Bright, Complex Kids: Supporting Their Social and Emotional Development


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7.2 X 9.1 X 0.4 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Jean Sunde Peterson, Ph.D., is professor emerita and former director of school counselor preparation at Purdue University. She conducts workshops on academic underachievement, prevention- and development-oriented small-group work with children and adolescents, bullying, and more.Dr. Peterson has authored more than 130 books (including Get Gifted Students Talking, How (and Why) to Get Students Talking, and Bright, Complex Kids), journal articles, and invited chapters, and her articles have appeared in all major gifted-education journals as well as the Journal of Counseling & Development, Professional School Counseling, and International Journal of Educational Reform. She has received ten national awards for scholarship, as well as numerous awards at Purdue for teaching, research, or service, and was a state teacher of the year in her first career as a classroom teacher.She lives in Indiana.Daniel B. Peters, Ph.D., is cofounder and executive director of the Summit Center. He has devoted his career to the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and families, specializing in overcoming worry and fear, learning differences such as dyslexia, and issues related to giftedness and twice-exceptionality.Dr. Peters is the author of Make Your Worrier a Warrior, its companion children's and teen's guide, From Worrier to Warrior, and the Warrior Workbook. He contributed to Twice Exceptional: Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students with Learning Difficulties and toughLOVE: Raising Confident, Kind, Resilient Kids, coauthored Raising Creative Kids, and has authored many articles on topics related to parenting, family, giftedness, twice-exceptionality, dyslexia, and anxiety. He cofounded and codirects Camp Summit, a camp for gifted children, and hosts the Parent Footprint Podcast with Dr. Dan.Dr. Peters was recognized as the 2018 Mental Health Professional of the Year by Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) and received the 2013 Distinguished Service Award from the California Association for Gifted.He lives in Northern California.


"Peterson and Peters have written a practical guide exploring the topics that are most important in learning about, and understanding, bright children. I always know a resource book is valuable when reading it makes me think about students I know and how it would help them make better sense of themselves. Educators, parents, and mental health professionals will learn more about what bright students need from us and can use ideas from this book to support and nurture increased self-awareness in gifted youth. The authors help us to discern pitfalls of misdiagnosing what it truly is that these young people need us to know about them, so that they may 'be seen' and thrive."--Terry Bradley, M.A., gifted education consultant and past president, Colorado Association for Gifted and Talented
"Great things happen when a well-respected scholar joins a clinical psychologist in collaborating on a project that involves a shared passion. Peterson and Peters have done just that. Through their insights, shared experiences, and scholarship, the authors bring a deep understanding of how to support the social and emotional development of highly able children and teens. Grounded in contemporary theory and research, filled with practical suggestions for teachers, counselors, and families, and delivered in an accessible writing style, Bright, Complex Kids will serve as an informative resource for all who work with children and teens with high ability."--Thomas P. Hébert, Ph.D., professor, Gifted and Talented Education, University of South Carolina
"Jean Peterson and Dan Peters have created an important book with practical advice for parents and teachers about authentically relating to gifted children and youth and helping them with their emotional issues. Bright, Complex Kids is a unique blend of the authors' counseling and clinical insights, embedded in Jean Peterson's stellar empirical research. The authors urge readers to learn from the children themselves and 'embrace their awesome complexity.' Highlights of the book are Jean's Asset-Burden Paradox and Dan's Worry Monster. This excellent resource should be in every doctor's office and is recommended for parent book clubs."--Linda Kreger Silverman, Ph.D., licensed psychologist, founder, Gifted Development Center/ISAD
"This book is recommended for parents, educators, health professionals, school leaders, and community members who are looking for ways to improve access, understanding, support, and resources to all students."-- "MiddleWeb"
"In Bright, Complex Kids, gifted education experts Drs. Jean Sunde Peterson and Daniel B. Peters combine their vast experience and wisdom as practitioners and scholars to coauthor a fantastic resource for parents and others invested in understanding the unique social and emotional needs and concerns of high-ability youth. Engaging, informative, and practical, this book will surely be a favorite on the readers' bookshelf. Filled with keen insights, useful suggestions and strategies, and relevant case examples that bring the content to life, Bright, Complex Kids is a treasure trove of information and truly a delight to read. I don't like this book--I LOVE it!"--Michelle C. Muratori, Ph.D., senior counselor at Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and faculty associate at Johns Hopkins School of Education
"Bright, Complex Kids is the book I have been waiting for! Written by two esteemed names in gifted education, this book shares with us combined treasures of wisdom from two colleagues who have grown a lasting friendship around both their shared and divergent experiences with bright and gifted children, adolescents, and adults. While predominantly a book for parents, any counselor, teacher or other caregiver will find this beautifully written and highly readable book full of helpful information, touching case studies, seasoned insight, and encouraging guidance for understanding and nurturing the bright and gifted they care about and love. Each chapter is a gem, and the combined work is an exceptionally rich and welcoming read. I cannot wait to tell my colleagues, friends, students and clients about this book!"--Debra Mishak, Ph.D., PSC, Winona State University, and private practitioner counseling gifted and talented teens and adults
"Bright, Complex Kids is a gift to the field of gifted education. Within the pages of their book, Dr. Peterson and Dr. Peters offer educators, clinical professionals, and caregivers a masterful course in understanding and nurturing the affective needs of high-ability children. Their book is filled with gentle reminders and research-based strategies (many informed by their own research) that will help adults truly open themselves to learning about the complex nature of high ability. Through a nonjudgmental and strengths-focused approach, the authors guide adults in how to meaningfully engage and interact with high-ability children. They offer hands-on strategies that are intended not only to empower bright, complicated kids, but also the caring adults in their lives."--Jennifer A. Ritchotte, Ph.D., associate professor, co-coordinator of Gifted & Talented Graduate Programs, and director of the Center for Gifted and Talented Education, University of Northern Colorado, and coauthor of Start Seeing and Serving Underserved Gifted Students
"Jean Peterson and Dan Peters have spent decades working with--and learning from--bright and complex kids. This book synthesizes their knowledge and compassionate understanding to provide insights into the hearts, minds, and experiences of these bright, talented, and creative youth. The two authors share stories from the lives of the children they have worked with, and they provide resources, recommendations, and guidance for those who know, care about, love--and sometimes are confounded by--them. I can't recommend this book highly enough!"--Dr. Susan Daniels, cofounder and educational director of Summit Center, associate dean of Bridges Graduate School, and author of Visual Learning and Teaching