In my second non-fiction parenting book, Gifted, Bullied, Resilient, I explored the complex interaction of gifted kids and bullying/relational aggression. The book is unusual in that I address the issues in both traditional and non-traditional educational settings (i.e., homeschool co-ops).
Note that my school author talk for this book is geared for tweens and teens and includes mention of G/2E issues but is designed to address bullying more broadly. (Read more or see “Presentations” below.)
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’m exploring 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
- A short reading list (with Affiliate Links) can be found here via my Facebook page
- Be sure to see below on this page the Pinterest board curated by myself and members of the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum (GHF) and GHF Press team
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 and middle school settings.
Take The Survey
Early in the research process, I began collecting stories and anecdotes about the impact of bullying and relational aggression upon gifted and/or twice exceptional (“2E”) kids and their families through a non-scientific online survey. You may still tell your family’s story, if you wish, through the survey instrument:
Parents and guardians: If you have something to say on that topic, I invite you to participate in my non-scientific survey.
Educators, gifted adults and other stakeholders in the welfare of gifted children: I welcome your input on this topic as well. However, because the survey is designed specifically for parents and guardians, you may prefer to use the contact form or leave a comment below.
Follow Along on Pinterest
Over on my Facebook page, I’ve got a note up with a list of books that myself and many of the parents recommend. See also StopBullying.gov if you’re in the midst of dealing with a bullying issue and need solid advice ASAP.