Related: Posts on the Topic
In my second non-fiction parenting book, Gifted, Bullied, Resilient (GHF Press, 2015), I explored the complex interaction of gifted kids and bullying/relational aggression in traditional and non-traditional education settings.
Although researchers have given us some valuable information about why gifted kids are targeted and how they may experience relational aggression more deeply, I’m more interested in the stories of families who have overcome the pain of bullying and uncovering what techniques other parents can do to help provide comfort, relief, and resolution. (And, yes, I discuss in the book what makes some gifted kids effective bullies, too.)
If you’re curious as to why I’d single out gifted/twice-exceptional (“2E”) kids for my research, please see the following links:
- Study: Gifted children especially vulnerable to effects of bullying
- 8 Ways Bullying Impacts the Gifted Student
- Taking the Bully By the Horns
- Hoagie’s: Bullies and Bullying – A wonderful list of resources and materials on the topics
- Dabrowski’s Overexcitabilities or Super Sensitivities in Gifted Children – This post doesn’t talk about bullying per se but reveals how sensitivities can result in behavior, including strong reactions to bullying
If you’re interested, I am available to travel and speak on this topic, schedule permitting. Thus far I’ve spoken at national and regional conferences as well as middle school settings.