This book will provide strategies that help the adults support the children in their lives. It is meant to be a useful, easy-to-access resource for parents, as well as educators, based on the research and strategies three veteran gifted educators have used to support all kinds of children, including twice-exceptional, over their careers.
This book is written from a collaboration of educator and parental voices, so parents understand what goes on in the classroom. This understanding empowers parents to make informed intentional choices to holistically support gifted and struggling children.
About the Authors
Adam C Laningham, author of Gifted Children & How Trauma Impacts Them, and Thinkology 2.0, has over 20 years of experience in the field of education. Adam was recognized as the Arizona Gifted Teacher of the Year, he has taught at several schools in multiple grade levels, created and facilitated numerous gifted programs, and also served as a district gifted services manager coordinating programs for over 6000 gifted students.
Adam has served on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Association for Gifted & Talented for many years and is currently the President Elect of SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted). As founder and owner of Bright Child AZ, Adam is an international speaker, consultant, and gifted advocate.
Dr. Lin Lim is the Dean of Students and Communications at Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity in Education (BGS). She holds a doctorate in psychology from Boston University, an Academic Graduate Certificate in Mind, Brain, and Education (Johns Hopkins University), and an Academic Graduate Certificate in 2e Education (BGS). Her current interests include interdisciplinary embodied complex dynamic systems thinking and practical applications around positive parenting, education, school-workplace transitions, and human development. She founded Quark Collaboration Institute, a non-profit that focuses on human dignity and wellbeing across the lifespan for all. She serves on the boards of several gifted-related non-profits - Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG), National Association for Gifted Children Parent Editorial Content and Advisory Board, Gifted Homeschoolers Forum (GHF), Gifted Education Family Network, and PGRetreat.org.
Val Wilson holds a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, along with several certifications and endorsements in gifted learners, elementary education, adult education, reading, ELA, ESL, and math. Val has been teaching for over three decades, and currently works as a gifted specialist and coach for a Title I School. She is also a Multi-Tiered System of Support Coordinator and a Professional Learning Community Facilitator for Science and Social Studies at her school. Val has also taught instructional techniques for various learners at the college and professional development level over the past seven years, both on-line and in person.
In her spare time, Val is the appointed Public Art Commissioner of the City of Youngtown AZ, who recruits and supports local gifted artists. She is also CEO of Veldazio Rudolpho, her artwork design label and company.