Fonseca’s Blog

Quiet Kids (book – Amazon)

Quiet Kids and Christine Fonseca” on Michelle McLean’s Blog

Child Psychologist, Christine Fonseca’s New Book Breaks the Silence on Introverted

‘Soaring with Strengths’ Sample Chapter from Quiet Kids (pdf)

Helping Your Extroverted or Introverted Child Thrive” on Bay Area Parent

Quiet Kids on GoodReads

Introverts’ 6 Biggest Management Challenges” via Lisa Van Gemert  

Special Guest: Stacy Hughes Visual Spatial Learners

Stacy Hughes

#gtchat was joined by Texas teacher, Stacy Hughes, to chat about Visual Spatial Learners. Stacy began her teaching career at the middle school level for gifted in Florida in 1990.  She taught for 10 yrs before teaching overseas. In 2009, she began teaching grades 3-5 GT in Texas.

Stacy shared that VSL learners are characterized by mainly thinking in pictures. They must visualize to learn. Some think in snapshots, some in movies. They learn in spurts, and can intuitively take learning a few steps farther. They see patterns and relationships in things. Many chat participants shared their experiences as VSL learners. A full transcript may be found here.


Gifted Development Center: Visual Spatial Learners

Visual Spatial Learners from @HoagieGifted

Eye to Eye: Connecting with Gifted Visual-Spatial Learners (Teaching Strategies) (pdf)

Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner (book) from Linda Silverman

Upside Down Brilliance

Upside-Down Brilliance (presentation handout) Silverman

Visual-Spatial Learners (book) by Alexandra Golon from Prufrock Press 


How Homeschooling Saved a Visual Spatial Learner 

Are You a Visual-Spatial Learner? From Deborah Mersino 

CruSHing TaLL PoPPies: Visual-Spatial Learners: Tapping into Their Creativity and Potential

Serving Visual-Spatial Learners (book) by Steve Coxon from Prufrock Press

Serving Visual Spatial Learners Prufrock

Parenting a Visual Spatial Child 

Eclectic Homeschooling: A Visual-Spatial Learner at Work

Visual-Spatial Learners Page from @cybraryman1 

Sensory Awareness Page from @cybraryman1 

Visual Literacy Page from @cybraryman1

Is Your Child a Visual-Spatial Learner? From Prufrock Press Blog

“I Think in Pictures, You Teach in Words: The Gifted Visual Spatial Learner” by Leslie Sword

Raising Topsy-Turvy Kids: Successfully Parenting Your Visual-Spatial Child (book) Golon/Silverman

Helping Your Children Build on Their Visual-Spatial Strength in a World of Words” (pdf) from NAGC Parenting for High Potential September 2006 

 “If You Could See the Way I Think A Handbook for Visual-Spatial Kids” 

Posts about VSL on Sprite’s Site

Twice Exceptional: Is It a Gift?

Reading Up on VSL on Sprite’s Site

Visual-Spatial Thinking

Is there a Dimmer Switch for the Memory Elephant? On Sprite’s Site

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