Students who have both gifts and disabilities exhibit remarkable talents or strengths in one area and disabling weaknesses in another. For example, the student may be highly verbal, but may be disorganized or have poor spelling and handwriting skills, as well. As he or she grows older, the gap may widen between expectations and performance. The focus is only on the disability and not the gifts.
Teaching Gifted Students With Disabilities offers both general information on gifted students with disabilities, as well as specific analysis of those with ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome. Several case studies offer an empathic first-person view from the eyes of teachers, parents, and the students themselves, and a section on identification and instructional strategies will arm teachers with crucial information and ideas on how to work with and help these students.
About the Author
She is editor of Gifted Child Today and serves on the editorial boards of Gifted Child Quarterly and Journal for Advanced Academics. She is the author of Identifying Gifted Students: A Practical Guide. She also coauthored the Independent Study Program and three tests that are used in identifying gifted students: Test of Mathematical Abilities for Gifted Students (TOMAGS), Test of Nonverbal Intelligence (TONI-3), and Screening Assessment for Gifted Students (SAGES-2).
James Kendrick, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Baylor University. He holds a doctorate in Communication and Culture from Indiana University, Bloomington. For 7 years, he was the Scholarly Division Editor at Prufrock Press Inc., where he oversaw the publication of several research journals and numerous books in the field of gifted education.