User's Guide to the Uniquely Gifted Site
Welcome to Uniquely Gifted - a collection of resources for
families with gifted/special needs children and
professionals who work with them. If this is your first visit, you may be
finding the volume of information here a bit overwhelming. If so, these
suggestions may be helpful:
If you are new to the world of gifted/special needs children,
you may want to start by reading some
Introductory Articles on twice-exceptional kids, as well as
Also, since special education involves lots of abbreviations and acronyms,
there's a Glossary.
If you want to learn more about specific special needs, go to
the page Information on Specific Special
Needs, which has links to sites addressing a wide variety of issues.
If you are still figuring out what your child's special needs are, you may
also want to visit the section on Assessment
(includes information on testing and Functional Behavioral Assessments).
You may also want to visit the section on Treatment.
Many of us have found online support groups (email lists,
bulletin boards) to be a valuable source of information and support. You
can find information on them at Online
If you are navigating the Special Education system, you will
find information on SpEd law, IEPs, and advocacy in the section
Advocacy/Special Education: Getting What Your
Child Needs from Schools. If your child needs accommodations you may
also want to look at the section on
Some issues of special concern for parents are homeschooling,
residential placements, camps, and college - there's information on these
areas at Especially for Parents.
If you are a teacher, psychologist, or other professional,
there is information geared towards your needs at
Especially for Professionals.
One additional area you may find helpful is the section on
Unfortunately, bullying is a problem for many gifted/special
needs children. There are links to information on dealing with this
problem in the section on Bullying.
There are helpful books on specific special needs, special
education, teaching special needs children, and more - you can find a
selection at Useful Books.
Sometimes it's helpful to hear from other people who have been
through this - that's why I have a section of
And, because I'm from Massachusetts, I have a special section
of the site with Massachusetts
Friday October 06, 2006