Many gifted children suffer their own kind of trauma as they cope with trying to fit into society and expectations placed on them. Having society, parents, teachers, a school system not understand them and how they think and learn, can have a profound impact on a child. Combining decades of experience working with gifted children and research with children coping with trauma, we developed several strategies adults should know about these unique children.
Adam Laningham is an author, consultant and founder of Bright Child Books LLC. He is the gifted coordinator in Deer Valley School District in Arizona.He has over 18 years of experience in the field of education.Having been recognized as the Arizona Gifted Teacher of the Year , Adam has taught at several schools and multiple grade levels, run numerous gifted programs, and is currently serving on the Board for the Arizona Association for Gifted & Talented. Melissa Sadin, Ed.D. is the executive director of Ducks and Lions-Trauma Sensitive Resources. She is the program director for Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools for the Attachment and Trauma Network; she is serving on the board. She is the Special Education Director at the Unity Charter School. Currently, Dr. Sadin works as an education consultant and developmental trauma expert providing professional development to school districts, municipal service providers, and parents. Nathan Levy is an author, consultant and, president of Nathan Levy Books LLC. Nathan is the author of more than 40 books sold in the USA and all over the world. His unique Stories With Holes series continues to be proclaimed the most popular activity used in gifted, special education and regular classrooms. An extremely popular, dynamic speaker on thinking, writing and differentiation, Nathan is in high demand as a workshop leader in schools and business settings.. He has worked as a school principal, district supervisor, gifted coordinator.