Gifted & Talented 101
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Gifted & Talented 101

Learn the ins and outs of gifted children, from characteristics to behavior strategies and educational options.
4.7 (3 ratings)
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Created by Penelope Heinigk
Last updated 3/2016
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 17 Articles
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Identify the characteristics and recognize the needs of gifted children
  • Apply strategies to help with intense behaviors
  • Help a child who is challenged by perfectionsim
  • Understand the identification process
  • Cultivate a growth mindset and passion for life and learning
  • Determine educational pathways that are a good fit for the child
  • Advocate appropriately for your gifted child
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  • COURSE REQUIREMENTS: You will need a computer or smartphone to access and download the lectures and access to a printer if you wish to print out the articles. Each section offers suggestions for activities to help you on your parenting journey. Willingness to reflect, dig deeper and try new strategies will greatly enhance your experience with this course.

Is it normal for a child to read the entire Harry Potter series before second grade? To know every detail about every type of dinosaur? To burst into tears because something is too cute to bear? To continually ask why and what if questions? To interject obscure facts and use big words at the most surprising times? To refuse to do something for reasons unbeknownst to you? To be more drawn to older kids and adults than age peers?

For a gifted child, yes! In this course, participants will delve deep into the needs and nature of gifted children, gain strategies to handle those intensities and issues that can get in the way of success and happiness, learn advocacy skills/tactics and determine an educational pathway that will be more likely to foster growth and a continued passion for learning and life.

Parenting a gifted child is a unique journey that can sometimes be completely bewildering and overwhelming. This course serves as a basic roadmap to help you better understand your child and choose the routes that will further cultivate his or her potential and joy.

Divided into six sections - What is Gifted?, Intensity & Asynchrony, Perfectionism, Motivation & Mindset, and Pathways - this course contains video content from myself and outside sources, readings and resources for further learning, as well as suggestions for further research, reflection and tasks to try. It is suitable for parents and anyone working with gifted children.

Who is the target audience?
  • Parents of gifted or precocious children
  • Caretakers or family members of gifted children
  • Educators - this course does not specifically address teaching strategies, however the information and topics covered are beneficial for anyone working with gifted children
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Curriculum For This Course
41 Lectures
2 Lectures 06:10

Welcome to Gifted & Talented 101. This lecture gives you an overview of the topics we cover in this course and introduces you to your instructor, Penelope Heinigk.

Preview 06:00

Visit a virtual bulletin board to post your concept of giftedness.

Try it!
What is Gifted?
10 Lectures 14:21

This lecture examines formal definitions of the term "gifted."

Definitions of Gifted

Resource:  An article from NAGC that gives individual state definitions of giftedness

Resource: Definitions of Giftedness by State
6 pages

Learn about the characteristics that are commonly found in gifted individuals.

Characteristics of Gifted Children

Zaption Video: Dr. Dan Peters talks to parents about characteristics of gifted children.

Dr. Dan Peters: Characteristics of Gifted Children

Want to know more about gifted characteristics?  Here are some resources where you can dig deeper.

Further Resources: Characteristics of Gifted Individuals

This lecture discerns the many differences between the bright child and the gifted learner.

Bright Child, Gifted Learner

Gifted expert Bertie Kingore shares her interpretation of the Bright Child, Gifted Learner and Creative Thinker.

Resource: Bright Child, Gifted Learner, Creative Thinker
2 pages

Let's clear up some of the common myths and misconceptions around giftedness!

Myths & Misconceptions

High school students demonstrate 10 myths and countering facts about gifted education in the NAGC produced video.

Top 10 Myths of Gifted Education

Here are some suggestions for research, reflection and practice related to this section of the course.

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Intensity and Asynchrony
5 Lectures 07:59

An introduction to Dabrowski's overexcitabilities (ability to respond more deeply to stimuli).


This article from SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) goes into more depth around the overexcitabilities and offers strategies for coping.

Resource: Overexcitability and the Gifted - SENG Article
5 pages

This lecture explains asynchronous development in gifted children.


This lecture consists of a Zaption video of Dr. Dan Peters giving further insights on asynchronous development.

Asynchronous Development and Level of Giftedness

Reflection and practice related to overexcitabilities and asynchronous development.

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Perfectionism, Stress & Anxiety
6 Lectures 06:00

Discover the positive and negative aspects of perfectionism.

What is perfectionism?

Two Zaption videos on perfectionism

How can wanting to be perfect be bad?

Strategies for helping children with perfectionism

What can parents do to help with perfectionism?

Learn why gifted children are susceptible to stress and anxiety and gain tools to help them manage.

Stress & Anxiety

Article from SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted)

Further Resources for Stress & Anxiety

Reflection and practice to help with perfectionism, stress and anxiety

Try it!
Mindset and Motivation
7 Lectures 04:58

What motivates a gifted child and why do some gifted children underachieve?

What motivates gifted children?

Zaption TED Talk: In Defense of a High School Underachiever

Underachievement TED Talk

Discover the power of a fixed and growth mindset.

What is mindset?

Carol Dweck speaks more on mindset.

Carol Dweck

A powerful article on the influence that praise has on children

How Not to Talk to Your Kids
9 pages

Motivate students by fueling passions, strengths and interests

Cultivating Passions, Interests and Strengths

Reflection and practice to improve motivation and mindset

Try it!
8 Lectures 17:27

Learn how gifted students are formally identified and what tests are typically used.


Learn more about test results and IQ scores.

What do these test scores mean?

What educational options are available for gifted students?

What do gifted students need to be successful in school and life?

Stephanie Tolan uses the metaphor of a cheetah in the zoo to help  us understand the experiences of gifted children in the regular classroom.

Is it a cheetah? Metaphorical Article
3 pages

Why do many gifted children need something different in school?

Thinking Outside the Box

Three TED Talks that help paint a picture of the state of education today and what students really need to become happy, successful adults.

Preview 00:17

Discover a variety of options that might be available for your child.

Preview 05:44

Research, reflection and practice to help you pinpoint your child's needs and find an educational match.

Try it!
3 Lectures 04:36

Students speak about their perceptions of being gifted.

On Being Gifted

Summing it up

Realities of Giftedness

Final reflection and practice

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About the Instructor
Penelope Heinigk
4.7 Average rating
3 Reviews
9 Students
1 Course
Living Minds

After receiving my Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 2001, I began my career teaching 7th and 8th grade Language Arts in a gifted middle school program in the Denver metro area. I taught for four years, and after taking 2 years off with my daughter, came back to the same school district as a Gifted and Talented Resource Teacher, where I assist with identification and instructional programming for gifted students, conduct professional development for teachers, and help parents navigate the system.

Another part of my job consists of creating and facilitating online courses for teachers. This is where I developed my passion for online teaching and learning. In 2009 I became an adjunct instructor with Adams State University, where I have developed and facilitate several graduate level courses on various topics of gifted education.

In addition to my day jobs, I also do educational consulting on the side. I conduct cognitive assessments, facilitate parents groups, teach classes, advocate for students, help parents navigate educational pathways and present at conferences.

Even though I have had a rich plethora of professional experiences, my greatest teacher has been my own daughter. Highly gifted and infinitely complex, my journey with her has taught me more about the gifted than anything else.