Gifted & Talented 101

Learn the ins and outs of gifted children, from characteristics to behavior strategies and educational options.
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  • Lectures 41
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • 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.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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

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

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Welcome

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.


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

Section 2: What is Gifted?

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

6 pages

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


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


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


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


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

2 pages

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


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


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


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

Section 3: Intensity and Asynchrony

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

5 pages

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


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.


Reflection and practice related to overexcitabilities and asynchronous development.

Section 4: Perfectionism, Stress & Anxiety

Discover the positive and negative aspects of perfectionism.


Two Zaption videos on perfectionism


Strategies for helping children with perfectionism


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


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


Reflection and practice to help with perfectionism, stress and anxiety

Section 5: Mindset and Motivation

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


Zaption TED Talk: In Defense of a High School Underachiever


Discover the power of a fixed and growth mindset.


Carol Dweck speaks more on mindset.

9 pages

A powerful article on the influence that praise has on children


Motivate students by fueling passions, strengths and interests


Reflection and practice to improve motivation and mindset

Section 6: Pathways

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


Learn more about test results and IQ scores.


What educational options are available for gifted students?

3 pages

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


Why do many gifted children need something different in school?


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


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


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

Section 7: Closure

Students speak about their perceptions of being gifted.


Summing it up


Final reflection and practice

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Instructor Biography

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.

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