There are many resources available to help gifted kids and their parents/caregivers and teachers. Here are a few recommended starting points.
Otago Association for Gifted Children
OAGC is based in Dunedin and offers support to parents and teachers of gifted children. The association organises speakers on a range of topics throughout the year, runs activities for gifted children and their families on a regular basis and provides a lending library for members. For more information, go to the OAGC website at http://www.otagogifted.org.nz.
Hoagies' Gifted Education Page (http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/)
The self-proclaimed "all-things-gifted" page offers comprehensive resources for gifted kids and teens, their parents/caregivers and their teachers. Just about every topic on gifted education is covered here, with numerous helpful links to other sources. Be sure to check out "Gifted 101", including Stephanie S. Tolan's well-known article "Is It a Cheetah?".
SENG stands for Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted. Its website provides an amazing array of resources addressing the social-emotional needs and development of gifted kids and adults. SENG has a newsletter and also offers regular webinars on a range of topics.
TKI Gifted and Talented Online (http://www.gifted.tki.org.nz/)
The New Zealand Ministry of Education's website for gifted and talented provides information for schools, teachers, parents/caregivers, whānau and students.
This site for New Zealand's professional association for gifted education is helpful for both teachers and parents/caregivers. The "Upcoming Events" section lists national and international conferences and courses on gifted education topics. The "Resources" section offers a handy collection of links to NZ publications and research on gifted and talented education, as well as information on related advanced study opportunities.
New Zealand Association for Gifted Children (http://www.giftedchildren.org.nz/)
The NZAGC promotes the needs of gifted children at the national level and has regional branches throughout New Zealand. Members receive the NZAGC's Tall Poppies magazine. The website includes a forum for posting queries and information about NZ gifted education.
Gifted Development Center (http://www.gifteddevelopment.com/)
The place to find articles and research by Linda Silverman, the Center's director and a well-known expert in gifted identification and visual-spatial learners. Don't miss the 2009 article "What We Have Learned About Gifted Children" based on the Center's research over thirty years.
Pākiki Kids has a community library with books on many different aspects of gifted education and gifted children which PK families and cluster school staff are welcome to borrow. A few of our favourite books are:
A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children (James T. Webb, et al., 2007). The essential resource for parents/caregivers (and teachers) of gifted kids. The authors cover a wide range of topics from peer relations and sibling issues to gifted intensities and educational planning.
Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults (James T. Webb, et al., 2005). Gifted children are frequently misdiagnosed because health professionals are not aware of the characteristics and development patterns of gifted people. This book provides detailed information about diagnoses like ADHD, ODD and Asperger's. It has useful guidelines to avoid mislabelling gifted kids as well as helpful information for supporting twice-exceptional students.
The Gifted Kids' Survival Guide: For Ages 10 and Under (Judy Galbraith, 2009). A great resource written just for kids. Survival guides are available for younger and older gifted kids as well. Although the books are addressed to gifted kids, parents/caregivers and teachers of gifted students will also find these guides helpful.
Visual-Spatial Learners (Alexandra Golon, 2008). A key resource for understanding visual-spatial learners. Golon provides practical, accessible strategies that can be used by both teachers and parents/caregivers in a range of curriculum areas.
Teaching Gifted Kids in the Regular Classroom: Strategies and Techniques Every Teacher Can Use to Meet the Academic Needs of the Gifted and Talented (Susan Winebrenner, 2001). Hands-on, detailed teaching strategies and varied case studies that are useful for parents and teachers alike. Winebrenner and her co-authors have published several other valuable books on related gifted education topics.