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Losing Our Minds: Gifted Children Left Behind

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Written for parents and teachers who work with gifted children, this book describes behaviors of children who are measured at the highest ranges of intelligence. The data indicate there are many more of these children than previously thought. Fascinating vignettes from 50 different families and their highly intelligent children are included. Testing, test scores, and inter ...more
Paperback, 351 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Great Potential Press
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May 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I was totally engrossed in this book, carrying it with me wherever I went and quoting out of it to whomever was around me. The author uses real children as her examples, and gives clear analyses of educational research into the education of gifted children.

One of the sections that was especially interesting to me was the concept of “levels of giftedness.” Once brought up, it seems obvious. There are levels or degrees of mental and physical handicaps – of course there would be levels of giftedne
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Grace
Jun 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
I read a half dozen books about giftedness in the winter of 2007-2008. This book was one of the most enlightening ones.

I especially appreciated the comparisons of how several children scored on different intelligence tests. There are so many "intelligence" tests/scales; the same child can score up to 50 points apart on different tests (and at different ages). IQ scores should be taken with a grain of salt.

The coverage of the different levels of giftedness is also helpful. Most people can identif
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April Helms
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I knew something about the process of testing a child for giftedness (a friend from college has a daughter who was tested), but I had no idea how much was involved in identifying giftedness, and the levels of giftedness. I found this book insightful for my job in covering education. Ruf interviews several families of gifted children at each level, as well as points out the challenges families could face (not to mention schools- how do you educate a first-grader who is already capable of doing mi ...more
Jo Oehrlein
Jul 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Deborah Ruf’s basic premise is that an IQ score isn’t enough. She says that within a narrow band of “gifted” scores (120+ on modern IQ tests), there are 5 different levels of giftedness ranging from 1 to 5. She uses descriptions of actual kids (and quotes from their parents) when defining the levels, to give you practical ideas of what each level means. She also says that the levels aren’t fixed. The kids can move between levels depending on their drive, undiagnosed LDs, etc. Her book doesn’t re ...more
Calle Brookes
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really found the list of characteristics for each of the five levels of giftedness to be the most helpful. As well as the anecdotal summaries from parents of what their kids were like at different ages.

It helped me understand my daughter a lot better. Especially in the areas of focus and discipline. To see that she's not just tantruming (she's 3) or ignoring us, but is lost in thought and we're startling her! And it explained why she can focus for hours on something she's interested in, rathe
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Sheridan
Nov 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: parents of gifted children
Recommended to Sheridan by: Jenn
Shelves: gifted
I think this is a great book for parents of gifted kids, or even for parents wondering if their child is gifted.

The author divides gifted kids up into different levels and explains their differences. I think the book is also great at explaining the different needs and challenges of gifted children.

The only problem I had with the book is that it really didn't deal with gifted kids with learning challenges (it touched on it BRIEFLY) but if I just looked at her descriptions of when gifted kids lea
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Kristi Wilson
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Essential if you find yourself with one of those kids who has a mind that is racing ahead of their age. Dr. Ruf is passionate about helping parents create a home and educational world where these sorts of children will be able to thrive, both emotionally and academically. She explains the distinctions of various levels of giftedness and why it is often challenging for local schools to engage them. She is not calling for a mass exodus of these kids from the public schools. Rather, she seeks to he ...more
Angela Wade
The best resource on the subject I've found so far. Immensely helpful and filled with technical data that's easy to understand, a break-down of tests/ scores, and a step-by-step guide to the various levels of giftedness (including their traits at EVERY age of childhood).

Made me feel much less alone in what we're going through.
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Susanne
I really liked this book.....talked about how teachers are forced to teach to the bottom 1/3 of each class. That many, many more children are gifted than are recognized but funding focuses on children who are struggling, not excelling. Makes me want to homeschool:)
Tiffanny Bernsee
Feb 03, 2013 rated it liked it
While I appreciated the examples of actual experiences, I felt there were a lot to get through.
I did get a lot of information from the book and some ideas to work with at school.
Cheryl
Jul 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book has been re-published under a new title, "The Five Levels of Gifted," and the newer version is what I am currently reading. ...more
Jen
More of a "why" and what's important to challenge the advanced students. ...more
Glaiza
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
nice book
Cara Macaluso
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book made me realize more about Joey than any other book or educational journal I've read. I've considered reading out to Deobrah Ruf for an analysis of Joey. ...more
Ella
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book .... all parents should read !
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Recommends it for: parents and teachers
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