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Kay, Kiesa. (2000). Uniquely Gifted: Identifying and Meeting the Needs of the Twice Exceptional Student. Gilsum. Avocus. Kiesa Kay has drawn together heartfelt essays from parents, wisdom from school administrators, and research from many of the top experts in the field.  It is an excellent resource woven together with intelligence and compassion.  Parents, teachers, principals, counselors, and psychologists will all benefit from reading this book.

Silverman, L. K. (2002). Upside-Down Brilliance: The Visual-Spatial Learner. Denver: DeLeon. Silverman applies her abundant clinical experience to understanding the plight of children who are high spatial/lower verbal (the opposite of the usual pattern found in children accepted for gifted programs) and helping them cope with a world that isn't designed very well for them.

Webb, Amend, et al. (2005). Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger's, Depression, and Other Disorders. Scottsdale. Great Potential Press.  Too often our brightest kids are misunderstood because of their behaviour.  It seems that some educators and clinicians are too quick to label these kids ADHD or Asperger's or OCD.  Webb and his colleagues help us realize that, in fact, they could just be showing quite normal signs of their giftedness.

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